There’s an old joke about the message in a country breakfast of eggs and bacon. The saying is, “The eggs were involved, but the pig was committed.”
I thought about the old saying when I read an ESPN magazine article about the toughest men in the NFL. The piece noted a sign in the NBA Detroit Piston’s weight room that said, “Don’t confuse routine with commitment.”
At work every day you’re going through the routine or you’re committed.
And yes, I’m sure some of us work in places that make us think we should BE committed, but that’s a conversation for a different day.
A smart woman recently told me about an employee who seems to simply be showing up every day…kinda going through the motions. It would appear that the employee is involved, going through the routine, but is not committed.
I’ll be the first one to admit that you can’t be totally committed, giving 100%, to everything. But, you’ve got to take a moment to look at the areas of life that you say are important to you. Whether it’s your job, relationship, fitness routine or spiritual path…are you simply involved, or are you committed?
Are you the egg or the pig?