What are you chasing after; Elephant or birds?

There is this African proverb that I like so much. It goes like, “a hunter in pursuit of an elephant does not stop to throw stones at birds“. The simple explanation I can give to this particular proverb is that, when you have bigger goals to achieve in life, you do not allow trivial things to distract you. The average weight of an adult African elephant is about 12,000 – 14,000 lbs. The average height is about 9 – 11 ft. If you want to compare a bird to an elephant, it would best be described as a microcosm in a macrocosm.


What do you want to achieve in life? What preparations are you making towards what you want to achieve? My message for you is very simple, Don’t lose hope. You can make it if you don’t lose hope. Definitely, there are going to be obstacles. However great or small the obstacles may be, you can overcome them. Where determination exists, failure cannot dismantle the flag of success. What you need is a can-do-spirit, perseverance, determination and a will power.


See your goal as an elephant; and see your obstacles as a bird. Your goal is bigger than your obstacles. An obstacle is a thing that blocks one’s way or prevents or hinders progress. An obstacle (also called a barrier or a stumbling block) is an object, thing, action or situation that causes an obstruction. What has become your barrier? Your friends, family, fans and foes can become a barrier to your success. You can also become a barrier, an obstacle or a stumbling block to your success. If there is anything you think has become an obstacle for you, change it. I know it is sometimes difficult to change certain things you have become so much attached to, but unless you take them away from your life, you will never know what is in store for you.


Your future is great and bright! Do not be content with where you are. You were born an eagle, make sure you don’t die a chicken. Stop flirting with the chicken. You can soar higher! You are more blessed than you think you are. Stop being a mediocre. You can also be excellent. With God on your side, you are more than a conqueror!


Create your own path, so that others can also walk on it. Compose your song, so that others can also sing and dance to it. Sometimes, it pays to be original. You were born original, make sure you don’t die a photocopy! You are destined for greatness! You were born for a purpose, and until you discover that purpose, you will continue to live a purposeless life!




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