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Goals – A to Z of Self Leadership

I can’t remember where I read this but let me share with you the story of two tribes.

There were two tribes that lived in the Andes Mountains. One was the Lowlander tribe who lived in the foothills and the other the Highlander tribe who lived way up the mountains.
One day the Highlanders came down and plundered the dwellings of the Lowlanders. They also kidnapped a Lowlander baby and took it back with them.
The Lowlanders set up a rescue team to get the baby back. This consisted of the strongest and bravest men in the tribe. They were determined to climb up the mountains and bring the baby back.
But the mountain was steep and rocky and they were not used to climbing.
After weeks of making hardly any progress, they were tired and worn out
Then one of the men said, “Do you think it’s worth risking our lives to bring back one child? We have lots of other children in our village. We don’t need to climb this mountain.”
The others quietely agreed and they packed their bags and made their way home.

Did those men really want to rescue the baby? Of course, they did? But did they believe enough in the cause? Did they want give up too easily? Did they settle for ‘other children’? Were they prepared to push the limit? Did they have the courage to go beyond their comfort zone? No.

In this case, there was a child involved so it makes their choice seem cruel. But what of us? How often do we give up on our goals?

We set ourselves high goals. But then they seem as high as that mountain. And like the Lowlanders, we are not prepared to learn to climb. How often are we afraid of growing into our goals? The only way we can achieve high goals, is to reach higher, to become more than we are at present. Sometimes, I think we’re afraid of success and growth. We resort to self-sabotage. I know I do.

Self leadership calls for becoming the person your highest goals call you to be.

Action steps:

  • Identify the most important goal you have.
  • Instead of listing out all you have to ‘do’, list out all have to ‘become’ in order to accomplish this goal. For example, you have to become more aware of yourself or become more flexible.


[Tweet “What is important as what you become by achieving your goals. #atozchallenge”]

Today I’m on ‘G’ of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. My theme is the A to Z of Self Leadership. I’m also undertaking the NaBloPoMo for April – the theme is ‘grow’ and the Ultimate Blog Challenge


  1. G Angela G Angela April 16, 2015

    I liked the quote corinne ! its so true and yes many a times we give up easily, thanks for motivating, appreciate you for sharing this post..
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  2. Lanise Brown Lanise Brown April 14, 2015

    Great advice. I love how all of your post come together to form a larger picture as well. We need courage and flexibility and awareness to achieve our goals. Hopefully, I can reach my highest goals soon!
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  4. Fab Fab April 12, 2015

    I have to be a lot of things to achieve my goals!! But mostly, I have to be disciplined and flexible – very important!
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  5. Krysta Krysta April 11, 2015

    I am a visual learner. By starting off with that story of the tribes I really visually saw how I can be like that to myself. Thank you for sharing.
    -Krysta Belliston

  6. Lata Lata April 11, 2015

    Corinne, I have already commented on this post but just wanted to say here that truer words were never spoken. We tend to give up all the time instead of taking a deep breath and taking one more step towards the summit
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  7. Kerry Kerry April 11, 2015

    Strengthening my family is my main focus. I need to become more aware of my own needs in order to take care of everyone else. Thanks for this important reminder to “become” when setting goals.
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  8. Shantala Shantala April 11, 2015

    Loved the quote by Thoreau. I have always set extremely ambitious goals and set myself up for failure. Now, I focus on smaller relatively short term goals and this seems to work well for me. Every time I accomplish my goal, I set the next one just a little higher so that it stretches me, but not so high that it becomes unattainable.
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  9. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury April 10, 2015

    That’s a fabulous quote. I am in the process of reviewing everything I want to do – and “become”. Easy to set goals. Not so easy always to follow through!

    Love, Vidya
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  10. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando April 10, 2015

    My goal right now, Corinne, is to complete Adventures in The Glade by the end of this month. I thank God for His steadfastness and inspiration as I travel this journey. Prayers much appreciated, dear friend!
    Love and blessings!
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  11. Eli Eli April 10, 2015

    “Self leadership calls for becoming the person your highest goals call you to be”. Love those words… Reminds me of a beautiful quote” No matter what. Aim for the moon, then you are sure you will end up among the stars. ” we should not be scared to try and just go for it … but I know I am too.. Lovely write up Corinne
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  12. Inderpreet Kaur Uppal Inderpreet Kaur Uppal April 10, 2015

    Goals drive us and define us. I think if we don’t have something to achieve or do then we are just existing and not living. It could be a simple thing but it must matter to us. Lovely series for the ATOZ, it can become a great self help book!
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  13. Storyteller Mary Storyteller Mary April 9, 2015

    Interesting story example . . . I have seen some with a similar theme, and in many the mothers step up to the challenge because that’s just the way mothers are . . . Hugs and best wishes for achieving our truest goals. (Happy to report the frogs are singing outside . . . Spring!!)

  14. Considerer Considerer April 9, 2015

    I’m the one who climbs the mountain and even when it falls on her head, tries to keep climbing.

    I don’t know my goals any more. Not sure I have any.

    Be okay again. That’s a goal.
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  15. jini maxin jini maxin April 9, 2015

    it’s said that only 5% people in this world have the courage to go all the way to achieve their goals. Hope, we are part of that 5%. (I know, just hoping against hope won’t lead you anywhere.) Rest, dream big but, quit half way when the road gets rocky.

  16. BellyBytes BellyBytes April 9, 2015

    I love the simple way you deliver hard truths!

  17. Lata Subramanian ( Lata Subramanian ( April 9, 2015

    Corinne, hard hitting because it is so true. Have sent this to my entire team in Sterling Holiday Resorts
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