Monday, February 20, 2017

contribute or commit?

The late Zig Ziglar told a story that went something like this:

The easiest way to determine a persons attitude about success is to look at a plate of bacon and eggs.
The chicken made a contribution 
The pig made a commitment

The first question I ask myself most mornings is Are you ready to commit today?

Commitment is hard. It's supposed to be. It means we throw all of our energy and focus into the thing(s) we want the most. 

It means no excuses

It means no giving up.

If it were easy anyone could do it. 

For me, that's the rub some mornings. I forget I am not just anyone. Anyone can find a million reasons to give up.

I can't and I won't

Some how and somewhere, someone convinced us it was supposed to be smooth sailing all the way. If you follow a certain prescription then when the day is done you are at the top of the heap.

Except when you aren't.

Ever play King of the Hill?

One person stands on a hill or mound and everyone tries to knock them off the perch. Then you become King of the Hill - Until someone knocks you off.

The king is dead. Long live the king.

You see, it's not an event frozen in time as some would want you to believe. It's a serpentine process. Almost like riding a roller coaster. One minute your hands are up in the air and you are screaming Woooooooo. What a rush. The next moment your stomach is in your throat and you are twisting and turning and clutching your chest for breath.

Once we are committed, there is no turning back. Good or bad we are in it for the long haul.

When the day is done I think that's how its supposed to be. We savor our victories, lick our wounds for a bit, snuggle under the covers and wait till mornings light gives us another opportunity to have at it agian.

Most us us?

We push through.

I think that's how its supposed to be.


John Jurkiewicz is the CEO of New Career Creations a unique approach to happiness and success in our lives by gaining satisfaction and fulfillment in our careers. He has over forty years of experience in operation management, human resource management, training and development and has owned his own business for over 17 years. John is certified as a life coach, a career coach, and an intuitive career coach. He and his wife Joan have been married for 42 years.