‘The power to make and keep commitments to ourselves is the essence of developing the basic habits of effectiveness.’
– The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, page 92
Commitment. It can mean different things to different people. Making a commitment to another person is a simple example. It is one we can be called on. We have someone to hold us accountable or try to. It doesn’t mean we will always honour our commitments, but things change right? Different priorities, different expectations. A commitment isn’t always forever.
What about the commitments we make to ourselves? Are you making commitments to yourself? I have had various conversations in the last week with different people talking about commitment without saying the word. Although commitment was a theme running through these conversations they came from different perspectives.
One conversation related to business owners committing to working ‘on’ their business. You have no doubt heard that term before. Even though it is a common term, a large portion of business owners won’t or can’t, make the commitment to spend the time looking at where their business has been and where it is going. Various reasons impact making this commitment.
Another conversation with a colleague, took the issue and viewed it from another angle. He has said to his clients, business owners, ‘you bought yourself a job’. I hadn’t quite looked at it that way before. But he is right. Making the decision to be a business owner brings a multitude of commitments with it. Commitments that sometimes we don’t want.
If you are a business owner, are you honouring all your commitments as a business owner? If not, what impact is that having?