Personal Development Series

The D-Deficit (Segment 4): Commitment

I think it is important to gain an understanding of commitment. The word has a 2-part meaning, but this portion emphasizes the essence of development: an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action. Engagement represents an agreement and obligation represents conviction. Therefore, our commitment involves the dynamic duo of agreement and conviction to hold us steady in times of trial and testing. As well, commitment provides stability and direction. Restrictions are not necessarily a negative in life, but they may serve as accountability and value points. Restrictions can rescue you from self-destruction depending upon one’s maturity and understanding of your personal boundaries. Commitment originates from our heart of faithfulness in our journey of purpose, life’s calling or ministry stead. Sometimes the challenges of personal development are grueling and ever so painful. In order to achieve success, commitment in crisis is vital.

There are many considerations in commitment and some individuals do not accept or view its seriousness in the development journey. If you obtain a mortgage, loan, car note, or business funding, you are required to sign papers representing your promise to pay with interest. The contract is symbolic of your commitment. This is the same with our personal development. Commitment extends beyond what you experienced in the past, and present, but it represents your eternal signature to purpose.

The patriarch and matriarch of my ministry always imparted that life’s purpose is serious. A person not only makes a commitment; but you make a commitment to the commitment. It required many years of maturing for me to gain understanding of it all, but I trusted their impartation to know it was serious. You see, commitment to the commitment lends beyond human exchange and personal vows, but engages the greater and higher power. Making a commitment to our Creator activates our purpose. There is a bond that generates an eternal commitment that cannot be erased, deleted, exchanged, revised or delayed. Our human race has found many ways to make adjustments to suit our understanding and position our pleasures, but we are out of our league with eternity.

The D-Deficit (Segment 3): Transparency

Transparency is mandatory in personal development. This has been a part of my own personal process; as well, I have observed the evolution of truth in the lives of others. Development in your purpose, ministry or life calling requires a track of transparency before written plans, or programs.

This is not always an easy portion for individuals that struggle with forms of accountability. Transparency requires clarity, and projection in one’s life and this can be difficult to handle. It requires that all segments of your life (not just one component) become an example of decision. One of the greatest lessons I have learned is never assume that transparency is understood by others. My negligence in assuming created pain in due process and hurt in the lives of others. More damage was done because transparency was not emphasized as crucial and many thought it was optional or partial was enough.

Where does lack of transparency derive? It is a learned lifestyle. Based upon situations, circumstances and seasons in life, some individuals go into self-preservation, self-protection and self-satisfaction modes. This prompts ambiguity in our lifestyle.

Development of purpose involves developing healthier convictions and values that are not supplemented by excuses and explanations. Transparency is often misrepresented of a “tell all” or “business broadcast,” but not so. Transparency is the engagement of truth. The truth is sometimes difficult for many people to accept; this is an unfortunate reality. The transparency track is an inward process. For some, it is easier to deal with a written plan of programs than an internal illumination of you.

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