A man was driving his small sports car through a rural area when he went off the road and into a ditch.
He went looking for someone to pull him out, and before long he came upon a farmer who was tending to his horse, which was named Buddy.
“Could your horse pull my car from the ditch? It’s pretty small.” the man asked.
The farmer agreed, and brought Buddy to the car, where he hooked him up so he could pull it from the ditch.
“Pull, Trixie, pull!” the farmer told the horse, who didn’t budge.
The farmer asked again: “Pull, Casey, pull.” And again, the horse didn’t move a muscle.
This time the farmer said, “Pull, Buddy, pull!” and the horse sprang to action, easily pulling the car from the ditch.
The grateful stranger asked the farmer why he had called the horse by three different names.
“Buddy is blind,” answered the farmer. “I had to make him think he had help, or else he would not have pulled.”
Are you like Buddy? Have you ever waited to tackle a project, task, or challenge until you had other people’s support or help… BEFORE you even gave it a try yourself?
Buddy was perfectly capable of pulling the car from the ditch all by himself, but for some reason he didn’t think he could do it.
The takeaway: Next time you’re tempted to wait for support, approval, or even someone’s help (unless you absolutely need it), try anyway! You are capable of so much more than you know.
What would YOU do if you knew you could not fail?