Lynn Sharp Paine, Elizabeth Doty

As Lynn Sharp Paine noted […] most companies are simply not designed to remember commitments over time—let alone communicate them clearly, hand them off between departments, or adjust them effectively as priorities change.

W. H. Murray

Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too.

John Assaraf

The interested person will do what is convenient. The committed person will do whatever it takes.

Christopher Bones

Commitment is the emotional attachment one has to the organisation within which one works and the pride one has in its achievements. Engagement, on the other hand, is more – the demonstration of discretionary effort to ensure the organisation achieves its goals.

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Heike Bruch and Sumantra Ghoshal

Willpower goes a decisive step further than motivation. It implies a commitment that comes only from a deep, personal attachment to a certain intention. Willpower springs from a conscious choice to make a concrete thing happen. This commitment to a certain end – not to doing something but to achieving something – represents the engagement of the human will.

W.H. Murray

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness concerning all acts of initiative and creation. There is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.

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Helen Keller

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.

Mark Kingwell

Our most basic choice, the one that grounds all the others, is this: Do we attend closely to the business of our choices, or do we flee from them, in arrogance, or fear, or boredom–or some combination of all three?


People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Anatole France

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.


stupid with a plan is better than just stupid.

Peter Drucker

Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes… but no plans.