Yes, that is correct. You read it right. We all need reminders at times, and that is exactly what I got last weekend when I was dog sitting for my friends, the Kamps. I was helping them out while they were out of town by watching their Corgi, Oli (Oliver). He reminded me of an important lesson about my own dream, hope it reminds you too.
If you have a dog or know someone who does, you probably know what a kong is. If you are not familiar, it is an ultra-durable, hollow, chew toy, usually red, that has an erratic bounce. Many dog owners put a dog treat inside it, and it keeps the dog busy trying to get at the treat. Oli will roll it, drop it, and even toss it to get the treat to pop out. Here’s the thing, despite not having opposable thumbs he will not let up until he gets the treat.
Oli is very affectionate, loves attention and is easily distracted. Any noise in the house or even on TV gets him to turn and look. Corgis also tend to quickly wolf down their food, so he needs a special dog dish that only allows him to eat a little bit at a time so he does not choke. He loves his food and treats as most dogs do.
The bigger question is, do you? What are your dreams, tasks or treats? Are you so committed you will get it no matter what? Although Oli is normally easily distracted, once he could smell the treat in the kong, I could not distract him at all. I could snap my fingers, make a loud noise or even call his name; and he stayed completely focused. He would not be distracted. Are you?
Me? Guilty. Squirrel. Seeing Oli focused and on a mission reminded me of what I needed to change. I have a desk full of post-it notes and lists of lists, but not a daily list. Oli’s actions reminded me of something I heard my friend, Ed Tate say. He said, “If it isn’t on my list, I don’t do it, period.” The idea made sense, but it has been a long time since I actually operated that way. I’d have an idea of what I needed to focus on each day, but I rarely stuck to the plan. You?
Oli’s inspiration got me to start making a daily list again and sticking to it. It even reminded me to knock off some of my critical tasks before I even open my email, or strategically important things will not be done. I love crossing things off my list with a big black Sharpie. Sometimes crossing things off becomes more important than crossing the right things off first. Can you relate?
I could make this article longer, but I think you get the point. Get clear on what is important to you and the order of importance. Maybe God put your treat inside a kong to see how serious you were about getting it. Once you focus like Oli, don’t allow distractions to get in the way of what’s most important. Another reminder from Oli, if you can’t get what you want by rolling it or dropping it, maybe try tossing it. Find a way. It’s your treat. Focus. Thank you, Oli.
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