Perseverance is the key!
As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages.
It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime can break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.
He saw a trainer nearby and asked, “Why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away?”
“Well,” 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, so they never try to break free.”
The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.
Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before? You are not failed till you don’t quit. And most of the people quit when they are too close to success. Perseverance and self-faith is the Key!
How to Lead Authentically
A troubled mother one day came to Mahatma Gandhi with her daughter and explained to him that her daughter was in the habit of eating far more sweet food than was good for her.
She asked, would the Mahatma speak to the girl and persuade her to give up this harmful habit? Gandhi sat for a while in silence and then said: "Bring your daughter back in three weeks’ time, and then I will speak to her."
The mother and her daughter returned after three weeks. Gandhi quietly took the daughter aside and in a few simple words urged her to abandon the habit. Thanking Gandhi for giving her daughter such good advice, the mother then said to him in a puzzled voice, "Still, I would like to know, Mahatma, why you didn't just say these words to my daughter three weeks ago when I first brought her to you."
Explained the Mahatma in reply, "three weeks ago, I myself was still addicted to eating sweet foods.”
This story depicts a great quality of a true leader. You cannot preach effectively what you do not practice yourself. You need to inspire people with your actions, with your words. In words of Mahatma Gandhi, "You must be the change you want to see in the world. As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”
If you change yourself you will change your world. If you change how you think then you will change how you feel and what actions you take. And so the world around you will change. Not only because you are now viewing your environment through new lenses of thoughts and emotions but also because the change within can allow you to take action in ways you wouldn’t have – or maybe even have thought about – while stuck in your old NEGATIVE thought patterns.
To Create a New Story in Life, Accept Challenges
It once happened to a man who was traveling by train. He noticed that another man who was his sole companion in the compartment was behaving in an unusual way. For some time he seemed to be chuckling to himself very happily, and then a serious look would come over his face and he would make a gesture of impatience before resuming his chuckles again.
After a while, the first man could not stand it any longer and said, "Excuse my asking Sir, but what is it that amuses you so much?’
‘Funny stories, of course,’ he promptly replied, "I am telling myself funny stories.’
‘How very interesting,’ murmured the first man soothingly, and then added, ’but every now and then you look very serious. Why is that?’
"That is when it is a story I have heard before.
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This is how things go on. If you yourself are telling the story, how can you tell the new story? All stories are heard before; you can just repeat. Your life cannot be a life of newness, of freshness, of morning. Your life is bound to be stale, stuffed with just repetitions; at the most an efficient mechanism, but no consciousness.
So whenever you are ready to take the journey for the unknown, fear will arise. Fear of losing that which you have never had, fear of losing life. Life you have never had — just a mechanical thing: the fear of losing a repetitive efficiency, the fear of losing your old pattern. It may be comfortable and convenient, but it is not alive. Life always creates new troubles. Those troubles are not really troubles. If you look rightly, they are challenges to grow. Take them heads on
A man woke up early in order to have his morning Prayers. He got dressed, set on his way to the Church.
On his way to the CHURCH, the man fell and his clothes got dirty. He got up, brushed himself up, and headed home. At home, he changed his clothes, and was, again, on his way to the CHURCH.
On his way to the CHURCH, he fell again and at the same spot! He, again, got up, brushed himself off and headed home. At home he, once again, changed his clothes and was on his way to the Church.
On his way to the CHURCH, he met a man holding a lamp. He asked the man of his identity and the man replied ‘I saw you fall twice on your way to the CHURCH, so I brought a lamp so I can light your way.
The first man thanked him profusely and the two went on their way to the CHURCH.
Once at the CHURCH, the first man asked the man with the lamp to come in and offer Prayers with him. The second man refused. The first man asked him a couple more times and, again, the answer was the same.
The first man asked him why he did not wish to come in and pray.
The man replied, ‘I am Satan’. The man was shocked at this reply.
Satan went on to explain, ‘I saw you on your way to the CHURCH and it was I who made you fall. When you went home, cleaned yourself and went back on your way to the CHURCH, Jesus forgave all of your sins.
I made you fall a second time, and even that did not encourage you to stay home, but rather, you went back on your way to CHURCH. Because of that, Jesus forgave all the sins of the people of your household.
I was afraid if I made you fall one more time, then Jesus will forgive the sins of the whole nation (world) so I made sure that you reached the CHURCH safely.’
Do not put off the good you intended to do as you never know how much reward you might receive from the hardships you encounter while trying to achieve that good—for your righteousness can save your family and nation at large.
Do this and see the victory of the Jesus.