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.
- 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.
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.