The Eye of the Fish

Once in ancient India there was a tournament held to test marksmanship in archery.  A wooden fish was set up on a high pole and the eye of the fish was the target.  One-by-one many valiant princes came and tried their skill, but in vain.  Before each one shot his arrow, the teacher asked him what he saw, and invariably all replied that they saw a fish on a pole at a great height with head, eyes, etc., but Arjuna, as he took his aim, said, “I see the eye of the fish,” and he was the only one who succeeded in hitting the mark.

We need incredible focus to hit some of our goals.  Believe it or not, the focus is created in the planning stages.  Before you begin working toward your goal, make sure you are absolutely clear about what it is.  Here are some questions to help gain that clarity:

  • What exactly are we trying to accomplish?
  • What does success look like?
  • Will our current plan earn the result we are looking to achieve?
  • What happens if we miss the mark?
  • What is it going to cost us to reach this goal?
  • Is it worth it?

When faced with an incredible challenge, seeing just “the fish” won’t cut it.  Make sure you can see the “eye of the fish,” and be sure to remind your team about it throughout the implementation of your plan.

(Story Source – Paramananda)


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