|Busy by Stephen Covey
Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter ask for a job in a timber merchant, and he got it. The paid was really good and so were the work conditions. For that reason, the woodcutter was determined to do his best.
His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was supposed to work.
The first day, the woodcutter brought 18 trees
“Congratulations,” the boss said. “Go on that way!”
Very motivated for the boss’ words, the woodcutter try harder the next day, but he only could bring 15 trees. The third day he try even harder, but he only could bring 10 trees.Day after day he was bringing less and less trees.
“I must be losing my strength”, the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on.
“When was the last time you sharpened your axe?” the boss asked.
“Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees…”
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In 1982 Steven Callahan was crossing the Atlantic alone in his sailboat when it struck something and sank. He was out of the shipping lanes and floating in a life raft, alone. His supplies were few. His chances were small. Yet when three fishermen found him seventy-six days later (the longest anyone has survived a shipwreck on a life raft alone), he was alive — much skinnier than he was when he started, but alive.
His account of how he survived is fascinating. His ingenuity — how he managed to catch fish, how he fixed his solar still (evaporates sea water to make fresh) — is very interesting.
But the thing that caught my eye was how he managed to keep himself going when all hope seemed lost, when there seemed no point in continuing the struggle, when he was suffering greatly, when his life raft was punctured and after more than a week struggling with his weak body to fix it, it was still leaking air and wearing him out to keep pumping it up. He was starved. He was desperately dehydrated. He was thoroughly exhausted. Giving up would have seemed the only sane option.
When people survive these kinds of circumstances, they do something with their minds that gives them the courage to keep going. Many people in similarly desperate circumstances give in or go mad. Something the survivors do with their thoughts helps them find the guts to carry on in spite of overwhelming odds.
“I tell myself I can handle it,” wrote Callahan in his narrative. “Compared to what others have been through, I’m fortunate. I tell myself these things over and over, building up fortitude….”
I wrote that down after I read it. It struck me as something important. And I’ve told myself the same thing when my own goals seemed far off or when my problems seemed too overwhelming. And every time I’ve said it, I have always come back to my senses.
The truth is, our circumstances are only bad compared to something better. But others have been through much worse. I’ve read enough history to know you and I are lucky to be where we are, when we are, no matter how bad it seems to us compared to our fantasies. It’s a sane thought and worth thinking.
So here, coming to us from the extreme edge of survival, are words that can give us strength. Whatever you’re going through, tell yourself you can handle it. Compared to what others have been through, you’re fortunate. Tell this to yourself over and over, and it will help you get through the rough spots with a little more fortitude.
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Stop kidding yourselves. Go after what you want. There is no sacrifice in success, there are no obstacles. There is nothing between you and the goal! You see, if you succeed on your terms, you don’t owe anybody any explanation. But if you fail on their terms, you’ve got a lot of explaining to do! A man doesn’t strive for greatness and embrace mediocrity!!
There is no compromise in a dream. Compromise?!?!? It’s an excuse for falling short while you lay on your couches, in front of your TV’s, with your remote controls, and your glasses of beer watching somebody else run with your dream….Your Dream!
So do me a favor…..Don’t wake up one morning…when your hair is gray…and the elastic has gone out of your waistband…with shaving cream all over your faces, and you look in that mirror and you ask yourselves "What the hell have I been doing for the last 30 years??…….This isn’t my life!!…………This isn’t where my passion lies!!" DO SOMETHING BEFORE THAT HAPPENS!!
Don’t be afraid of your ambitions. If other people hold you back, you don’t want it badly enough and don’t tell me you do! Because other people don’t stop you from dreaming…YOU STOP YOURSELF!! YOU GET IN YOUR OWN WAY!! Because you’re afraid of what you might become…. Even if that something is a wonderful, wonderful thing!!!
…What we’re willing to give up in the pursuit of a dream.