Commit.   An interesting word.  Commit to memory.  Commit suicide.  We had him committed.  I am going to commit to writing a blog.  Yes, an interesting word.

Let’s look at one definition, “to bind or obligate, as by pledge or assurance; pledge: to commit oneself to a promise; to be committed to a course of action.”  I like this definition because it includes the word action.  To bind myself to a course of action.  So, I say I am going to do something (writing a blog) and then I stay the course of action (I continue writing the blog).  I give my word and take action.  However, the definition implies more than that.  I not only give my word and take action, I bind myself to that action.  Almost as if I am locking myself up (committing myself) with that action so I cannot escape.

How does commit differ from integrity?  If I define integrity as simply honoring your word, doing what you say you are going to do, how does that differ from our definition of commit? If I honored my word 100% of the time would there be a reason the word commit?

In my view, it seems as if I commit to something if I know it will be difficult to honor my word to or if I have not been able to honor my word to this in the past.  For example, things that people would commit to: marriage, exercising, quitting smoking, writing, eating healthy etc.  It would be weird to hear a kid say they were committing to playing video games, or watching tv, or hanging out with friends.  We don’t say we are going to commit to something if we know we are going to do it.  Maybe it’s implied or maybe the intention isn’t necessary. What lies in the difference?

What is the difference for you?  Where do you need commitment?  Where do you not?