What you could do if you didn’t know you couldn’t – I love this concept! Zig Ziglar uses this concept in one of the chapters of his book “Life Lifters”.
I was in Resistencia, Argentina years ago watching a fisherman catch a sea bream. Freshwater sea bream are so big – up to 4 or 5 feet – that sea fishing gear is required. The fisherman cast his line, and soon he had a big sea bream on the line. It took 20 minutes to bring the fish back, but he finally brought it ashore. I thought Dorado would be on the asado (grill) tonight! But no, he threw it in the water.
He went fishing. This time he caught a bigger sea bream. It took him 25 minutes to get it back. I thought Dorado was going to be on the asado tonight. But like last time, he threw the fish in the water. I was stunned.
He went fishing. This time he caught a very small sea bream. To my surprise, he kept it. The next time he caught the biggest sea bream of all. It was about 5 feet long and it took him 30 minutes to bring it back. He brought it ashore, then threw it back into the river.
Eventually I asked him in my best Spanish why he kept the small fish and discarded the big one. His response, “I only have a 10 inch frying pan.” I got you.
Unfortunately, many people think that way. They limit what they can do because they don’t know they can do it. The fisherman’s mindset was too small – he could have cut the first big fish into small pieces and cooked it little by little. It takes a new, more meaningful way of perceiving life to create a more successful life.
We humans, created in the image of God, are designed to catch big fish. But it’s hard to fit a 16 by 20 inch idea into a 3 by 5 inch mindset. Humans were created to have a 5ft frying pan designed to hold big fish, but many settle for less. It’s not a question of capacity; it is a question of competence in our perspectives. What we focus on is what we become. This part of God in us comes as a seed, but we need to water it.
So how do you do what you don’t know you can do?
Have the courage to be different; Jesus was. Stand out by becoming exceptional. Learn to handle criticism or criticism will handle you. Let it develop you, not discourage you. Determine your value instead of letting others do it for you. They will cheat you almost every time. Be an actor in life, not just a spectator. Then, when you go the extra mile, you’re rarely in a traffic jam. You can do anything God wants you to do through Christ who strengthens you. Now that’s a big frying pan.
I believe in large frying pans. Here is a writing by an unknown author entitled “I believe”. I guess we could use a little “I believe” right now.
“A birth certificate proves that we were born. A death certificate proves that we are dead. The middle photos show that we lived.
“Just because two people argue doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. And just because they don’t argue doesn’t mean they love each other. I think we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change. I believe that no matter how good a friend is, they will hurt you from time to time. Forgive them for that.
“I believe you can do something in an instant that will hurt your heart for life. I believe it takes me a long time to become the person I want to be. I believe you should always leave your loved ones with words of love. This may be the last time you see them. I believe you can go on long after you think you can’t.
“I believe we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel. I believe you control your attitude or it will control you. I believe that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down will be the ones to help you up. I believe that sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.
“I believe that it is not always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself. I believe that no matter how broken your heart is, the world doesn’t stop for your grief. I believe that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are primarily responsible for who we become.
“I believe that two people can look at the same thing and see something different. I believe that in a few hours, your life can be changed positively or negatively by people who don’t even know you. I believe the credentials on the wall don’t make you a decent human being.
“I believe that the people we care about most in life are often taken away from us too soon. I believe that the happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they make the most of everything they have.
Here is a thought from me. I believe there is a thought in this list for each of us that we do not understand, and it could cost us dearly. Ah!