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I know you guys were missing a motivational story here, right? It’s impressive, I received hundreds of messages suggesting more motivational stories where I add an extra tip related to our goals. I like to vary our content here so you guys don’t feel bored and more than that, that you’re able to learn and improve your English. Today’s story is really special and my mom taught me that lesson when I was a kid. It’s a very famous story, some of you might have already heard it before and even if you have, I guess it’s important to pay attention to it again and think about what you have been doing to your life, your goals, your dreams, your projects, your plans…
So, pay attention to this story and after that, I’ll give you an exercise alright?
A philosophy teacher walked into a classroom and put a glass jar on the table. He calmly and silently placed 2-inch rocks in the jar until no more could fit. He asked the class if the jar was full and all of them agreed it was. He said: “Are you sure?” and pulled out a bunch of small pebbles, adding them to the jar, shaking it slightly until they filled the spaces between the rocks and he asked them again, “Is the jar full now?” And they all agreed it was. After that, he added a scoop of sand to the jar, filling the space between the pebbles and then, he asked the question again. This time, the class was divided, some of them were completely sure that the jar was obviously full, but others were afraid the teacher would be playing another trick on them.
So, he grabbed a pitcher of water and filled the jar to the brim, saying, “If this jar is your life, what does this experiment show you?” A bold student replied: “No matter how busy you think you are, you can always take on more tasks.” “That is one view,” he replied. Then he started making eye contact with everyone, “The rocks represent the BIG things in your life – what you will value at the end of your life – your family, your partner, your health, your hopes and dreams. The pebbles are the other things in your life that give a meaning to it, like your job, your house, your hobbies, your friendships. The sand and water represent the ‘small stuff’ that fills our time, like watching TV or running errands.”
And then again, he asked, “Can you imagine what would happen if I started with the sand or the pebbles? The rocks would never fit and that’s exactly what we have to do. We can’t start our day, our week…. Our year without a plan, without having in mind all the small things we gotta do to have our mission, our big and challenging goal and dream accomplished”
No matter how many times I hear this popular story, which is widely circulated and told in so many ways, I am reminded about what is important in my life and work: if I solve the big issues first, the small ones will fall into place, but the reverse is not the case.
During the past months, I’ve seen so many people focusing on their pebbles and forgetting about their rocks. They stay very busy, counting tactical accomplishments as successes. But at the end of the day, their work begs the question: “Despite all this activity, what does it mean?” I’ve also fallen prey to petty distractions, like sand, that creep into the extra spaces of my life and paralyze me from moving forward. Some sand helps to cement our boulders, but if we let too much fill our jars, we have no room for the BIG things.
Define which rocks you’re gonna put into your jar. Don’t let them out. I know it’s hard, especially when we already have a routine and the same old habits. But I want you guys to think very carefully and define how you guys want your jar, how you want to see it and change some bad habits to some high-performance ones. You’re the one in charge of your life, you’re the one capable of changing anything you want and listen up: no matter how old you are, if you are a man or woman, if you have kids or not, if you have money or not, your religion, where you live… You CAN ALWAYS CHANGE AND DO WHAT YOU WANT. It’s like I always say: “Where there’s will… There’s a way!” – I love this quote and it’s one of my favorites, by the way.
And guys… One last thought-provoking tip: Just because the BIG rocks are heavy, we shouldn’t turn our attention to pebbles and sand.
So, what I would like to ask you to do is: DRAW HOW YOUR JAR IS TODAY. How many big rocks do you have? What are you doing to keep them in the jar? Are they useful rocks or they’re just taking up space in your jar? How much sand is there in your jar?
After that, draw your jar how you would like it to be. More rocks? Less sand? What about the pebbles? Should you move any pebble? You don’t have to answer me anything. This is your homework for life. It’s just you and yourself. There’s no right or wrong. But do it. I’m pretty sure your future self will appreciate and thank you a lot.
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