A few years ago, my wife, @JennyAcuff, hurt her finger. With a power tool. That’s just how we do things.
It was a bad day at the Acuff house.
During months of rehab, her doctor gave her a fairly serious warning.
Remember the good ole days? (Via @Pinterest)
This photo is not photoshopped.
It was taken by Ian Salisbury in the middle of a safari in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.
It captures perhaps the most confident crocodile ever.
I don’t know if he’s a dreamer or just a hungry reptile, but we often do the same thing.We think that all we need is confidence. We think all we need is a can do attitude. We think we just need to be positive and we can rule the world!
And so bite an elephant. We try to write an entire book in a weekend. We try to start a business in a week. We try to get in shape in an hour. The problem is, big dreams are made of a thousand tiny actions. No one lands on top of the mountain on day one. They take a step. And then another. And then another. They move a marble from one jar to another until a year later, they’ve got a lot of marbles.
It’s almost January, which is elephant season for a lot of us.
Go bold this new year, but go small too.
Biting elephants is a great way to get discouraged and end up quitting before you’ve even begun.
Most people, dare I say 99% of them, ignore one part of their public speeches.
Though it’s a critical part, they overlook it.
In fact, I guarantee that if you went to a conference last week or church last Sunday, you saw a speaker do exactly what I am talking about today.
What is it?
What do most people ignore?
Hands full of old bitterness are too full to hold new opportunities.
Holding an old grudge leaves you incapable to hold new hope.
If you lost this year, and we both did because losing is part of trying, let it go.
Sometimes Jon and I do Q&A sessions at events. I don’t love being on stage but the whole thing is pretty painless. One of the questions that people always ask is this:
“We have heard all about Jon’s dreams and passions, but do you have any Jenny?”
This question always makes me laugh because I know people are not going to like my answer.