In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.
After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.
That day the peasant learned what many of us never seem to understand.
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.
Monday Morning Perspective
“One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.“ –Albert Schweitzer
“A winning effort begins with preparation.” –Joe Gibbs
It’s no wonder that people often reach out for developmental coaching when things are going poorly. It’s usually when things get challenging that people think to ask for help. Much like we only think to see a mechanic when the car begins making unusual noises, our own personal development often occurs in the same reactive pattern.
Just like the peasant with the load of vegetables, we need to work diligently to move obstacles and overcome challenges. The time spent pushing the boulder out of the way is always well rewarded.
The trick is to be prepared to push. I guarantee that the peasant had labored physically- built up this muscles and stamina- before he found that boulder in his path. The wealthy merchants and courtiers may not have been physically able to move the boulder even if they had tried. The peasant’s physical strength was attained through daily preparation, not luck. His preparation perpetuated his success.
Our own self-development should be seen as equally important. Instead of waiting for a challenge to arrive, we should be preparing ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally.
The question of the week is, “What are you doing for you?”
Will you be prepared to push when life places that boulder in your path? If not, it’s time to start preparing.
Have a wonderful week!
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