If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.
– Henry Ford
Once upon a time there was a little frog hopping through the forest when he came upon a muddy logging road. It rained heavily in the forest and the road had deep ruts created by the frequent logging trucks that travelled from the forest to the saw mills. As the little frog jumped across the road he realised, too late, that the ruts were wider than his leap and he landed at the bottom of one of the ruts. The frog was small and the rut deep and hard as he tried he couldn’t jump out.
He them hopped a long distance in both directions, only to discover that the rut was endless (much like most ruts we find ourselves in). He sighed, sat down and gave up. “Stuck in a rut”, he muttered to himself.
Just then a big Bull Frog came hopping along and noticed the little frog at the bottom of the rut. “What you doing down there, little frog?”
“Stuck in a rut. I can’t get out.”
“Well, sorry but I can’t help you. I’m on my way to the pond to catch some flies and squeeze me some girl frogs.” And the Bull Frog hopped away.
“I was,” quipped the little frog.
“I thought you couldn’t get out.”
“I couldn’t,” replied the little frog, grinning and catching a fly with his tongue.
“So? What happened?” the Bull Frog asked.
“Well, I had to get out, a logging truck was coming!”
It’s amazing what we can do when we decide it’s important! Every time I work with a senior team during a turnaround or the development of a new strategy I am reminded of the little frog. Results are really about choice. Do we want the result bad enough or do we find enjoyment and comfort in complaining?
My tutor used to say there are either REASONS or RESULTS. And it all begins with a choice.
“Most leaders have no idea of the giant capacity for performance they can immediately command when they focus all their organization’s resources and attention on a few key breakthrough objectives.”
If you don’t like your results, make different choices.
Tight Lines . . .
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