Personal commitment


Personal commitment

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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