I had (and have) other posts ready to go for the New Year -all with of course the usual focus on helping you and me “grow the business”.
But I am stealing shamelessly from the message my local Parish Priest gave yesterday at church services cuz’ his message was frankly better than anything I could have written for today.
“There’s an old adage about three frogs” he said. “Three Frogs sat on a log and one decided he would jump. How many frogs are left on the log?”
Some answered “Two!” but most mumbled or said nothing.
“The answer of course, is three.” Father Paul said.
I had never heard of this 3 frog adage but the message was both obvious and stunning to me. Father Paul filled in the blanks in his short sermon. Decision is not action. All of your dreams and goals and resolutions and lists we make this time of year aren’t worth much if we really don’t act upon them.
I’m guilty of this. For 10 years, I’ve written and kept my New Year’s resolutions and goals and plans and lists nearby me at all times. I look at them often. I’ve achieved many. Ok, some. I looked at them all in fact this last week just to prepare for setting this year’s goals.
Last year I made the decision to limit my 2011 goals to 3 actionable things versus carrying about 10 each year in which I strived. Each of these three things was important. If I am honest with myself though, I got just one achieved and partially one of another so I batted about .400. Pretty sad for a whole year and only 3 big dreams.
I’m not going to be that unmoving frog this year. And I’m not going to pat myself on the back for just “deciding” to do exciting and different things this year and that I was able to write it down and look at it.
Nope, I’m jumping this time.
Till next time,
Grow The Business.
2 thoughts on “3 Frogs”
This blog hit home as I was fine-tuning my 2012 goals! And I appreciate your honesty so I too can admit that I achieved less than 100% :last year ) But this is a new year and I love the distinction between “decision” and “action.” I forwarded the blog to my husband who works for a school district and he shared the frog story with his coworkers. It’s such a simple message, why is it resonating with so many people? I can see me asking myself in the future: am I deciding to jump or am I jumping? Good stuff!
Brenda, thanks for sharing this and yes this simple message really is and did resonate with so many people! Appreciate you too admitting you didn’t achieve it all!