Success Is A F.A.R.C.E. (Part 4)

| Monday, February 20th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

There’s an old saying that goes like this. “A chicken is involved with your breakfast, but a pig is committed.” Now when you think about that, very quickly you should realize that all a hen has to do is lay an egg. She is involved. On the other hand, a pig is your bacon, your sausage, your ham. In other words, a pig is your breakfast and therefore that makes the pig quite committed.

Like the pig, you have to be 100% committed to whatever you’re doing. Actually, if you’re not 100% committed, you’re not committed at all. Commitment is an all or nothing game. If you don’t believe me, just be 99% committed to standing up if you’re sitting down. If you stood up, you’re 100%.

So, what is commitment and why do so many people have a hard time with it?

Well, the best definition I’ve ever heard for commitment was told to me by an elementary school student. He said, “A commitment is a promise you make to yourself or someone else that you don’t back out of no matter what.”

Think about that. Imagine you lived your life from that perspective. What would change? Imagine you applied that philosophy when you were going on a diet, setting new goals, running your business.

It’s safe to assume that your life would change in some dramatic ways. You’d be wealthier. You’d be healthier. You’d be happier. You’d be more successful. You’d be more fulfilled, satisfied and that’s the tip of the iceberg.

So, with so many benefits to committing, why do so many people shy away from it?

To begin with, commitment takes effort. It takes work. It takes time. It takes courage. It takes dedication, determination and desire. It takes a lot. Sometimes people believe that the price they’ll have to pay is too high.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Settling for less than your heart’s desire has a higher cost than commitment ever could.

Some people fear the results they’ll get if they commit. That is, they fear success and they fear failure. Well, either one of those, or both could happen. What’s guaranteed is that if you don’t commit to your dreams, your goals, your future… you most certainly will fail. If you do commit and don’t reach it, your actions may have failed, but you are not a failure. So, don’t take it personally.

And finally, when you commit, all kinds of things show up that would not otherwise show up to support you. Some of those things may look negative and in fact, may be very negative, but it comes with the territory. If you want the results, you’ve got to pay the price.

Take the Freedom Riders of 1961 for example. Men and women of all races and ages and ethnicities decided they were going to ride buses into the deep south to peacefully protest the Jim Crow laws and put an end to segregation. They all knew that they had a good chance of being beaten, being arrested and most likely, being killed.

Yet, they signed on the dotted line and they signed their last wills and testaments and got on the bus. They were committed to freedom and they were willing to pay any price to have it… even their own life.

As a result of their commitment to freedom and racial equality and love and non-violence, the United States became more united. All the Whites Only and Colored signs were taken down all throughout the southern U.S. And so much more.

There are countless examples of what commitment is and what it does. From Gandhi and Mother Theresa, to Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, to Tank Man, an anonymous man who stood in front of a column of Chinese tanks,  the morning after the Chinese military forcibly removed protestors from in and around Beijing‘s Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989. The question is, what are you going to commit to?

Since you can’t succeed in business without commitment, you might as well realize that now and start taking the appropriate action.

I’ll take more about that in the next issue.

One Comment

  1. Unless you make a serious commitment to taking on the biggest of human dilemmas — taming the rowdy mind once and for all — mindfulness will probably not establish itself as a habit for you. Some people do make a life’s work of it with daily meditation or monastery life, but if you’re unwilling to do that, can you still cultivate mindfulness on a consistent basis?

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