Check out this story: A Tale of Two Frogs
A group of frogs was traveling through the woods and two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.
The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?” The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.
How does this apply to you?
You may have imagined some pretty amazing goals for yourself and your practice and are having trouble meeting them. If so, is it possible that you have naysayers in your environment who make you feel that you can’t achieve those goals? Have a “look,” and if you do have such people opposing you, decide to turn a deaf ear to them. Listen to those around you who are encouraging you and helping you.
Similarly, don’t forget that your staff also need you to be encouraging them to accomplish their goals in life and to do well on their jobs. Pay it forward!