The other day a friend received a document from his attorney that represents a company he works for. After making several revisions to the document, he sent it back for the attorney for final approval. Within an hour, he had given him the final document for the Companies Board members to approve, simply get the Boards approval. My friend personally delivered the document to each member and asked that they respond by 10:00 pm that evening, plenty of time for review. Three days later he had ran down the six members and finally received a response.
How are we showing up in the world? In our busy lives, are we letting things slide that we ought to be responding to? Do we commit to taking something on and just become overwhelmed with the amount of tasks we have taken on? In our journey to stay committed to our commitments, do we choose the important ones first and let others side?
What commitments are the most important? Is taking your child to a their friend’s house more important than meeting a friend for lunch that you committed to three weeks ago? What about having friends invite you to lunch but you had told your boss you would work through the lunch hour to complete a paper? You commit to exercising for one hour each day but you’re tired today and you’ve exercised for three straight days. It becomes very easy to let it slide. It’s a little thing and no one will notice. It won’t matter whether I respond or not, it just doesn’t matter. I’m the only one that will know.
It matters; size has little to do with the commitment. We are all resources for each other and the commitments are what keep our communication flowing productively and our personal development working. Each person that is part of that commitment has invested time, interest, resources, and energy into making things happen and they deserve our undivided attention. Even when we can’t make an appointment, are we willing to call and let them know? Are we completed responsible for letting others know we cannot make the meeting or we will be late? Whether it is an appointment to visit with a friend or an appointment to sell $50,000.00 worth of merchandise, how do we stand when it comes to our values? Relationships are formulated with trust. When we connect with others for the little things and keep those commitments then they feel our care and concern. We create a trust that is honest and true, a rapport that deep relationships are built on.
So stop for a moment and reflex on the last month. Where are you with your commitments, big or small? We can not always keep all the commitments we have chosen but we can be committed, as the unique individual that always communicates responsibility. Care about each commitment that you make, fallow through and build trust with everyone one in your life.
Certified Transformational Coach
NLP Master Practitioner