Show Your Commitment
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Whether you are a home business owner or a writer, there will come a time when you are asked the following question:
Just how committed are you?
Typically, most people will respond that they are very committed. They may even embrace immoderate doses of hyperbole in their desire to express commitment, and declare that there’s nothing in their life more important than achieving their business goal or dream. To that, I say…
Hmmm. Really? Nothing?
What about your family? What about your health? Show your commitment to your work, but don’t get committed into a professional facility in the process. What you’re doing - if you take this stance – is hugging your business too much and too hard. You’re suffocating it. What do I mean by that? Well, your work needs something outside of itself to be the horizon towards which you sail. If you don’t have an actual destination … if everything is self-referential … you’ll be all at sea for infinity.
Who Do You Want to Hug?
This isn’t a competition. You may not have anyone significant in your life, or you may have a whole tribe of children and a devoted husband or wife. It doesn’t really matter. Who do you want to hug? If you can’t think of someone it would be legal, ethical, and appropriate to hug, buy a pet. You need someone in your life who you can hug. Businesses don’t snuggle you. Fact!
How to Improve Your Hug Rating
When you’ve made your list of people you want to hug (family, friends, pets, etc) write down the last time you hugged them.
Next, write down the number of hours you spend on social networks a day … ‘working’.
Now, work out how long it would take you to travel to where your hug-recipients live. Take that amount of time out of your social networking time (you can use automation to do this) and … hug them.
N.B. Do not leave the scene of the hug without making plans for future hugs. Put those plans in your diary and continue to make actual contact with others a priority in your life. Once you’ve done this, you’ll find that you no longer need to hug your business so tightly, and you can let it serve you and others in a more liberated way.