A commitment is a commitment – or is it?

You are participating in a meeting or conference call, engaging in an in-person or telephone conversation or your smartphone rings or vibrates with a new text, e-mail or voicemail message. You are being asked to respond immediately and to make a commitment of  your time, money, energy, presence, knowledge, experience or perhaps some or all of the above.

Often you are so delighted and flattered to have been asked, in the glow and heat of the moment and before you have even checked your schedule or thought about it, you respond with a resounding “YES”!  Soon after the initial excitement has subsided and you have checked your schedule only to find that you are now double booked do you realize that you are now overcommitted. Reality has set in and you must decide which of the two commitments will have to go as you can only be in one place at one time. You then ask yourself why you made the second commitment in the first place. 

Some of the reasons that you make a commitment quickly and easily are: you want to be liked, you have trouble saying no, you equate being important with being busy and overcommitted, you get caught up in the pressure to respond or you think this new commitment is even better than the initial commitment. 

Rather than responding to a request immediately, it’s wise to say “let me get back to you”, take some time to think about it, make a decision, communicate it and then move on. This will keep you from second-guessing yourself and having any regrets. You keep your power and you choose when and how much of it to give away. 

So the next time you make a commitment, remember a commitment is a commitment. Take action, honour all commitments and never drop the ball. Be the one others can count on to be there and count in to get done what needs to get done.

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About The Motivator Minute

The Motivator Minute is written by "The Motivator" who for the past 17 years has been a motivational and leadership coach for business, life and career. She offers her international clientele a creative approach to coaching, training and promoting. Her greatest strength is that she gives her clients her energy, enthusiasm, knowledge, experience, a commitment to their success and an abundance of creative ideas. She is a coach, leader, facilitator and motivational speaker who supports, encourages and motivates individuals to make positive and lasting changes in their personal and professional lives. She specializes in working with entrepreneurs who want to achieve greater success through increased business and personal visibility and credibility; with individuals who are experiencing career and life transitions and with an organization’s leaders so that they can do and be their best on the job and in their lives. Please note that all material on this blog is original and copyright protected. Copyright 2011 The Motivator All rights reserved.
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