Today I’m going to speak ONLY of the GOOD NEWS that’s out there and I’m going to SHUN the naysayers & the mood-hoovers. I’m going to CELEBRATE all that’s good in my life (and yours) right now and I’m going to SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS – why?
Because we all know that ATTITUDES ARE TOTALLY CONTAGIOUS and BEHAVIOUR BREEDS BEHAVIOUR, right?
And we also know that the negative can be all-powerful, so we need to steer clear of it. How can we do that? Well, here’s your STARTER FOR 6:
1. Make a conscious effort to SMILE today – it’s an outward sign of inner enthusiasm, so get yourself into a good inner state and then let your face know it
2. Do a GOOD DEED for someone today – even a tiny random act of kindness can make someone’s day, and everyone could do with a little pick-me-up right now, wouldn’t you agree?
3. Watch, read or listen to at LEAST 10 MINS of an uplifting, motivational, inspiring piece of music or podcast or book or video – and let those feel-good endorphins do their thing
4. Put down in WRITING 3 things that you are grateful for today – if you can only think of 1 thing, then write that one thing out 3 times
5. Make a COMMITMENT (in writing) today that you will SPEAK only in the positive – our words are the clothes that our thoughts wear, so we must dress them well
6. Make a promise to yourself (and to the world) today, that from this moment on, you will forever be the Eagle NOT the Crow
The Eagle & The Crow Story
Eagles are large, powerfully built birds of prey, with heavy heads and beaks. Like all birds of prey, eagles have strong, muscular legs and powerful talons. Sight is the strongest of all eagle senses – the eyes are large, accounting for almost 50% of the head and can weigh the same amount as a human eye. An eagle’s vision is 4–5 times better than that of a human and they have a much greater field of view. They’re also able to see 5 basic colours to our 3 and can detect UV light.
The eagle dominates the sky as is his birth-right, spreading wings as broad as they are steely black. His head is white in the sunlight, as bright as the clouds he glides between. These magnificently majestic birds are admired the world over, as living symbols of power, freedom and transcendence. For centuries, people have seen eagles as a symbol of beauty, bravery, courage, honour, pride, determination and grace – considered important and symbolic to humanity because of their admirable characteristics.
Here are 5 important characteristics of the eagle that have been closely associated with leadership – and we leaders, movers & shakers would do well to take heed of these lessons from the mighty bird:
Leadership Qualities of Eagles
1. Eagles have powerful vision
2. Eagles are fearless
3. Eagles are tenacious
4. Eagles are high-flyers
5. Eagles nurture their young
The only bird brave enough (or rather, stupid enough) to take on the mighty majestic eagle is the Crow. The crow tends to be a solitary creature, often identified in ancient mythology as a ‘clever trickster’ and in some cultures, they are considered to be a symbol of bad luck. A group of crows is called a Murder. When one crow dies, the Murder will surround the deceased, although this funeral isn’t just to mourn the dead – the crows gather together to find out what killed their member. Then, the Murder will band together and chase predators in a behaviour called Mobbing.
Rather sinister, huh!?
The crow will peck at an eagle as it begins to soar – it will sit on its back and bite the eagle’s neck. It is unclear why the seemingly intelligent crow would take on such an inevitable fight with a fellow species triple its size & stature – some say it is a protective stance and others, a sign of the crow’s Napoleon complex coming to the fore (thinking they’re much bigger & tougher than they actually are).
However, just like the wise old owl, the eagle does not respond or fight with the crow. In fact, the larger bird will ignore its tormentor, just as we might ignore a small dog yipping at our heels. The eagle doesn’t waste time or energy on the crow – it merely opens its wings and begins to rise higher in the sky. The higher the eagle flies, the harder it is for the crow to breathe. Eventually, the crow falls due to a lack of oxygen and the mighty eagle continues its reign into the distant sky.
No other bird can soar to the height of the eagle – the eagle knows it and the crow knows it.
So, let’s stop wasting time with the crows.
You know who I’m talking about – all those mood-hoovers and naysayers who are always trying to bring you down or back to the place you’re working so hard to move away from.
Get those negative energy spreaders off your back and continue to soar upwards on your journey to success – if you aim for the moon, you may just find the stars
You’re an EAGLE not a CROW – so be the wind beneath your OWN wings this week and RISE UP!
YOU’VE GOT THIS
Until next time – keep FIT & fly high!