January 3rd, 2011…How is it going so far?

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – James Dean

How is your year going so far? I know its only been 3 days but have you already adjusted your goals for the year? If so, don’t be discouraged.It takes a very wise man to make adjustments when something is not going as planned (though I think personally its too soon) But the shear fact that you made adjustments is good. But I ask, did you make an adjustment due to fear of failing? If so that’s was not the first and it will not be the last.

A great story about the need to be constantly developing ideas, and adjusting your approach to be successful in tasks in the story of the stubborn fisherman. A long time ago in a land far far away, there was a fisherman need Joe. Joe was a proud man and enjoyed going out to fetch food for his family. Everyday he would go out to the lake, get in his boat and cast his net into the east current. Each day he came back to shore with no fish just a net filled this trash people threw into the water. Although Joe had no success his best friend Ronald was always successful, each day Ronald would come to shore with at least 10 fish. He was always nice enough to give Joe 3 fish so he could feed his family. Each day Joe wondered why he was unsuccessful, and Ronald was the opposite. But because he was stubborn and sure he was fishing in the right place he never asked Ronald for advice. One day, Joe came back to shore frustrated for another unsuccessful day of fishing and he said to Ronald “I just don’t get it, we fish in the same river each day, yet I come to shore with no fish, why is that.” Ronald laughed and said “I was wondering how long you would take before you ask”  Joe smirked in anger and asked “what’s so funny?” Ronald said you see Joe you are so determined to do everything on your own, and not asking for help that you missed the obvious reason you are missing all of the fish.” Ronald then pointed down to Joe’s net, Joe angrily said “It’s not my net, this is the most expensive net in the store.” Ronald said “That may be true, but the holes are too wide, and I’m sure the fish you could be catching are swimming in and out of your net.”  Joe ashamed of this recognized the error in his refusal to change leading him to failure.

The moral of that story is you have to be alert and attentive, and be willing to make adjustments to your goals in order to get to your ultimate goal. So focus on your goals, and always be ready to adjust and you WILL WIN!

Be GREAT at what you do TODAY!

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