Don't stay stuck in a rut – achieve your potential
Mind Your Step
Published 03/04/2014 | 02:30
Well last week I got an email from a lady who had just turned 50 and felt her life was stuck in neutral. "I can't motivate myself any more to exercise. How can I use your book The Green Platform to change?" she asked.
To get out of a rut you have to get so disturbed about your present life that you scream "enough is enough". You have to get sick and tired of being sick and tired living a half-lived life of quiet desperation on the negative Red Platform.
We don't just suddenly see a rut and say, "Ah, there's a rut. Let's step into it!" Once we're in a rut we need a massive "whack" to get out of it. A purpose. A why. A reason.
The challenge is to choose to change direction.
Decisions shape destiny. When you make a choice, you create the future. The choice you make in turn makes you. The choice to go in a new direction with a new vision of a fit and healthy you on The Green Platform is the most magical and transformational choice you will ever make.
I am not saying it is going to be easy, but I guarantee that it will be worth it. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Like the falcon in a story I heard recently from my good friend, Peter Donnelly.
Once there was a king who received a gift of two magnificent falcons. They were the most beautiful birds he had ever seen. He gave the precious birds to his head falconer to be trained.
Months passed, and one day the head falconer told the king that though one of the falcons was flying majestically, soaring high in the sky, the other bird had not moved from its branch since the day it had arrived.
The king summoned experts from all over his kingdom but nobody could make the bird fly. Having tried everything else, the king thought "maybe I need somebody more familiar with the countryside to train the falcon to fly". So he said, "go and get me a farmer".
In the morning, the king was thrilled to see the falcon soaring high above the palace gardens. He said to his courtiers: "Bring me the doer of this miracle."
They brought the farmer to him. The king asked him: "How did you make the falcon fly?"
With his head bowed, the farmer said to the king: "It was very easy, your highness. I simply cut the branch where the bird was sitting."
We are all made to fly, to realise our incredible potential as human beings. But, at times, we sit in fear on our branches, clinging to the things that are familiar to us.
The possibilities on The Green Platform are endless, but for most of us, they remain undiscovered. We conform to the familiar, the comfortable, and the mundane on The Red Platform.
Generally, our lives are mediocre instead of exciting, thrilling and fulfilling. The French poet Guillaume Apollinaire challenges us to leave our comfortable life branch: "Come to the edge, he said. We are afraid, they said. Come to the edge, he said? They came to the edge. He pushed them and they flew."
I've done that now with the lady who recently turned 50.
I told her that if she follows what the book says, 50 will indeed be the new 30.
I will let you know how she gets on but I do hope that I am the farmer in her story.
Declan Coyle is a director of Andec Communications. His motivational techniques have been used by several All-Ireland winning teams. firstname.lastname@example.org