I love a juicy story with a powerful message. Here is a story about an old Sage and his young pupil with a lesson you won’t want to miss.
So an old sage is out walking in the forest with a young pupil, when they come across this little seedling that started to grow up out of the ground. The old sage says to the young pupil, “Take that little seedling from the ground.” The young pupil reaches over and pulls it up out of the ground. Then they walk up to this small tree, and the old sage says to the young pupil, “Take this tree from the ground.” The young pupil pushes and pulls, and pushes and pulls. He goes and gets another branch and is trying to uproot the roots. Forty-five minutes later, drenched in sweat, dirty, hands bleeding, he finally gets the tree from the ground. And then they come upon this mighty oak. The sage says to the young pupil, “Take this tree from the ground. The young pupil can’t even see the top of this mighty oak. He turns to the sage and says, “There’s no way. That small tree was barely possible. There’s no way I can get THIS tree out of the ground.” And the old sage says to the young pupil; that is exactly what your habits are like. The longer you let them grow, the deeper their root system becomes. The taller they grow in your life; they might get to the point where you don’t even think it’s possible to uproot them from your life. Do not allow bad habits to grow in your life.
It’s best to catch bad habits before they take hold but it doesn’t matter how big your bad habit has gotten – you can still replace it with a better one. Take out a piece of paper right now and write down one bad habit you would like to get rid of. Then decide the related good habit you would like to replace it with. Now set about practicing the new habit in place of the old one for the next 30 days.
Clint Best is a business coach and the founder of Kaizen Business Coaching in Kelowna, BC. Clint has been guiding forward thinking business owners through change and growth since 2002.