Feeding the Good Wolf

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.

A fight is going on inside me,

he said to the boy.

It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

He continued,

The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,

Which wolf will win?

The old Cherokee simply replied,

The one you feed.

Successful people nurture a positive mindset. That's what this metaphor relates to, and what I found out about at a Sandler sales training session run by experienced business coach and mentor Steve Buiskool recently. The same story re-appeared through speaker Andy Gwynn, at a local business growth show. He talked about our inner rottweiler and guide-dog: it being our choice, which one to listen to.

All this repetition reminded me that there must be something to all this canine mindset stuff.

Spring buds mean new beginnings. New beginnings mean branding refreshs.

And as it’s Spring, it’s a good time to exorcise these elderly demons, and invite in the fresh new buds of potential. Time to draw up my Good Wolf and Bad Wolf lists as they stand…