When we think of business and making agreements, most often we think of the agreements we make with others, our customers, our partners, our team, our investors.
It’s important to honor the agreements we make in business. Aside from the legal implications of reneging on a deal, breaking agreements with others creates distrust at best.
And I think the most important agreements not to break in business (and life) are the ones we make with ourselves.
We make agreements with ourselves all the time. When we keep our agreements to ourselves, it gives us confidence in our word. Only once we have confidence in our word can we give it with confidence to others. And that confidence shines through. We’re confident that our deeds will match our words and people notice that. Our conviction is persuasive. It makes us more charismatic. People trust us.
As regular readers of this blog know, one of my agreements with myself is that I’ll write a blog post each week. I wrote nothing last week and the week before I wrote an Ultimate Game of Work post.
I’ve written before about the hell I’m in when I don’t act on what’s important to me. The interesting thing is that, this time, I’ve been ambivalent about not having written.
When I’m feeling ambivalent about failing to honor an agreement that I’ve made with myself, I like to get curious, dig around and see what’s behind my lack of commitment.
I love writing. It helps me to clarify my thoughts. And the thoughts I write as blog posts feel like threads, individual threads that aren’t woven into a whole. I’ve got all of these threads and now it feels like it’s time to weave them together.
So I’m making a new commitment….
I’m writing a book.
While the details are fuzzy right now, I know it will be a workbook for early stage entrepreneurs who want to build businesses with a desire to do more in the world than just look after their bottom line. These threads will be woven together with new ones to create a step-by-step guide to building businesses that are mindful of the wellness of their founders, their founders’ teams, their customers, partners, investors and the world.
I’m sharing this publicly because I want help:
- I want ideas and feedback (even if you’re sure I’ve thought of it I’d love to hear your suggestions and advice);
- I want to be connected with entrepreneurs who have built successful businesses rooted in a mindful approach; and
- I want to be held accountable to my new agreement, to taking these threads and making something bigger out of them.
Got ideas/feedback/contacts or want to be held accountable to your most important agreements? Drop me a note – I’d love to hear from you!