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The All Too Often Missing Ingredient

Over the weekend I was reminded of an illustration of what true commitment is. The story was about breakfast, specifically ham and eggs. You’ve probably heard it. Grandma first told the story to me when I was in high school.

It goes like this. The chicken is involved in the breakfast. She laid the eggs, and went about her business. The pig however is committed to that breakfast. A huge difference.

Think about any part of your life and ask yourself whether you’re the pig or the chicken. How about your business? Are you ‘involved’ like the chicken, or ‘committed’ like the pig?

I’ll only speak for myself here. When I take on a client, time is not an issue. Most of my clients will require many years to achieve their goals. Geography isn’t an issue. We’re already in several states, headed for more. Furthermore, I require the same piggish behavior from my clients. I simply will not work with a client who cares less than I do about their outcome. No exceptions.

You can, as I have, look at areas in your life and your level of commitment to them. How about your kids, your marriage, or your core beliefs. Put them to the test: Are you the pig or the chicken?

Maybe most importantly, why are you one or the other?

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    3 Comments so far

    1. Keith Lutz December 30th, 2009 2:50 pm

      Never heard that one. I’ve heard a pig with lipstick is still a pig!

    2. Ashlee December 30th, 2009 9:43 pm

      Never heard that story. Def. something after reading that I am going to have to sit down and think about and decide about!

    3. James Boyer December 30th, 2009 10:56 pm

      a very interesting way of looking at things. Not so sure I would phrase things they way you have, but that is a matter of where a person was brought up I guess.

      have a great new year.