Commitment: What It Really Means

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Happy New YearIt’s the New Year! As per usual, we’ve made our list and checked it twice, and now we announce to the world our resolutions for this new year. Again.

Resolutions don’t work well. It’s taken me a few years to figure this out for myself. Here’s why: every year we state what we’re going to do. It’s a decision, or set of decisions, we’ve written down and shared with family, friends, and, if we’re lucky, a mentor or coach, and voila! We wait for the instant change we’ve come to expect and largely ignore one simple fact:

Change takes work.

A resolution, by one definition, is merely an intent to do something; a decision or determination. [source: Dictionary.com].

What’s stronger than a resolution? A commitment. One of the definitions for commitment includes involvement, engagement. [source: Dictionary.com]

What does commitment mean to you? Would you rather make another resolution that, although the intentions are good, you will never follow through on, or a commitment to that change, and work at it all through the year?

During the month of January, I’ll explore some thoughts on “commitment” to ourselves and our businesses. I welcome your thoughts for these articles, and I’d like to know what your committing to do this year. My only request: please keep your feedback clean and non-political.

Happy New Year everyone!

Be strategic. Be visible. Be found.


Written by Lisa Raymond

Lisa Raymond

Lisa Raymond is the owner of Visibly Media LLC, a marketing company specializing in social media and inbound marketing strategies. She has a 20 year background in print and website graphic design. Lisa is a member of the Social Media Marketing Society, Business Mentor Team, AmSpirit Business Connections, and Toastmasters International. Lisa is a fanatic about sharing new ideas & tips about social media to business owners and has given presentations at both The Hive @ Central in Phoenix and THINKspot! in Mesa. Lisa has been married to the love of her life, Michael, for over 25 years; she is a mom of 4 (two still at home, one a proud Marine!), and a new grandma of a beautiful granddaughter! Lisa is THE QUEEN in her realm of organized chaos!

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