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The Meaning Of Commitment To Your Business

Jan 18, 2008
Do you feel that you are committed to your business? How can you tell? Commitment is not something that you can directly see. There are two characteristics that show commitment - focus and personal sacrifices.

First, you will show a focused or having a single-minded purpose in what you are doing. Everything that you do would be directed toward making your business better. Sometimes this focus can be so strong that it will appear that you have blinders on. Many people will say that you have "tunnel vision". You don't see anything outside of your focus going on around you.

I can tell you from experience that my husband is always saying that I "tune out" and live in my "own little world". I get so focused that I lose sight of what is going on around me. He has learned over the last 29 years that when my office door is shut, that I will only come out when I am done with what I am working on.

Second, you will be willing to make personal sacrifices to reach your goals. This can be as simple as giving up an hour of television a day to work on your business. Others will tell you that if you watch any television that you are not committed. I don't agree with this one. When I am focused, I am focused. But everyone needs to get away from time to time. Don't let your family life become a personal sacrifice.

I can give you one example of focus and personal sacrifice in working with the MasterMind Pros Team. Now our Team is a group of coaches/mentors that helps others learn Affiliate Marketing and other skills involved in running a business. After a training conference ended on one Friday night at 9:00pm, our team started working on refining a new landing page for our website. At 2:00am, we were just finishing up. Not once during this time did anyone say "it's getting late, let's finish tomorrow". We were all focused on getting our task done and didn't quit until it was completed. Did we sacrifice some sleep - yes, in fact many of us were up early to support Frank in his AdWords training class on Saturday morning at 7:00am. This is the commitment that our team has to our business and to our customers.

People need to attach a meaning to the sacrifice. If this sacrifice does not provide them with a sense of achievement, they will not be willing to do it.

Commitment follows meaning. A job is only a job until you identify with it and see the meaning in what you are doing and why you are doing it. People do not sacrifice unless what they are doing has meaning. To make that sacrifice, you need to see how what you are doing impacts your business.

Commitment is a willingness to look for a new and better way to do something and then do it. It focuses on eliminating procrastinating and confronting head on what is not working. This spirit of commitment allows a person to take risks they would not have taken before. This risk is looking to the future instead of rehashing the past.

In summary, commitment will be evident in the focus that you apply toward your own goals. The surest measure of commitment is in the personal sacrifices you are willing to make to achieve your goals. James Womack has stated that "Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the "right stuff" to turn our dreams into reality." So - how committed are you?
About the Author
Ann Moss is Vice President and a professional coach for Mastermind Pros (http://www.mastermindpros.com). Mastermind Pros coaching will show you how to make an income online through live, interactive daily conferences. Let us guide you on the path to online success.
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