Maturity is many things, the ability to base a judgment on the Big Picture–The Long Haul. It means being able to pass up the fun-for-the-minute and select a course of action which will pay off later. The ability to delay gratification.
Maturity is the ability to stick with a project or situation until it is finished. It means the ability to commit.
Maturity is the ability to make a decision and stand by it. Immature people spend their lives exploring endless possibilities and then do nothing. Action requires courage.
Mature people are self-starters, not procrastinators. The world is filled with people who can’t be counted on to perform, people who never seem to come through in the time of need, people who break promises and substitute alibis for performance. They show up late–or not at all. They are confused and disorganized. Their lives are a chaotic maze of unfinished business. They always have “a reason why” but people quickly get tired of hearing it.
Maturity is the ability to live up to one’s responsibilities and this means being dependable. It means keeping your word while you’re taking care of business.