My coaching clients are frequently trying to make big decisions in their careers and lives. What I’ve learned working with the most successful of them is that you can’t thinkyour way to some things, you have to experimentyour way. This…
I was reminded of the power of the human mind to see what it wants rather than what is actually there while hiking in Smoky Mountain National Park in North Carolina last month. We were camping on a remote island in the middle of the park and our guide had warned us that at night everything sounds larger. A squirrel would sound like a deer, a deer like a bear, and so on. I remembered this when I was woken in the middle of the night and wondered just how large the approaching squirrel could be.
Then outside my net window I saw a ram standing in the moonlight right next to my tent. He was white and wooly with large horns. I thought it was rather enterprising of a sheep to have swum across to an island but wasn’t fazed and fell back asleep. Next morning the guide explained that was no sheep, but rather a wild boar, and I must have mistaken the tusks for ram horns. Plenty of tracks and evidence of digging proved his point. Because I wasn’t expecting a wild boar, my mind approximated something more familiar. A good reminder that we see what we want, regardless of reality and that wild boars are harmless unless cornered.
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