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What’s YOUR War and Peace?

peacecoverA couple of months ago I started reading Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace.   Right off the bat you should find this a bit puzzling – not so much that I’m reading War and Peace for fun (I am a mad reader) – but that ANY book I am reading has taken me a couple of  months!

Here’s how it happened – and how this story applies to your business.

I am always looking for a great book to read.  I also Love a classic.  I loved Anna Karenina when I read it many years ago, and War and Peace is often ranked #1 on “best of the best” book lists, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

I picked up my dad’s hardback copy which has his name and 1958 written on the inside cover.  I remember my older sister Jenny reading this exact copy one summer when she was in college.  I also remember asking her if she liked it, and her reply was that it was “okay.”  I wondered why anyone would read a book that was just okay…?

Fast forward 30-ish years later, and here I am.  On page 893 of 1136 very very small print pages.  And I have been reading this for months.   Which often feels like many many months.  And today it occurred to me.  Commitment.  And just what it means to make a commitment.  And to keep it.  Which brings me to our business challenge for the day.

What are you COMMITTED to?  What is YOUR present day War and Peace?  Because I think you might be surprised by what you are REALLY committed to – versus what you THINK you are committed to.  John Assaraf of The Secret once said something to the effect of – when you are really interested in something you do what’s convenient to do it.  When you are really committed to something you do whatever it takes.

Is your business a business of convenience?  Or are you doing whatever it takes?  What are you doing in your business that supports you are truly committed to your business – that shows you are doing whatever it takes?  A couple of questions to help you out:

  • When was the last time you said “I don’t want to do that” and so you didn’t?
  • When was the last time you said “I need to work on updating my website, biz card, blog post, potential new product, fill in the blank” – rather than go to that networking meeting?
  • When was the last time you got bored with a project so you just didn’t finish it?
  • When was the last time you did something to help you grow your business that was outside your comfort zone?
  • When was the last time you kept doing what you planned on doing and you were pleasantly surprised at the results?
  • When was the last time you got really bad results and analyzed what happened and tried again?
  • What do you KNOW you should be doing to make your business all that you want it to be but you are just not doing it?
  • What did you stay committed to in your business and your results were better than anything you ever expected?
  • What little thing do you do each day that proves your commitment and gets you to where you want to be?

I am committed to my business.   It’s not just a business of convenience.  Sometimes that means taking the things I don’t love doing with the things I DO love doing.  And this won’t surprise you – the more committed I am – the better results I get. And every day I am that much closer to having the business of my dreams.  And one day closer to completing War and Peace!  One more question for you:

  • When is the last time you REALLY threw ALL of yourself  into something that you wanted?

THAT’S commitment

I’d love to hear what came to mind for you when you were going through the questions.  What have you done lately that supports your commitment?  Or what can you start doing now?  I’d love for you to comment below!

Here’s to Designing Your Success™

-Mary Larsen

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