Once upon a time, there was a rich man living happily with all his wealth.
He had a lot of horses and used to ride horses whenever he is happy.
He went into gambling and lost all his assets and came to street all of a sudden.
He wanted to have a horse but could not afford to buy one as he has become so poor.
He somehow managed to save some money and went out to buy a horse with that.
He could only get a blind horse. The seller told him that the horse can run very fast and will listen only to the following two commands while riding;
It will start running if you say “Thank God” and stop immediately if you say “Oh my God”
He bought the horse and started riding happily. He just checked the commands himself.
He said ‘Thank God’- It started riding. He repeated; it increased it speed. He said “Oh my God” It stopped abruptly. He did it twice thrice and horse was responding perfectly. He was so happy. He started climbing a nearby hill with the horse. He kept telling ‘Thank God’ it climbed the hill in jet speed. He was amazed; forgot everything for a few moments; closed his eyes and started enjoying the breeze coming through the hill.
After some time, when he opened his eyes, he realised that he is almost reached the peak of the hill. He has to stop the blind horse immediately; otherwise both of them will fly into the deep valley ahead. Realising the danger, spontaneously he pulled in the rein heavily to stop the horse. It didn’t stop as it can not understand that act as a command. Panicked by its reaction, he tried remembering the command to stop the horse but failed miserably as he lost control of himself totally in crisis. By that time they have already reached the top, and it is only few more steps away from falling. He lost all his hope; closed his eyes tightly and shouted “Oh my God” helplessly. Understanding this command rightly the horse stopped. Not realising what happened he just opened his eyes and saw that they were just standing before the big valley. Had the horse taken the next step they would have fallen on it. He was so relieved and felt so grateful to God for saving his life; kept his hands on his chest and said “Thank God”.
You know what would have happened next!!!
Leadership Lessons from this story
1. You can control your subordinates/spouse/kids/people around you in a way they will accept; not the way you are accustomed to
2. When you feel you are in crisis, you sub conscious mind takes over
3. You sub conscious mind is filled with your regular behaviours/believes/values not with your new learning which are not practiced.
4. To put any good thing you learn to your sub conscious mind, you should practice it regularly and convert that as a habit.
From India, Coimbatore
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