This will be the last post from “Even Eagles Need A Push”, and the last post until the first week in December where I’ll begin quoting important points from another author.
Chapter 7 Taking Charge Of Your Thoughts, Attitude
Author quotes from Chapter 7:
“You have now placed your self in a special and rare category of people. It is the uncommon person who knows not only what he or she wants fro life, but also what he or she has to offer and contribute to it.
Despite all the good work we have done so far, it would be folly to believe that we can control everything that happens in our lives. Much of the pain and frustration we experience is the result of resistance to that which is not only out of control but also what we feel is unfair or should not happen to us. If we can replace this resistance with acceptance, stop judging and start learning from the unpredictable events of our lives, we begin to discover another key to happiness.
Goals, if they are to be reached, certainly require careful planning and follow through, but it would be arrogant and misguided to think that there should or would not be any strong challenges to those plans along the way. To not have flexibility to alter our plans and reset our goals is potentially to set ourselves up for failure. Our vision becomes a prison.
Those who learn to soar have the courage to take a positive attitude toward life. They understand that life offers many surprises but believe that within those surprises are lessons—and that from the lessons comes wisdom. A positive attitude requires courage because it is a decision not to be defeated no matter what challenges life presents.”
I take exception to his statement, “To not have flexibility to alter our plans and reset our goals is potentially to set ourselves up for failure. Our vision becomes a prison.” if it means that we have to ‘alter’ our purpose, and vision. Altering my purpose and vision, for my life, would have been a ‘prison’, and that would have not been acceptable. I can see altering plans (which I have done) to deal with certain ‘personalities’ in order to accomplish my purpose/vision/goals, but for me, recalcitrant individuals will not alter my purpose in life.
Remember, “Leaders are like eagles; they don’t flock; you find them one at a time”