Friday, November 8, 2019

Think like an Ant

When was the last time that you thought about ants? Ants? Yes, ants. Remember, those tiny crawling creatures in your garden or elsewhere who always has spare time to invade your picnic spot in hordes? If you observe them closely, they are always doing something like carrying something on their backs, building an anthill, or fighting over food, and so on.

While most people may dismiss ants as some irritating creatures that need to be tolerated they can also teach you a valuable life lesson. Now you may ask how an insignificant creature like an ant can teach you something. The answer is simple.
We normally tend to look at big people and big things for lessons on how to get better, improve, and learn their secrets of success. But sometimes the biggest lessons in life can come from the smallest things around us. And that lesson ants can teach you is survival because they are great survivors.
Do you know how? This is because they have a four part process to their success as discovered by Jim Rohn, a motivational guru, who called it the Ant Philosophy. Here are the four lessons that he observed from ants.
Lesson-1: Ants never quit. And they don’t know how to quit. If you observe ants heading somewhere and try to stop them they will immediately look for another way. They will climb over, or they will climb under, or they will climb around. They won’t stop and will keep looking for another way. They never give up.
No matter how many times you destroy their ant hill, they will build it again. No matter how many times you kick them from your food, they will come back. Basically, the lesson here is to never quit and keep looking for a new way to get where you are supposed to go.
Lesson-2: Ants think winter all summer. They know summer will not last forever. So, they gather their winter food in the middle of summer. Basically, they are storing as much food as possible to tide over the winter time. The lesson here is to think ahead knowing that the current good times won’t last forever.
Lesson-3: Ants think summer all winter. During the winter, ants remind themselves, “This won’t last long; we’ll soon be out of here.” Basically, during the winter they stay positive and patiently wait for the miserable times to get over. And immediately on the first warm day the ants are out in the thousands joyfully celebrating the end of the cold misery.
Lesson-4: Gather all you possibly can. How much do ants gather during the summer to prepare for the winter? All they can possibly collect. Ants don’t have limits or this is enough kind of thinking. They don’t gather a certain amount and then take a vacation. If an ant can gather more they will collect it even if they have to work two extra hours to gather it.
Summary - The Ant Philosophy can be applied to your everyday life. If you never give up, always look ahead, stay positive, and do all that you can do, then you will succeed at life. Average people think of getting off from work, while successful people constantly look forward to getting on with it.
Once you make the jump from wanting to quit to wanting to continue you can transform your life and do something wonderful every day. So, always remember to make hay while the sun shines. Good times never last long enough. And bad times also will not be forever.
Finally, we can end this article with a quote by Robert Schuller - Most people who succeed in the face of seemingly impossible conditions are people who simply don’t know how to quit.

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