Rate your commitment
A difference exists between interest and commitment. When you’re interested, you stick with activities and pursue projects within your comfort zone. If you’re committed, then you accept opportunities which challenge you’re current capabilities.
Either category is acceptable; there’s no right or wrong answer. Take an honest assessment about where you stand regarding your business.
Some entrepreneurs state they are committed; however, their actions don’t support their claim. Ever notice the person who agrees, but makes excuses? That person is actually interested rather than committed.
Two forms of growth
Consider your outlook as the gateway to your success. It influences everything you do, or don’t do.
A strong purpose inspires you to step up, even when it’s uncomfortable. So, expect to say “yes” to opportunities that stretch beyond your current capabilities.
Those circumstances cause you to grow in two distinct ways. You grow and your business grows.
By the way, no one person is fully committed all the time. That’s not sustainable. Instead, review which areas of your business deserve your full commitment. These areas are aligned with your purpose and will advance your business forward.
Growth doesn’t occur in isolation. Start to surround yourself with people who align with your vision. This can be employees, contract workers and a referral network.
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Here’s what you may notice when someone is not fully committed to their business:
- Ego. Concerns about others opinion or approval.
- External. Emphasizes outer circumstances rather than personal responsibility.
- Explains. Identifies specific reasons why something isn’t possible right now.
Constantly being on guard in this manner is draining. Attempting to satisfy everyone limits your potential and alters your vision.
Successful entrepreneurs create opportunities
If you’re seeking a stronger commitment, then here are five steps to turn it around.
- Emphasis. Rather than emphasize external circumstances, focus on activities within your control. Take personal responsibility for your actions. Notice how your mindset influences your decision.
- Mirror. Sometimes you’ll find there’s something you don’t like about another person. Often it’s a reflection of a similar quality you possess which you don’t like about yourself. If that’s true, then view this as an opportunity to look in the mirror and decide whether you want to change it, or not.
- Empower. Discover ways to uplevel your mindset. Does the solution lie in changing your focus, developing a new skill or improving self care? Identify one or two new behaviors that will raise your level of commitment.
- Shift. Instead of seeking fault, identify strengths. This applies to you, as well as to others.
- Open-minded. Decide to do something new. Challenge your thinking and explore alternative perspectives. You never know where your next opportunity lies. By the way, opportunities which take your business to the next level often appear in unexpected ways. Either it’s from someone that you didn’t consider as a resource or from a project that stretches your skill set.
Raising your level of commitment is a game-changer. As you change your perception, your actions change, too. Energy that was once used to avoid discomfort now fuels your business.
Start to soar
Notice how the obstacles gradually disappear. As your level of commitment increases, you identify new opportunities.
Your transformed perspective creates a no-excuses approach, which fuels your purpose and business growth. Things you previously avoided doing before, now appear as a new opportunity. A strong commitment fuels you to do whatever it takes. One by one the excuses melt away.
Liberate your potential
Common belief encourages you to add something in to strengthen your commitment. That’s not necessarily true. It’s more about release. The distractions and the worries bog you down. Do the work to liberate yourself from those concerns.
As your commitment deepens, a paradigm shift occurs. Successful entrepreneurs create opportunities where others see obstacles. Each challenge moves you closer to your goal.
Raise your commitment
Review the five steps which raise your level of commitment. Then choose one or two action steps that you’re ready to accept now. It’s normal to periodically slip back into old patterns of behavior or thoughts, especially when you’re under pressure. Once you catch yourself doing that, refocus your attention to the positive. Anything new requires practice and patience. With time, the new behavior becomes familiar and comfortable.
Do you believe something is holding you back, but unsure what it is? Over-thinking delays your momentum and distracts your focus. As that persists, the motivation to grow your business gradually dwindles. Your business starts to feel like a job, rather than a purpose.
Successful entrepreneurs create opportunities. If you’re ready to renew your enthusiasm and build a business you love, then get in touch with Loren for a complimentary strategy session.