An old Cherokee was teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The same fight is going is going on inside you – and inside every other person too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Fear, Worry, Hopelessness
The above parable was mentioned in the movie Tomorrowland when one of the characters was acting defeated and hopeless about the future. It inspired positiveness and really helped turn the whole scene around.
Another phrasing for this could be that you have an analytical mind and a reactive mind. Worry, fear, anxiety, hopelessness, giving up – these are all stemming from the reactive mind (the evil wolf). When you are making things go right and are analytically working out how you CAN accomplish something … that is your analytical mind (the good wolf).
Sometimes as a practice owner you may find yourself thinking dim thoughts about how bad everything is right now. For example:
why do I even bother to keep trying to change things,
the bills never seem to stop coming in
there are no good staff out there to be hired,
why am I the only one gets anything done around here,
I have a feeling this is going to be a very bad day,
The reason my stats are going down is all the competition around my practice,
I don’t see things getting better in the future.
This is a good time to remind yourself that you are feeding the evil wolf and to switch to feeding the good wolf instead. Force yourself to think positive thoughts and have faith that you CAN do something about the situation.
Try it out for yourself and feed the good wolf!
For assistance in keeping stress down and feeding the white wolf