Monday Motivation - The Tale of Two Tadpoles


Good Morning! It is Monday. I hope you had a GREAT weekend and that you were able to spend some time relaxing and recharging so that you are ready for the week ahead. Lean into this week, be fully present and know that as you continue to move down your path you are growing, you are learning, you are on a path to realize your potential. Continue to focus on becoming the “best version of yourself”.

This quote is about pursuing the life you desire. It is about realizing that the day to day moments of your life and the experiences you encounter create the “YOU” of tomorrow.

“It is not enough to take steps which may someday lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.” – Goethe

Do you ever take time thinking about choices or decisions you made that impacted your future? Do you ever reflect upon experiences you encountered that possibly, in the moment, did not seem important; but in retrospect were key to a future outcome?

The following story about two tadpoles provides insight for you about how important your attitude, determination and resilience are for creating your future:

Two tadpoles, Ted and Todd, hatched from the same batch of eggs.

They swam around excitedly, wiggling their little tails with great enthusiasm.

They swam up to their mom and exclaimed, “Look what we can do, look what we can do!”

The mother frog looked at the two tadpoles with great pride and called them closer. She then explained the process of metamorphosis and how they will eventually lose their tail and grow legs.

This news impacted the tadpoles differently.

Ted was excited about the future and continued to swim with energy and enthusiasm, occasionally looking back to see when his legs would start forming.

Todd, however, thought to himself, “What’s the point of exercising my tail? It’s only going to drop off eventually anyway.”

As a result, Ted kept strengthening his tail and increasing his stamina, but Todd’s tail got weaker and his energy levels dropped.

The mother frog took Todd to one side and suggested that he start using his tail more.

“But what’s the point? It’s only going to drop off anyway,” Todd replied.

After a little while, the two tadpoles’ tails dropped off and their legs grew.

Ted was excited and hopped around with energy and enthusiasm.

The consistent and energetic use of his tail had equipped him for this development.

Todd was less enthused. He was sort of glad that he now had legs, but he just didn’t have the energy to use them. He didn’t know why, he just couldn’t be bothered.

Lessons from the story:

  • There are times in life when you are being prepared for the future, but it’s not always in the ways you expect. When you are learning calculus or ancient history in high school, you aren’t learning it because you may directly use it, but because the skills of learning will be valuable in the future.

  • When you start work, you may do more menial or low-level tasks, not because it’s the best use of your skills or because it’s what you learned to do in your previous studies, but because you will develop the necessary work ethic and level of initiative for later in your career.

So, the next time you think to yourself, “What’s the point? I’m never going to use this in the future,” remember the lesson of the two tadpoles.

Remember that the habits you form today will make a significant difference to your levels of success in the future.

Have a GREAT day. Have a GREAT week.

Take Care.

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