Commitment: It's one of those words that makes us cringe most of the time. It's a reminder that we have to do something or go somewhere; it's a nagging or guilty reminder of a promise we made; it often is the thing that makes our daily lives so hectic. But it doesn't have to be those things! As defined by the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, commitment is "the motivational energy to serve that drives the collective effort. Commitment implies passion, intensity, and duration." Commitment is positive.