Are you sitting comfortably in your nice, familiar zone and wonder when’s your next breakthrough is gonna come?
I received this story from one of my readers from Scotland and I thought that I should post this up here. There’s a great coaching lesson in it.
The Falcon & The Branch
Once there was a king who received a gift of two magnificent falcons. They were peregrine falcons, 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 informed 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 healers and sorcerers from all the land to tend to the falcon, but no one could make the bird fly.
He presented the task to the member of his court, but the next day, the king saw through the palace window that the bird had still not moved from its perch.
Having tried everything else, the king thought to himself, “May be I need someone more familiar with the countryside to understand the nature of this problem.” So he cried out to his court, “Go and get a farmer.”
In the morning, the king was thrilled to see the falcon soaring high above the palace gardens. He said to his court, “Bring me the doer of this miracle.”
The court quickly located the farmer, who came and stood before the king. 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.”
Just like a ship is not made for the harbor and the falcon is not designed to sit on the branch, you and I weren’t created for a mediocre life. There is more to life than to settle for the familiar, the mundane and the safe zones.
Have you been limited by your surrounding circumstances? Are you conforming instead of breaking free to be you who you’re meant to be and reach for your limitless success?
Sometimes we can begin our “flight” with some gentle training. Other times, we need something much more drastic – like our branch cut off, so that we have no other choice but to flap our wings and fly!
1) What’s your “comfortable branch” that you’ve been sitting on that you know you need to get off?
2) What would happen if you don’t get off your “branch”?
3) What will you gain if you do?
4) Who is the person holding you accountable to your growth, who has the permission to challenge you even with drastic methods (if necessary)?
Hope this story speaks to you. Wishing you flying success!