In the book, The One Thing, authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan relate the old Cherokee story of the two wolves. As the elder tells the boy, everyone has two wolves inside. One is Fear: it is characterized by uncertainty, anxiety, worry and all of the things that limit and demobilize us. The other is Faith: it is characterized by courage, confidence, conviction and all the things that drive us forward in life.

Asked by the boy which one wins, the elder replies, “The one you feed”.

In life, we all start out with equal measures of capacity for mediocrity and for greatness. These capacities are, in turn, developed or squelched. We either spend time developing our Faith—through affirmations, goal-setting, positive thinking and ambition, or we spend time developing our Fear.

What we may not realize from day to day is that there is no neutral ground. We develop Fear not intentionally, but by default when we fail to develop Faith. When we step onto the presenter’s stage, if we’ve not fed our faith in ourselves, we’ve inadvertently and unwittingly fed the fear. If we do not intentionally practice and develop our thinking, ensuring that we have confidence, courage and conviction, then we’ll have what is the natural opposite of those traits.

To present at a high level, we have to be purposeful in how we apply our minds to the task. Top presenters will tell you they spend an inordinate amount of time on their thoughts, feeding the right wolf and starving the wrong.

Question: What do you do daily to feed the right wolf?





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2 responses to “The Story of Two Wolves”

  1. […] The Story of Two Wolves by Ethos 3: In the book, The One Thing, authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan relate the old Cherokee story of the two wolves. As the elder tells the boy, everyone has two wolves inside. One is Fear: it is characterized by uncertainty, anxiety, worry and all of the things that limit and demobilize us. The other is Faith: it is characterized by courage, confidence, conviction and all the things that drive us forward in life. […]

  2. david says:

    Great truth in this but too few of us fail in our understanding , by failing to apply this lesson to our daily lives

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