The 3rd letter for the Professional Woman: Commitment
This is the third in a series of posts that cover the whole alphabet of what the professional woman needs to know and do to succeed.
I had to ask my friend Mr. Google for some help with a search of vows, oaths and eternal promises.
"Do you take_______ to be your______..." For better or for worse, in sickness and in health...
"I do solemnly swear..."
"I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and..."
In conducting my search, I found some pretty heavy oaths but what I found most interesting was the closing remarks of one, in particular: Before you raise your right hand, make sure you understand what you are swearing or attesting to. The oath of ( ) should not be taken lightly, you will be bound by it for the next ( ) years.
No pressure, right? If only society as a group carried the weight of the word, commitment, on their shoulders... but, I'm here to enlighten, so...
Let's have some fun with this, ok?
Do you take XXX Co. to be your "full-time employer", 40+ hours a week, in rain or in shine, in deadlines and committees, in long commutes and long work days and standing lunches or no lunches at all, as long as you all shall be paid?
Onto the third letter, C: Commitment.
Consistency and commitment, are they the same? Or does one try to be consistent in their commitments? Is it so hard to make that promise? The answer, though obvious to me, isn't always that easy unless, you're in love. In love with an idea, smitten with the position you've taken in your career. Or, you absolutely love how it affects your home life, your social calendar, your marriage, etc. Here's a shot glass to get a taste of reality.
Commitment, it applies to all aspects of life. When you take a job you promise to show up for work and fulfill the job requirements. When you have a child, you promise to raise them with loving hands and a warm heart, sending them off into the world with a solid foundation of morals and values. When you sign a mortgage agreement, you are obligated (a.k.a. committed) to make payments once a month on the loan.
To the professional woman: Be where your feet are
Commitment, it's a 10 letter word loaded with a heavy obligation but if your heart and your mind are behind the word, then it's not so big at all. It becomes the force that drives you and you're excited to be a part of something that's bigger than you! Be where your feet are, be present in the moment.
Did you make a promise to someone? Do you promise to do your job and do it well? Success will come to those who are committed to their goals. Do you have a list of goals? Where do you keep that list? Is it in a location where you can see it daily to remind you of what you're striving for?
My list is above my bureau, and is a constant reminder of where I'm headed. On it are small attainable goals. Some of them are outside my comfort zone and the last goal is a life long one for me. I'll admit that sometimes when I look at that list, I let out an exasperated sigh wondering when I'll be able to cross something off of the list. And then I remember that I'm committed to working towards a better more independent woman. What are your commitments in life?
Do you dare take the challenge and write your goals down and place them in a highly visible area? I dare you. Go ahead. And please share with me, how this has helped you!
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