I wrote the other day about courage and its role in starting and operating a business. I mentioned that what comes first is vision and that vision is what sustains courage.
Another thing we were discussing at Strategic Coach, which I think is worth passing along, is the roles of commitment and capability in the life of the entrepreneur.
If your business began with a vision of a bigger and better future it took courage to commit to moving forward. When you started did you wonder how you would meet all the challenges you couldn’t foresee but knew lay in front of you? But you went ahead anyway. That took guts.
It also took commitment. Commitment means to “decide” and the latin root of the word is interesting. The root is “cide” and the same root is in homicide, fratricide, suicide etc. See, to “decide” (commit) means to kill all other alternatives according to Lee Brawer. This has a by product for another day: focus.
Anyway, if you make a commitment to a vision where you know you don’t have the current capability to achieve the vision you are forced, of necessity to grow. So, growth in capability requires a commitment to a vision greater than where you are today.
As you move along in the life of your business I encourage you to continually set new and higher goals for yourself. This commitment to a bigger vision will require, and create, courage. Just as importantly it will help you develop capabilities you never dreamed you would have.