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I must say that looking back on my last two (2) jobs as a professional organizer, I have been doing a lot of soul-searching.  There have been a number of things that were revealed regarding my purpose as an organizer/missionary.  I have also been enlightened to certain things that are required of my clients.  Organizing is not a ONE-SIDED PROCESS for me.  Just because I am being paid, does not necessarily relieve the client of all accountability for the outcome.  I need the client to be an active participant in the process.

So where does commitment come in?  I need the client’s commitment to the project, in order for it to be successful.  Wikipedia defines Commitment as the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.. It is also known as a pledge or an undertaking. A commitment is never supposed to be broken, if it is broken; that means it was never a commitment rather was just a pretense and/or a lie.  Please don’t misunderstand, I believe that all clients desire to be committed to the project, but based on my observations, some really just want me, the organizer, to just make it happen.  Many professional organizers can do just that, but I have found that I would prefer not to.  Both ways are fine, depending on the client and the organizer.   This may sound a bit strange, but just because they are paying you does not mean that they are committed to the project.  No matter what type of business, job, position, etc., we are in, we must understand what is expected of us and what we can expect of our client, customer, co-worker, partner, etc.  It is almost always a Two-Way Street.

As I have stated more times than I know you want to hear, organizing for me goes way beyond the stuff, the space … it’s creating order in a person’s life.  No, I am not trying to psychoanalyze people, but the missionary in me wants people to achieve the order in their lives that God has ordained.  So what am I getting at?  not really sure….  My experiences as a new business owner / professional organizer has led to MUCH self-discovery!!!!!   We must identify our opportunities before we can address them.  Now understand all “opportunities” are not bad, they are a chance for advancement or progress.  

What self-discoveries have you made lately?  How have expectations of yourself and others changed, based on those discoveries?

Know that when God puts us in a new place, an unfamiliar place, an uncomfortable place… it AIN’T just because He didn’t have anything better to do!!!!  🙂  For everyone to whom much is given, from him/her much will be required…  Luke 12:48b

7 thoughts on “Commitment

  1. Commitment is everything in life, faith, relationship, work, marriage, being, seeking commitment in projects and in life…writing, counseling with God’s nudging…without true commitment our life would be very empty…and we ALL need accountability:) We are all very human:)

  2. This is a great subject matter candy as I have to dealing people every day regarding commitment and my own struggles to
    For me and my clients the focus is based on core values ~ where self motivation comes from and a service entered on their best interest, thanks for your post.

    My question ~ is it worth trying to keep a client intrested if their losing interest in my services ?

    • That’s a great question. My answer would be no. It will also hurt you and the client in the long run. Maybe there is someone else better suited for that client. We have to honest with ourselves as we assess whether we should “make” the client stick with it. We also don’t just want to throw in the towel either without at least trying different things. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  3. I recently had an experience at work that was uncomfortable. I had to really look at how I was handling it. I learned something important about my own work style and I learned a different way of doing things. Thanks for sharing. It’s a good reminder as adults we can still learn.

    • That is so true, Amy. I believe that especially as adults, it is important that we do a self-inspection. There is always room for improvement, but we have to look at where we are first. Thanks for the comment!

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