We talk a great deal about commitment in Agile. Generally, in IT, we’re afraid to commit. When you commit it could mean you put yourself and your team on a death march. There’s no such thing as a guarantee or sure thing but, there is such a thing as commitment.
Commitment means you will give your all. Your absolute best. You will do this for your team and yourself because you take your word seriously AND you want to give and be your best. Beyond yourself, you will commit to always learn and improve. You commit to holding yourself and your team mates accountable. You commit to succeed and fail as a team – one entity.
Really, it’s no different than life. Personally, I have had to make tough decisions based on whether or not I felt I would be able to give my best and commit. The times I have not listened to myself, I have found myself to not be “all in” and it hasn’t been a great experience.
To commit, you need to have heart and passion. It has to be about more than you. It can be intimidating but, it’s so worth it.