I recently stumbled upon a thought-changing podcast featuring Rory Vaden, best-selling author of Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success. In the podcast, Rory explained that, as humans, we are inclined to take the path of least resistance in life. (Guilty here.) He then offered a really cool analogy illustrating how procrastination inevitably leads us to more pain and problems.
In the Colorado Rockies, most storms come from the west and head eastward. Apparently, buffaloes and cows respond very differently to these oncoming storms.
When cows see a storm approaching, they run in the opposite direction from it. Unfortunately for them, they aren’t the fastest thing on cloven hooves. As the storm catches up with them, the cows fail to realize they are actually now running with the storm, prolonging the amount of time they have to endure the inclement weather.
Buffaloes, on the other hand, actually run directly toward a storm when they see it coming, so it passes over them quickly and their exposure is limited.
The bottom line from all this cowboy talk?
- What seemed like avoidance actually prolonged the pain.
- What seemed like a sacrifice brought desired results more quickly.
Problems we procrastinate on are amplified. Projects we procrastinate on prevent progress.
Today, are you ready to be a buffalo and face your challenges head on?
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