My dog Sassy and I took a 90 minute walk around our community lake this morning.

  Sassy is now a pretty good walker. She was horrendous the first time I took her but, over time, has gotten better and even my wife and others have complimented her on what a good walker she is.

The one exception is when it comes to squirrels. If a squirrel gets within 6 feet of us Sassy gets out of control about their violation of social distance policies and attacks…..

     I am not sure her natural instinct to want to attack them actually has anything at all to do with social distancing, but squirrels are her one distraction.

Now, when I walk or ride my Harley Davidson motorcycle, one of the pleasant side effects is that I often have meditations that lead to revelation and my observing of Sassy and the squirrels this morning was no exception.

     I actually chuckled to myself as I thought about the fact that we aren’t really too much unlike Sassy, or the squirrels for that matter.

  1. Sassy was a very poor walker when she started but, through time and training, she is now mostly a very good one. This is true for us as well. Time in training is one of the most important, and oftentimes the most important, thing standing between where (and who) we are and who we need to become to get where we want to be. This is true in the martial arts for sure, and also leadership, fitness and almost any given thing.
  2. Even though, through training, Sassy has come so far she still lets squirrels distract her- and, when she does, it’s almost as if she forgets everything she’s learned. Got some “squirrels” in your life? I know I do. But I’m getting better. Step one, if you care to get better too, is figure out what your own squirrels are. What are the distractions keeping you from doing the work you need to do to be the person you need to be to get the result you want to get?
  3. And sometimes we’re like the squirrels too, aren’t we? 

               Ask yourself, does my behavior help my (team/boss/employee/friend/child/parent/spouse/sibling/etc) move in the direction of their goals or distract them from it?

I’ll leave it there. 

    Hopefully you’ve got lots to think about, that may even help you have your own meditations and revelations too.

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