Have you heard the joke about the bacon and egg breakfast?
The Chicken is involved. The Pig is committed.
Go ahead and laugh. It is FUNNY.
But, when it comes to the things in your life that you say that you want:
ARE YOU A CHICKEN OR ARE YOU THE PIG?
For the most part, MOST OF US are chickens when it comes to going after what we say that we want for ourselves and our lives. At best, like the chicken, we are merely involved. Sure, we really do have the best intentions and sure, we really are very “sincere.” But, for the most part, we go through life squinting, and flinching, peeking and praying—hoping that it will all turn out.
- You say that you want great relationships
- You say that you want your work to fulfill you
- You say that you want freedom and fun
- You say that you want a great life
And, you may have even tricked yourself into thinking that you are making it happen. You may have convinced yourself that you are in action and that you are actively causing the things that you say that you want.
I say that secretly you are:
- maintaining the status quo
- being comfortable
- playing it safe
I say that what you are really up to is being comfortable and minimizing RISK! And, I am also saying to you right now, that perhaps it’s time to:
“GET PIGGY WITH IT!”
That’s right! Like our PIG, (not the chicken) it’s time to
A quote that I love by W. H. Murray that suggests that once you really, but no kidding, really commit to something, then the mountains will move too.
“Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: That, the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.”
All kinds of resources that you didn’t know existed, meetings that you never thought you’d have, assistance and support that you never could have imagined, will come your way as a result of this “ALL IN” kind of commitment, like the PIG!
I grew up in the Mid West and my DREAM from the time that I was ten years old was to one day live and work in New York City. That was my dream and that was when I first:
Got Piggy with it!
I landed in NYC in the mid 80’s, fresh out of college with my three suitcases, an acceptance letter into a Masters program at NYU, and no place to live.
I had enough money to last me about a month and no leads for a job or an apartment. Although I had a few acquaintances once or twice removed, I didn’t really know anyone in New York.
With 2 ½ weeks to go before the first day of class, it was either GET PIGGY WITH IT or go home!
So, I made phone calls. I banged on doors. I asked for help and I wouldn’t take no for an answer. I was committed! At the 11th hour and with no time to spare, with no other options, I parked myself in front of the housing office at school, me and my three suitcases, and I made my case. Then, I waited and held my ground and watched while the housing secretary moved my name from the very last person on the list to the very first.
Against the odds and with no time to spare, I made it happen and I learned a big lesson:
The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. I committed and that mountain moved!
You see, “not New York City” was not even a possibility for me. There would be no compromise and there would be no turning back. I learned that I had to get serious and commit all the way. When “they told me ‘no’” I would just ask again. When one door closed, I would just find another. At the end of those 2 ½ weeks, it all came together. I moved into a great apartment, I found a good job and I started my classes. I was a total PIG.
Now I know that when I stop being a chicken and when I COMMIT like the PIG, I can actually move mountains!
Now I live and work in New York City!!! That was my dream! And here I am today, a full fledged New Yorker.
If you really want what you say that you want,
like a real PIG!
Take a stand, declare it out loud and then begin operating consistent with what you say you want. And don’t let circumstances get in the way. Don’t let the circumstance du jour, the obstacle of the moment determine for you what’s possible! Circumstances and obstacles will always be a part of life; they will always be there to challenge us. But no matter what happens, there will always be an opportunity to commit like the PIG.
So, no matter what, hold your ground and don’t you look back. Get fully committed and then watch your mountain move too!
What do you want today? Are you willing to commit?
You’ve got countless ideas and splendid plans, don’t you?
Whatever it is that you dream of, take the first step, and begin it today.
NO one said it would be easy but it can be done.
Without compromise and without holding back, interrupt what is predictable and alter the course of your reality.
Bacon and Eggs. The Chicken, the Pig.
The Chickens involved and the Pig is committed. It’s a funny joke but your life, that’s serious business.
When it comes to your life, when it comes to the things in your life that you want: Can you really afford to be chicken?
go be a PIG!