Tale of the Two Wolves

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I'm currently in the throws of training for a big race. A couple weeks ago, during the peak of training, and running like shit. Or shall I say: I felt like shit. I was sick of running four times a week, the paces felt too fast, and my body and mind were being tortured.

I've been thinking so much about psychology lately; and after barely eeking out 12 miles one morning, I texted a friend to confide, "My mindset sucks right now."

I read this sweet and wise fable a year ago, and it's stuck with at times like this, when my mindset is so off. It could be affecting my running or my company's 2018 growth plans.

I reflect: am I getting sucked into giving my energy to negative feelings, situations, or people? Or am I putting in the effort to "feed" habits and mindsets that will breed my desired result, like the grandfather advises below?

 

"An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. 'A fight is going on inside me,' he said to the boy. 'It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.'
He continued, 'The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you- and inside every other person too.'
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,
'Which wolf will win?'
The old Cherokee simply replied, 'The one you feed.'" - Cherokee Legend

 

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