I want to tell a quick story about a parable that I heard recently at a success seminar. I think upon hearing it, it might help you begin to see your problems or whatever you might be going through from a slightly different perspective.
Here it is:
Once upon a time there lived a man and his donkey. One day while out walking, the man’s favorite donkey mistakenly fell into a deep hole; The man upon seeing this tries frantically with all his might to pull the donkey out but no matter how hard he tries, he cannot seem to succeed.
He even tries to talk the donkey out of the hole but to no avail. Running out of options he goes off to ask neighbors and even strangers to assist him in freeing his donkey yet no one has the strength to get his donkey from the hole. They all eventually walk away from the Man believing him crazy for even trying.
The Man thinking he was out of options feels he has no choice and decides to bury it alive. The man begins pouring Dirt onto the donkey from above. The donkey feels the load, shakes it off, and steps on it. The more dirt that is poured onto the donkey, the more it shakes it off and stands on it. The more the load, the higher it rose. The donkey continues this “shaking-off and Standing-On” process for a shockingly far longer time than what the Man expected.
Eventually, after one whole day, just after night and right before sunrise, the donkey had done enough shaking-off and Standing-On to see his way out of the hole, and eventually stepped out of the hole and onto higher ground (success).
The moral is what happens to you isn’t nearly as important as how you react to it.
Life is going to shovel dirt on you. Its happens to everyone, thats life. The trick to getting out of the hole is to shake it off and proudly stand atop the dirt. Every adversity can be turned into a stepping stone if you dont fall into the common role of “Victim”. The way to get out of the deepest hole is by never giving up but by shaking yourself off and taking a step up.
“Every failure is a stepping stone to success.”
In addition to the moral of the story, it also has two lessons:
1. No one can free your Donkey, only you can.
2. The Mans decision to throw in the towel and bury the donkey alive is just like your friends, family, co-workers, or even sometimes yourself, when it comes to facing problems…In that, people (even society) will give up on you, throw dirt on you, and count you out just because you may have fell upon a small hole (bad times) .
Always Remember: The problem is never how many times you fall down, its “how long do you stay there?”
A champion is judged NOT by how many times he gets knocked down, but by the amount of times he gets up.
Freedom Strategist & Mental Game Coach
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