Read this in John C. Maxwell’s 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader this weekend and wanted to share it with everyone.
In a short story titled “The Capitol of the World,” Nobel prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway tells about a father and teenage son, Paco, whose relationship breaks down. After the son runs away from home, the father begins a long journey in search of him. Finally as a last resort, the man puts an ad in the local newspaper in Madrid. It reads, “Dear Paco… all is forgiven… I love you.” The next morning in front of the newspaper office were eight hundred men named Paco, desiring to restore a broken relationship. Never underestimate the power of relationships on people’s lives.
I’m nobody telling everybody that there is somebody who can save anybody!
We are pros at imagining the worst possible scenario.
It’s okay to prepare for hardships and emergencies. In fact it’s something we should all do, it’d be foolish not to. But it becomes detrimental when we approach each and every obstacle, challenge, and risk as if you will fail. But that seems to be most people’s nature, to “awfulize” things, to be negative.
When we are presented with something that could be a risk, most people jump at what could be the worst that could happen. What if I don’t have enough money? What if they don’t like me? What if I can’t do it?
Well, what if it turns out to be the best thing that ever happened? What if your every need is taken care of? What if you succeed beyond your wildest dreams?
Just once, challenge yourself to imagine the best case scenario. Go into a situation thinking on how you will thrive instead of how you can survive.
We all want balance in our lives… But does it really exist? I’d say you are already living in balance? Even if it’s not the balance you want.
Is there a change you need to make to the balance in your life? Something to think about.
Everyone is a beginner at some point. Yes you may look at someone else and see how they are better at you, but even they were a novice at some point.
Who do you want to be in a year? In five years? Work towards that and don’t give up because you’re not there yet.
“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb
Get started now! It may take years to become an expert, but you gotta start somewhere.
I once read a story about a guy who was passing elephants in an African community, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a rope tied to their legs. It was obvious that the elephant could, at anytime, break away from the ropes they were tied to but for some reason, they did not. The guy saw a trainer nearby and asked why these giant elephants just stood there and made no attempt to get away.
“Well,” the trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them, and at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, they never try to break free.”
The man was amazed. These animals could break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were. The powerful and gigantic elephant has limited its present abilities by the limitations of the past.
Like the elephants, how many of us go through life holding onto a belief that we cannot do something simply because we failed at it once before (I know I have)? How many of us refuse to attempt something new and challenging because of our mindset?
Choose not to accept the false boundaries and limitations created by the past.
In a free country, we shouldn’t need to make laws to give us freedoms