Commitment, Character & Change

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The meaning of commitment today has changed. Our world has lost touch with the depth and meaning of that word. We make commitments to ourselves, to others, to institutions, to relationships, to our careers, and so forth, and we often do not think twice about what commitment means. We foreclose on our homes, our relationships, our families, our work, our schooling, and we often feel justified in doing so. There can be no permanent success or progress, in our personal lives or as a society, without honoring our commitments.

Commitment is hard. When unforeseen challenges arise, when other people fail us, when our commitments become more arduous than anticipated, it is easy to quit or give up. When we are not practiced at keeping our commitments, it is even easier. However, the only way to build character—the only way to change—is to commission ourselves to stand firm and immovable in our commitments.

The good news is that, as we keep commitments in the face of resistance, difficulty, and challenge, character will be forged. This is the way we heal our relationships, our families, and our institutions—we keep our commitments. Commitment creates great strength and power in individuals and families, and it is a key to overcoming addiction and other shame-based behaviors.

This course outlines why commitment is difficult, why it is important, and why it is so vitally needed today. It will help you recognize how well you currently honor commitments, and recognize ways that you can change.

This course includes:

  • 5 video segments:
    1. Meaning of Commitment (4:13)
    2. Shame, Commitment & Character (6:39 LDS / 4:00 Non-Denominational)
    3. Forging Character (7:17)
    4. Choosing Change (5:24)
    5. A Process of Willingness (8:43)
  • Total video run-time: approx. 30 minutes
  • Written homework activities

In this course, you’ll learn:

  • Why commitment is vitally important
  • What commitment means
  • Why it is common and easy to forego making and keeping commitments
  • How shame distorts our commitments and makes us feel entitled and resentful
  • The mindset behind making and keeping commitments
  • How to develop your character, and how you can begin right where you are
  • Why addiction and shame destroy character
  • How to do a “character defect inventory”
  • How change happens in our lives, and how we can become willing to change
  • Change is possible for every person. It requires three attributes:
    • Impeccable honesty
    • Rigorous responsibility
    • Humility
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