175. Lion or Mouse?

Every since I've started The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard, I've been overwhelmed. Seriously, the book has been so inspiring already that I haven't even gotten past the first page. I'm reading sentences over and over and reflecting on the content. 

The one line that has me stumped right now says:

There comes a time in the lives of those destined for greatness when we must stand before the mirror of meaning and ask: Why, having been endowed with the courageous heart of a lion, do we live as mice?
— Brendon Burchard, 'The Motivation Manifesto'

I have not been able to move on after that point. There's something in those words, in the visual representation that just won't let me move on. It's the image of a lion and a mouse. 

I don't even have to ask you which one of these animals you'd rather be. I'm sure most of us want to be bold as lions. Just think about a lion's characteristics:

  • Fearless

  • Confident

  • Relentless/Persistent

  • Hunter

  • Respected by other animals

  • Strong

  • Aggressive

  • Fierce

  • Leader

  • Royalty

I can go on and on about the lion. It's admired by both humans and animals alike because of its ferociousness, intimidation, and determined spirit. The lion is an animal that eats what it kills. That goes after what it wants every single day. An animal that is moved by intrinsic motivation. 

With all of those characteristics the lion possesses, some of us forget that we, too, are endowed with such courageousness. Deep within us lies the fearless, strong, fierce, royal leader that dominate our respective spaces.

But why do we forget? What is it that causes us to be like the mouse? Let's look at a mouse's characteristics:

  • Fearful

  • Timid

  • Prey

  • A pest

  • An experiment that one takes advantage of

  • A runner that flees from everything

  • Roadkill

  • A nibbler who feeds off the crumbs of others

Do you really want the crumbs of life? Do you really want to live timidly, constantly getting run over like the flattened rodent in the street? Do you really want to live in a world of fear, where people take advantage of you? 

No, you say? Well, this is what a lot of us act like. We act like we are not allowed to live a free and meaningful life. We are too scared to leave our small hole for fear we have to compete in the world. Guess what? We do have to compete. We have to hunt. We have to go after what we want. Otherwise, we'll forever be satisfied with the crumbs. And well, I'm just not satisfied. I choose to eat what I kill. Hunt lest I be hunted.

I can tell you right now that the way I can begin exercising my inner lion is by speaking up more. To not run away from conflict but address it head on. Keep writing, pitching stories, and refining my query letters to send to literary agents. Continue to put my work out into the atmosphere without shame. Believe in what I do and dominate my lane. 

How will you exercise your inner lion?