Can our businesses contribute to solutions to many of the world problems we are experiencing more frequently every day? As entrepreneurs, are we able to fuel much needed shifts in perceptions, beliefs and reality of what is possible? Is it wise for entrepreneurs to speak their truth publicly beyond simple business as usual?
Personally, I believe we have a responsibility to be more visible with what is possible to make life better for others. Our businesses are a powerful vehicle to fuel the change.
Demand what you want (naught)
Recently, there was a post on Facebook that simply read, “Demand peace.” This got me thinking about what it means to demand anything.
Sure we can demand something, but demanding accomplishes very little over the long-haul. Demanding equates to blowing smoke.
Do not demand what you seek to experience, but rather, live it. It is in living what we desire, we will have more of whatever it is we desire.
What we focus on, we do get more of. There is so much evidence of this and the focus must be consistent. You cannot set the intention for something, make a commitment to staying the course and then after a day or two, go back to old beliefs and behaviors.
“I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.” Mother Theresa.
Commit to change
Change occurs when we are more committed to the change rather than the comfort of the familiar.
If you want more love, you cannot demand someone love you. The way to have more love is to be more loving. #beloving
If you want more health, you cannot demand your body to suddenly become healthy. You must take healthy actions on a daily basis. #healthychoices
If you want more understanding, you cannot demand someone to understand you. #understandfirst
If you want peace, you cannot demand people. You must live in peaceful ways. #liveinpeace
Demanding something may get a temporary result. However, for long-term results and true change, it is up to each one of us to live in the space of love, hope, caring, compassion and forgiveness.
It is never too late to shift one’s perception and recognize the fact that children take on beliefs, actions and assumptions based one what they see, hear and are taught through the behaviors of others on a daily basis.
May we walk hand in hand with others from all walks of life in the solution from this moment forward.
In reality, our businesses are vehicles for change. And change we must. We must change what it means to contribute. We must change what it means to be a successful entrepreneur. We must change our level of willingness to contribute in a positive way.
The world of business HAS changed in some amazing ways. To hold on to the old way of doing things is counterproductive and in many cases a waste of our resources.
Many entrepreneurs go into business for more than simply to make money. We start businesses to make a difference, impact change and influences the lives of those we are privileged and entrusted to work with.
What are you committed to making a difference with?
For those who offer information products and coaching/consulting services, you can impact change through your coaching skills, consulting excellence, books, information products and speaking engagements. It simply takes the willingness to allow the information to work through you.
For those who have store fronts and sell various types of products, you can impact change through the care you put into how you run your business, how you treat your staff, how much you care for your customers and the conversations you engage in.
Change can, and must, happen.