A Message from Nancy K. Boles, KCPA President
“Power of Commitment” is the theme for 2010 Administrative Professionals Week, which is April 19 through 23, with Administrative Professionals Day observed on Wednesday, April 21.
Power of Commitment means something different to every person. What does Power of Commitment mean to you, individually? After pondering that question and trying to figure out what it meant to me, I Googled “Power of Commitment.” There are multiple sites using this phrase to sell books and discuss religion, philosophy, relationships, and many other topics.
A portion of the Merriam-Webster’s definition of “commitment” is:
· an agreement to do something in the future
· something pledged
· the state or an instance of being obligated or emotionally impelled (a commitment to a cause)
You don’t need to wait for New Year’s Day to make a resolution (another word for commitment). What do you want? Do you want to further your education? Make a commitment to yourself that you will sign up for that seminar in a topic you have wanted to explore. Enroll in a class in the upcoming quarter (or semester) at the college.
It could be that there is something you have been promising yourself. It may be something simple as losing ten pounds by summer, begin exercising, seeing your friends more often, getting to work on time every day. Commit yourself to it and do it!
You think that a certain organization is worthy and you have always wanted to do something to help. It could be KCPA (elections are around the corner), the SPCA, Teen Court, CASA, Boy or Girl Scouts. Commit to volunteering one day a month.
Once you have committed yourself to a specific goal, you will find a whole world opening up before you. Where you have always said “that would be nice to do,” you will now say “I can’t believe how many opportunities are out there that I’ve never taken advantage of.”
Happy Administrative Professionals Day (and week) to each and every one of you. Be sure to wish each of your co-workers and assistants the same, thanking them not just during Administrative Professionals Week, but every day! (That could be your commitment for this year.)
Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.”
(W.N. Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition.)
(Reprinted with permission from the April 2010 Paralegal Post)
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