Be The Buffalo

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Rory Vaden gives us a great lesson about success and leadership by studying how buffalo and cows respond to storms.

What cows do is very natural. Cows can sense the storm coming from the west, so they start running east in an attempt to outrun the storm. The only problem with that plan is that cows aren’t very fast, so the storm catches up with the cows rather quickly. Without knowing better, the cows continue to try to outrun the storm. But instead of outrunning the storm, they actually run right along with the storm. Maximizing the amount of pain and time, and frustration they experience from that storm!

Humans do the same thing all of the time. We try to avoid the inevitable challenges that come along with the difficult circumstances by trying to outrun the storm. Highly successful people realize that problems that are procrastinated are only amplified. Waiting always makes it worse.

What buffalo do, on the other hand, is very unique for the animal kingdom. Buffalo wait for the storm to cross over the crest of the mountaintop, and as the storm rolls over the ridge, the buffalo turn and charge directly into the storm versus running away from it.

By running at the storm, they run straight through it. Minimizing the amount of pain, time, and frustration they experience from that storm.

We don’t always get to choose whether or not we have storms. The only choice we have is how we respond to those storms. So when faced with a storm, be the buffalo and face it head-on!

Something to Think About
According to Rory Vaden, author of Take the Stairs, the buffalo mentality represents successful entrepreneurs. They charge directly into problems because they realize that procrastination is simply a creditor that charges you interest. When faced with a storm, which direction will you go?

Weekly Activity
Procrastination is a form of avoidance. It’s not a solution when faced with challenges this week; head west and get through it.

Words of Wisdom
Regrets only apply when we don’t learn from a situation. No sense looking back: look forward with new knowledge and no regret. – Catherine Pulsifer

In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it. – Norman Vincent Peale

You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. – Joyce Meyer

The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible. – Winston Churchill

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. – John Wooden

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