Lions love to eat gazelle meat. But it’s very difficult for lions to catch gazelles because the latter run so fast. So instead of trying to catch their quarry, a group of young lions will form a line and try to herd them in a particular direction. The gazelles easily outrun the lions, heading in the opposite direction towards supposed safety.
Except they are unknowingly being steered towards a deep, grassy area where a group of older lions are hiding. The older lions are too old and tired to be part of the chase; many are missing teeth, and would never be able to catch their own meat.
But when the gazelles are driven within close range, the old lions jump up and ROAR loudly. The startled gazelles, responding immediately to a new threat of imminent death, turn and run in the opposite direction. Right back into the mouths of the young lions.
The moral here is a common one, that running away from your fears and not facing them can lead to real danger and a worse outcome. We often find running away to be the easier choice, which can lead to a life of discontent and resentment.
I’ve recently had to face a leadership challenge as I’ve let an important relationship exist in a state of discontentment. I recently started to address that and in doing so, know it will lead to a better outcome in the future.
“acknowledging and facing your fear may actually mean a better chance of survival. It is nearly *always* an opportunity to grow, learn, and improve your confidence and success. You increase your tolerance of risk and your ability to move through your fears better the next time.” —Gail Sussman Miller
🍺 to a great week ahead!