For the past few weeks I have been grappling with a new concept that was brought to my attention—the concept of hidden and undeclared commitments. Essentially, guiding all of our actions or inactions, there is a hidden commitment that is operating in the background. Those commitments are sometimes in line with our universal needs.
This concept of hidden commitments has been explored by various psychologists, and can be hard to wrap your head around. It is probably easiest if I give you examples from my own life so that you can understand what I am taking about. Here are some of my hidden commitments and how they manifest in my life.
What are your hidden and undeclared commitments?
This week, I urge you to look closely at the actions or inactions that you take and try to determine what hidden commitment is lurking in the background, driving your decisions. As you begin to uncover them, take some time to reflect on how these hidden commitments may be competing with other commitments that you have made for yourself.
How might these hidden commitments be preventing you from reaching your goals in life or at work? How can you honor both sets of commitments, while still allowing you to grow?