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Have You Made a Commitment to Your Success? Really?

September 3rd, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

There are many memorable moments in our lives.  To a parent, it is their child’s first steps, first tooth, or many other moments of our child’s growth.  In our business life it is when we make a total commitment to our goals and to the business that we are pursuing.

Many people  never make that important decision.  They drift through their working years going from one thing to another.  Trying a business here, and tiring of that, and moving on to another one.  It reminds me of when I was a child, and the first swim of the summer season.  My friends and I  would put our big toes in the cold water and squeal from the shock.  It seemed too brutal to just jump in, with a total commitment.  As I got older, I realized that the commitment of  jumping in, although it was a shock to my body,  saved so much time.   Even with the anticipated agony of the frigid water, once it was over, it left me so much more time to swim and enjoy the water.

I have known a lot of people, when starting a new business opportunity,  only want to put their toe in.  They refuse to immerse themselves in a total commitment.  They say, “I’m going to try this”.  What they don’t realize is that “trying” something is like attempting to drop a pencil.  You either drop it, or you don’t…there is no “try”.  “Trying” leads, almost always, to failure.

Then there are the half hearted people who really believe they are giving a commitment to something.  At the first sign of  the pain in a challenge, all you can see is their dust as they fly down the road to the next business or opportunity.

Commitments are life changing.  When we truly commit to something, we give it our all!  Fulfilling marriages are not made by bolting at the first sign of trouble.  Marriage, as anything else, has its painful moments.  Some of the happiest couples have worked through some of the worst pain in their marriage.

Succeeding in business is much the same.  There are painful moments in any business, whether you are an employee or an entrepreneur.  The most successful people I know in the business world had to slog through some of the toughest challenges imaginable.  They made a commitment.   They got tough.  They planted their feet, burned their bridges and committed wholeheartedly to success.

My advice is to jump into the freezing water of your business with a total commitment.  If you make a total commitment and you fail….you fail.  Dust yourself off and go at it again.  Don’t waste time licking your wounds.  Successful people fail fast, and fail forward.  Meaning, they embrace their failures for the lessons they bring.  Get back in the game, and use those lessons to, once again, commit to the success in their future.

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