15 Great Quotes on Commitment

The word commitment has been around a long time. Obviously, the idea of commitment has been around since the beginning of time.  Some have suggested the word commitment, as a noun, came into existence somewhere around 1610. It was thought of as, “an action that officially consigning to the custody of the state.” Commitment, around 1793, would find itself slightly redefined as “the committing of oneself, pledge, promise.” By 1864, the definition became more of “an obligation, an engagement.” (*a)

The word commitment has pretty much remained unchanged as an idea, since 1864. Sure, we might have tweaked the language some but overall the concept has remained generally the same.

In fact, Collins English Dictionary defines commitment as; “1. the act of committing or pledging. 2. the state of being committed or pledged. 3. an obligation, promise, etc that restricts one’s freedom of action.” (*b)

However, what really defines how we see and understand a word has more to do with how we are willing to live it out, than what is in a dictionary. In that case, commitment as a word in our culture has actually changed a lot since the definition of 1864.

Last year, a visiting friend from Canada and I had lunch in a small neighborhood cafe. We talked about the withdrawing excuses people use to get out of commitments. We especially remarked on how many people say that they are too busy or already overcommitted. As a Pastor, he too found this disheartening. We constantly hear how busier people are today with busy things. He suggested that he did think the amount of opportunities to be busy with had changed for a few decades. The kind of opportunities might have changed, but not the available amount. Instead, he suggested that our culture has a revolving definition of commitment. At the end of the day he explained, it comes down to a game of priorities in each of our lives, not the amount of available commitments we are wrestling with. The response to an overcommitted person may be, “You are not more committed to other things than I am, you have just made something else more of a priority to commit to than I have.”

We have many commitments, but how committed we are to them is really a game of what priorities we have in our life. In culture, priorities are always changing.

Recently, I heard quite a few people tell me that they are still very much committed to something happening, despite their ability to buy-in. I have also heard people say they are committed to a club or community, even though they cannot commit to the life or events of it.

Perhaps at times, have confused family and commitment. I do not owe my family any commitment to be family. We are family by blood. To show commitment to them by attending family reunions is then a sense of honor and prioritizing our relationship. This is slightly buy seroquel xr online different than the ways we belong to Church community, neighborhood life, clubs, etc. We are not connected by blood, we are only connected by commitment in those spaces. The lack of intentionally engaged commitment, shows obviously how little we are deeply invested with that area as a priority in our life.

I believe that we are not really committed to something unless we are intentionally and actively invested and engaged with it as a priority in our life. 

That’s more than enough for me on commitment. Lots of smart people have talked about commitment. Below you will find 15 great quotes on commitment. 

  1. Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person. – Albert Einstein
  2. The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it. – Andrew Carnegie
  3. One of the most important keys to success is having the disciple to do what you know you should do, even when you don’t feel like doing it. – Anonymous
  4. There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.” – Kenneth Blanchard
  5. “No one is busy in this world. It’s all about priorities.” – Daily Inspirational Quotes
  6. “Most people fail, not because of lack of desire, but because of lack of commitment.” – Vince Lombardi
  7. “We have to recognize that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence.” ? Cornel West, Breaking Bread
  8. “The middle of the road is where the white line is, and that’s the worst place to drive.” – Robert Frost
  9. “Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all-the apathy of human beings.” – Helen Keller
  10. “Commitment is an act, not a word.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
  11. “Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.” – Abraham Lincoln
  12. “Commitment is doing the things you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.” – Darren Hardy
  13. “To increase your effectiveness, make your emotions subordinate to your commitments” – Brian Koslow
  14. “Promises may fit the friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.” – Benjamin Franklin
  15. “Promises are like the full moon, if they are not kept at once they diminish day by day” – German Proverb

There are lots of other great quotes on what commitment is, and what it looks like. Which one of these is your favorite? What thoughts or quotes on commitment would you add?

(*a) Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
(*b) B Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition

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