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Eyes on impala: Danger of a diminishing vision

A DOG went hunting. Before long it spotted an impala and gave chase. The impala, though, was too fast for the dog. Frustrated and tired, the dog spotted a rabbit. It turned away from the impala and gave chase to the rabbit, thinking it stood a better chance with the smaller animal.
But the rabbit, still fresh, outran the dog, which got even more tired and more frustrated. As the dog continued to chase the rabbit, however, it saw a mouse run cross the path between it and the fleeing rabbit – and again the dog changed direction and begun chasing the mouse. It was sure that it stood a better chance of catching the mouse than the rabbit.
Just when the dog thought it would pounce on the mouse, the little fellow plunged into a hole and disappeared into the bowels of the earth. And so the dog, extremely tired and frustrated, turned away with nothing to show.
Why did the dog end up with nothing? Simply because it made some wrong decisions. Having started off chasing something it wound up staring at nothingness. Let us look at the key mistakes made by the dog.
One, the dog kept reducing its vision or target. It kept deceiving itself with the idea that the smaller the animal the easier it would be to catch. From the impala it went for the rabbit, and then for the mouse, only to end up with nothing.
This is what I call the diminishing vision. There are people who have ended achieving nothing because of this same attitude of shifting visions. They start off with a great, wonderful vision to achieve great things. By and by, though, due to tough challenges, they keep adjusting their vision till they wind up with no vision and no achievement. There are people who go to school determined to achieve big things but over time keeping reducing their vision till they remain with no ambition. When they encounter a challenge while pursuing a plan they abandon it for something “easier” – and this process of vision-reduction repeats itself until they wind up with nothing.
The lesson: do not change your plans or vision each time you encounter difficulties. The best things of life are the hardest to get. Keep chasing that impala you started off with, no matter how elusive, as long as you know you are doing the right thing. You may get tired and even frustrated sometimes – but keep your eyes on the impala.
Two, the dog lacked focus and self-discipline. It should have concentrated on the chase and the target, but was ever looking for an alternative, and so changed direction to chase the rabbit instead of the impala.
As you pursue your dream or vision there will always be distractions coming in a variety of forms, and some of them will be very attractive – but you must keep chasing the impala. The rabbit is a tasty little animal, but that does not mean you abandon the chase for the impala. Stay focused, and only self-discipline will make you stay the course.
Three, the dog lacked perseverance and determination. It wanted an easy catch. Only you know which impala you are chasing at the moment, and it is normal to sometimes feel like giving up, especially when nothing seems to be working; when your efforts appear to be in vain.
But then, as long as you are doing the right thing, keep at it – keep your eyes on that impala till you lay your hands on it.
Keep pursuing your dream till you achieve it. If your current strategy cannot catch the impala, just re-strategise and keep chasing. Do not compromise your vision.

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