When is the last time you have sharpened your axe? It has come to my attention today after reading a story about a woodcutter that sometimes in life you need to take a time out to reflect on your life. We tend to get caught up in life and let days go by and by, forgetting that some parts of our life are lacking attention which is a common mistake as humans we make. The story of the woodcutter is as followed:
“Once upon a time, a very strong woodcutter asked for a job in a timber merchant and he got it. The pay was really good and so was the work condition. For those reasons, the woodcutter was determined to do his best.
His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he supposed to work.
The first day, the woodcutter brought 18 trees.
“Congratulations,” the boss said. “Go on that way!”
Very motivated by the boss words, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he could only bring 15 trees. The third day he tried even harder, but he could only bring 10 trees. Day after day he was bringing less and less trees.
“I must be losing my strength”, the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on.
“When was the last time you sharpened your axe?” the boss asked.
“Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees…””
From this story it has made me realise that I should also make time to take a moment to just sharpen my axe. A perfect example I use to reflect regularly is by using The Compound Effect: Life Assessment, by taking time out and doing this life assessment it gives me a reflection of the areas that I neglect and work on. Take a moment to complete this life assessment and let me know your results!
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