I was reading a post about President Theodore Roosevelt and his support of living the "Strenuous Life." Roosevelt is a fine example of what we can all accomplish it if we just get out and do it.
Often when I'm speaking with entrepreneurs they have an excuse handy for why they can't get things done, why they can't own a market, why they don't have enough time.
Teddy Roosevelt was shot in the chest, the bullet being slowed by a metal case for his glasses and a speech he was to deliver lodged in his ribs. Rather than rush to the hospital, President Roosevelt went to the auditorium where he was to deliver the speech and gave a 90 minute speech before he agreed to go to the hospital.
That is focus and commitment.
If we want our businesses to grow and to continue to perform in any economic climate, we must have the will, focus and commitment of Teddy Roosevelt.
Ask yourself what it is that you put off because it is inconvenient and uncomfortable, then ask yourself what doing it would mean. If it is vital and important to your business, get it done. If it isn't, take it off your to do list and forget about it. Put your focus and commitment into something that will transform your business.
An even more important question you may want to ask is "am I as committed to my clients and prospects as President Roosevelt was to his constituents?"
I wonder if McCain or Obama could stand up to Teddy Roosevelt's standards?
I also want you to think about the story and the mythology of Teddy Roosevelt. Why is the story you are creating around your business? How will you be remembered 50 or 75 years from now?