Sheep can’t think, or don’t want to think for themselves. They do what they’re told. End up wherever you shove them next. Get shorn. And they hardly fight back.
Of course, for the literal version, as long as they get some grass – who cares?
But you want more than a meal out of this life, don’t you? At least become the head cook in your own kitchen?
That’ll never happen if you’re easily led.
- You’ll never become the leader others depend on you to be
- You’ll never know how to stand up for yourself, make hard decisions, or stand by the choices you make
- You’ll never get what you want, need, and truly deserve in this life
- You’ll never see more of life than what the “shepherd” allows
You’ll never rise to your fullest potential
And that would be one of the biggest crimes you could ever commit in your life.
It’s the ultimate in loathsome acts of selfishness.
Being one of the herd is easier for most people than taking responsibility.
They’re willing to give up a certain amount of freedom and choice in order to not have to face the perceived negatives in becoming one’s own boss.
This is a tragedy that unfolds on a massive scale every day across the country and the world.
Everyone looks to cast blame, rather than be responsible and do their part to fix the problem.
They want their leaders to fix everything and to tell them how to do it all.
If you’re looking to succeed in life and you feel the same, you must end it now
You start by admitting it’s even taking place.
You take a personal inventory.
If you notice that you’ve been blaming everyone and everything for your problems, rather than yourself, then you’re the problem.
If you rely constantly on some other authority figure in your life to tell you what to do next before you’ll ever act on anything, you need to know this about yourself and knock it off.
No one is better able to fix your dilemma or improve your life or grow your business, than you. You are the master of your realm. Take charge!
They don’t come back from their life’s journey.
The shepherd and the dog do, though. So does the wolf.
They go home every day. Fed.
By the sheep.
You want to be the boss, like the shepherd. You want to have some authority of your own, like the dog. You want the power and freedom to live as you see fit, like the wolf.
And you want to be your own shepherd so that you may avoid the wolves. That last bit’s important. As much as we wish to be lord of our realms, we’re all sheep to something to larger.
But now we’re getting into meadows and field arrangements and global views.
Let’s keep it to just you and your tribe.
Nice metaphors Ken, but how do I begin?
Take the initiative!
This can start on a tiny scale.
Just start taking responsibility for one small thing in your day that would normally wait until someone else told you what to do with it.
Is this an easy thing to do? Does your life change rapidly upon your awakening? Hell no! It’s hard. It’s painful. It’s slow. It seems impossible even as you refuse to quit.
But it does not have to be some epic change in habits, goals, and activities. It does not have to be a “Knights of the Round Table” type of a mindset.
You just agree with yourself to just get underway, then pick the easiest target.
You’re stronger than you know. We all are.
To escape the herd and become the shepherd takes nothing more than a twist in thinking to begin.
Then, there are many tools for the mind and resources to help you use them, to begin cementing your new role as the leader of your own domain.
All of the people on my mentor’s list have helped me to become more of what I am espousing on this page. Go visit them.
I did it. You can do it too. The world NEEDS you to figure this out!