Sometimes, Ignorance is Bliss…
I heard a really interesting story the other day that you may find some value in when it comes to your personal development, attaining goals, and living life.
There was a man once who really wanted something in life. Driving down a country lane to get there, he accidentally took his eye off of the road and drove straight into the ditch. Fortunately, a local farmer was passed by thirty minutes later with a horse.
“Could your horse pull my car out of the ditch?” asked the driver.
“Buddy’s a Clydesdale,” said the farmer, “let’s see what he can do for you.”
The farmer hitched Buddy to the car and said: “Pull, Blackie, Pull!” Buddy didn’t move an inch.
Then the farmer said, “Pull, Sampson, Pull!” Buddy still didn’t move an inch.
The farmer said again, “Pull, Jackson, Pull!” And still, Buddy didn’t move an inch.
Then the farmer yelled, “PULL, BUDDY, PULL!!” And Buddy pulled the car effortlessly out of the ditch.
The grateful driver was confused. “Let me ask you a question,” he said, “why did you keep calling Buddy by the wrong name?”
“Well,” said the farmer, “you see, Buddy is blind. And if he thought he was the only one pulling, he wouldn’t even try.”
When I sit down with people in a life or executive coaching session and we define a compelling future for them, one of the first thing that shows up is their desire to know exactly what to do in order to reach the goal.
However, if someone really knew all of the problems, challenges, and emotional stress they were going to have to go through to achieve their goals…many would never even start! If someone really knew, in advance, all of the challenges they would have to face to run their first marathon, get that next job, or find that dream spouse, they would be so overwhelmed they would probably never start.
So, sometimes not knowing all of the obstacles and challenges that are going to happen in the pursuit of a goal makes the term, “ignorance is bliss” true.
Successful goal achievement comes from taking on the challenges one day at a time, asking for help when you get off track, and engaging faith to access your untapped potential in the face of adversity. And no matter what, keep pulling even when you can’t see!
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