Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Make like an ANT!












I was reading an article written by Jim Rohn.

In it he asked, "Are you looking for the secret to success?"

According to his advice, none of us have to look too far.

To be successful all you need to do is acquire the Mind-Set of an ANT.

Yes, a tiny simple ant.

If you are like me I tend to read about successful people,

and desire to learn how they got there.

We all want to be successful, and learn the secrets of success.

But we forget that the biggest lessons in life may just come from

the tiniest little folks down on the ground around us.

Who would have guessed that those small creatures could

teach us how to live a better life?

Rohn developed what he called the "Ant Philosophy."

He identified four key ant behaviors that can help us lead

more successful lives.

First and most important, "Ants don't ever quit!"

They keep at it and at it.

Have you ever stopped to see how ants constantly look

for a way around any obstacle?

Next time put something in their path and watch them.

They will either go around it, or over it.

They will keep looking for a way out.

You will never see an Ant standing there scratching their head,

standing there just staring.

No, they won’t give up.. and I have never, ever seen them

turn around and go back because of an obstacle in their path.

We could learn a lot from them.

We will always have obstacles enter our lives.

The challenge is to keep moving, working at it and always trying to overcome them. 

We have to be prepared to look for alternative routes

to get us to our goals.

I also think that Ants think about winter even during the summer.

Do you remember the old story of the ant and the grasshopper?

During the middle of summer, the ant was busy gathering food

for the winter that was sure to come.

The grasshopper couldn't care less, he was out having a good time.

The ants knew that summer brought them endless nice, warm days.

Yet they knew that those good times also weren't going to last forever.

Soon enough fall came and then the cold of winter followed.

The grasshopper nearly starved to death.

Even when the going is good, we may encounter

a crisis or a setback.. but they are temporary! 

So think like an ant.

Always be good to others.

Remember to save for a rainy day.

Keep your head up.

Always keep looking ahead.

And remember, good times may not last, but good people do.

Although ants may suffer through the unbearable cold of the winter,

as they hunker down in their nests.

Throughout the bitter cold, and all that they endure...

they keep reminding themselves that winter won’t last forever,

and that summer will soon be there.

And with the first warming sunrays of the summer, one sees the ants come out

and ready to work hard.

When we are down or when we go through what looks like

a never-ending crisis,

it’s good to remind ourselves that this too shall pass.

Good times will eventaully come.

It’s important to retain a positive attitude,

an attitude that says, "I'll get through this, I know things will get better."

As the old saying goes, tough times don’t last.

Tough people do.

Finally ants do all they possibly can - when they can.

How much food does an ant gather in summer?

No doubt, all that it possibly can!

Now that’s a great work ethic to have.

Do all you can, while you can!

I am almost sure, that one ant doesn’t worry about how much food

another ant has collected.

It probably doesn't sit back and wonder why it should have to work so hard.

And I am almost certain that it doesn't waste a lot of time

complaining about it's final reward!

Ants just do everything they need to do, when they can.

They go out daily to gather all the food they can.

Success and happiness in their world and ours is all about giving 100%.

Doing all that we possibly can.

If you look around you, you’ll find that successful people

are those who just do all they possibly can.

I bet if we follow these simple "ant" steps we’ll see the difference.

So don’t ever quit.

Keep your head up.

Always keep looking ahead.

Stay positive.

And do all you can.

And there’s just one more lesson to learn from ants.

Did you know that an ant can carry objects up to 20 times their own weight?

Maybe we are like that too.

We can carry burdens on our shoulders and manage workloads that are far,

far heavier than we’d imagine.

Next time something’s bothering you and weighing you down,

and you feel you just can’t carry on, don’t despair.

Think of that little ant.

And remember, you too can carry a lot more

on your shoulders than you ever realized!

Make it a great día!