My father is now fascinated with squirrels. When I was at his home today, I sat and watched as he threw them peanuts and talked with them as if they are his pets. He used to have one as a pet, really! My father: The squirrel whisperer. But, that’s a story for another time. This is about watching the squirrels and looking at their behavior. It’s about sharing how to be a Squirrel in your life. Are you like a squirrel? Do you stay deliberate in the task that at hand? Do you stay on purpose?
Squirrels move, they stop, they stare, they listen, they are canny, they are deliberate in their being. Even when they seemingly run with no rhyme or reason the Squirrel stays focused on the task at hand. They stay on purpose.
The squirrel’s goal is to get a peanut and take it back to their nest. Simple. Survival. It’s amazing. They would come right up to the door and wait for their food. The food comes, they assess if it’s safe, and then, they go get it. They make certain nothing is in their way, they run they shift direction if need be, they continue to run and they find and climb a tree. They jump effortlessly from branch to branch SOMETIMES almost falling but never quite. All the while, they are stopping and assessing as need be. They stay on purpose and they stay focused.
This is a lot like successful people. They stay on purpose and they stay focused. They know what they want. They have their purpose and hold it in their vision. They’ve identified what they are good at and they go do it. They begin a project,set a path forward. They grab onto a nut and move quickly forward. Much like the squirrel taking an acorn to it’s next.
No doubt, you want to be like a squirrel. Right? You want success. To do that, you need to identify your purpose, create a goal and define the project. They assess the situation, stay focused, re-assess as need be, and even switch directions as necessary. When you work in alignment with your purpose and goals, they can ALWAYS carry the proverbial nut back to the tree.
I don’t like squirrels much. They are rodents. And, seemingly, run around a yard with no objective in mind. This day, however, I learned to respect them and take their lesson into my work. I reviewed my purpose, created my goal for the day and defined the project. I was then able to stay focused on the task at hand and stay on purpose.
What do you do in your life to stay on purpose and focused? Can you learn from the squirrel?