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“Picture a lion running wild. He stalks his prey, attacking and killing at will, and then goes in search of his next conquest. That’s what his lion instincts tell him to do, he doesn’t know anything else. He’s not misbehaving, he’s not bad, he’s being a lion. Now lock him up in a zoo. He lies there all day, quiet and lethargic and well fed. What happened to those powerful instincts? They’re still there, deep inside, waiting to be uncaged. Let him out of the zoo and he goes lion again, preying and attacking. Put him back in the cage, he lies down.

Most people are the lion in the cage. Safe, tame, predictable, waiting for something to happen. But for humans, the cage isn’t made of glass and steel bars; it’s made of bad advice and low self-esteem and bullshit rules and tortured thinking about what you can’t do or what you’re supposed to do. It’s molded around you by a lifetime of over-thinking and overanalyzing and worrying about what could go wrong. Stay in the cage long enough, you forget those basic instincts. 

But they’re there, right now, waiting for your to find the key to the cage so you can finally stop thinking about what you’ll do if you ever get out. All that killer instinct is just waiting to attack.

What’s stopping you?”

–Exert from Relentlesss, From Good to Great to Unstoppable, Tim S. Grover with Shari Lesser Wenk

So maybe it’s not REALLY the year of the lion, in the Chinese sense, but I’m hopeful that it’s the year of YOUR lion, the innate self that Tim Grover is referring to. It starts with knowing exactly who you are, and then making no excuses. Regardless of what your family, friends, and society tell you to do.

You have everything you need, you alone are enough, just tap in or remain tapped out. Either way, it’s your call.

Wishing you all the best in 2014! <3r