I have learned a lot about goals recently. I have come to realize that there is much that I need(ed) to learn about goals.
I believe that I have accomplished some good things in my lifetime but I can now see that I will be more effective in doing much more good with my life by setting strong goals, being committed to them, and by being willing to make the necessary sacrifices that are often a part of accomplishing goals.
Goals are a powerful tool and they increase and focus our vision!
I hope you enjoy today’s story! I think I am going to set a goal of being more like a beaver!
The Beaver And His Goals
Author: Catherine Pulsifer
It started last fall when we had a beaver move in the small stream beside our house. He immediately began taking down small trees, and within a couple of weeks our small stream turned into a small pond. Everyday he added more to his damn and to his house.
We’re sure you’ve all heard the inspirational saying, “busy as a beaver”, well now we appreciate this saying as we saw the work that this beaver did over a very short period of time.
The Damn Completed
With the stream now damned and his house built, we thought that would be the last of the beaver’s busy activity as winter set in. But, to our amazement, he started chewing on a very large maple tree. And, we mean large. The tree is over 60 feet tall and is approximately five feet in diameter at the base. We were amazed at the challenge this beaver was attempting. Over the winter, he would come out and chew a bit more. He had setbacks as we faced major winter storms and freezing weather. We thought that he will never chew through this tree. But sure enough, when the weather allowed, he kept coming back and would chew a bit more.
With spring finally arriving, we went down to see the beaver’s progress and sure enough the tree is going to come down soon!! Our beaver has now almost completely chewed around and through the entire tree.
The Beaver’s Goal
The beaver’s original goal was survival – to build a home for the winter. Working every day with that particular focus in mind, he achieved that goal. But the large maple tree he started chewing on last fall was a future goal – he wanted the large tree for the spring, to provide new food and branches to continue damning in anticipation of the spring thaw. And, even with the setbacks he faced over the winter, he never gave up.
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