Thinking about a potential commitment in terms of its outcome, with your own core values as the end and your energy and time as the means.

Based on my principle of using principles to consider all commitments.

Commitments are a central part of managing the impact of our actions because they create dependencies. If we commit, our actions (or non-actions) have more consequences generally, since people or even something physical (once you’re going 50 Mph, you can’t suddenly stop) becomes dependent on our when we commit to a decision.

Commitment grounding is using a short period to ground and consider your principles instead of your desires, and then decide what you’ll do. It’s a helpful tool I use to try and balance on the fine line between rational and emotional decision making.