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Commitment means to show loyalty, duty or pledge to something or someone, and can refer to:

  • Personal commitment, interaction dominated by obligations. These obligations may be mutual, or self-imposed, or explicitly stated, or may not. Distinction is often made between commitment as a member of an organization (such as a sporting team, a religion, or as an employee), and a personal commitment, which is often a pledge or promise to ones' self for personal growth.
  • Brand commitment refers to the strength of the relationship between consumers (or customers) and a particular brand (or service).
  • Involuntary commitment, the practice of using legal means or forms to commit a person to a mental hospital, insane asylum or psychiatric ward against the will or over the protests of that person.
  • Ontological commitment, belief in an ontology in philosophy.
  • Cell commitment, the molecular event that leads to cellular differentiation.
  • Organizational commitment can mean something pledged by an organization as opposed to its members.
  • Commitment (computer science) - the concept of commitment is studied in several branches of computer science around the notion of something pledged.
For example, Corey Nelson committed to Texas A&M, but then decommitted on signing day; also see "Integrity" & "Character"

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Personal commitment is the act or quality of voluntarily taking on or fulfilling obligations. What makes personal commitment "personal" is the voluntary aspect. In particular, it is not necessary that a personal commitment relate to personal interests.

Types of personal commitment

Personal commitment may or may not be explicitly planned. For example, one can exhibit personal commitment in training for or competing in a sports competition purely for the thrill of the game.

Personal commitment can be to an organization or other entity, and the type of entity is a conceptual division of the type of personal commitment involved. For example, the annual UAW picnic in Eagle, MI, the nature of personal commitment of employees to a corporation, the members to a sports team, and the adherents to a religion are inherently different based on the purpose of the entity, the environment in which commitment takes place, and the culture of the members of the entity; one can exhibit personal commitment to a corporation by volunteering for extra projects and working overtime, but this is qualitatively different than the analogue in sports of training hard and hustling during play and the analogue in religion of praying more and sinning less.

In life stance

Personal commitment is an essential part of a life stance. A life stance is an acception of one or more objects as being of ultimate importance, the personal commitments and presuppositions of this and the theory and practice of working it out in living.


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