By Sr. Dr Lilly on 14-01-2014

“Commitment is the enemy of resistance, for it is the serious promise to press on, to get up, no matter how many times you are knocked down”. D. McNally
How important is commitment to you? Are you someone who values loyalty and follow-through? When things get tough, are you in the habit of standing firm? Is your dedication undeniable? To improve your level of commitment, tie your commitments to your values. Because your values and your ability to fulfill your commitments are closely related, take some time to reflect on them. First, make a list of your personal and professional commitments. Then try to articulate your core values. Once you have both the lists, compare them. You will probably find that you have commitments unrelated to your values. Re-evaluate them. 
The world has never seen a great leader who lacked commitment. If you want to be an effective leader, you have to be committed. Being committed involves risk. True commitment inspires and attracts people. It shows them that you have conviction. They will believe in you only if you believe in your cause .People buy in to the leader, then the vision. Commitment starts in the Heart. If you want to make a difference in other people’s lives as a leader, look into your heart to see if you’re really committed. Commitment is tested by action: It’s one thing to talk about commitment. The only real measure of commitment is action. Arthur Gordon acknowledged, “Nothing is easier than saying words. Nothing is harder than living them day after day.” Commitment Opens the Door to achievement: As a leader, you will face plenty of obstacles and opposition- if you don’t already. 
Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.  And there will be times when commitment is the only thing that carries you forward.

About The Author

Sr. Dr Lilly

Realms of value contains short thought provoking stories from Sr. (Dr) Lilly SJL who is presently Vice Prinicipal of Fatima College, Madurai. She has chaired many international missions and her works belong 'Geneder discrimination in Indian Societies' and 'Education and Empowerment of women'.