How Big Is Your Frying Pan?
By Steve Goodier
Are you setting your sights too low?
I heard of a woman who fished all morning and never caught anything. But a man
in the next boat was reeling in a fish every time she glanced over. Then, to
make matters worse, he kept the small ones and threw the large ones back into
She couldn't stand it any longer. She called over to him, "How come you're
throwing the big ones back?"
He answered by holding up a little frying pan.
We may think that is silly but, in our minds, don't we all hold up frying pans?
Every time we throw away a big idea, a magnificent dream or an exciting
possibility, are we measuring it against a small frying pan?
We talk about making more money or becoming more successful, but I believe that
this concept works in other, and sometimes more important areas, as well. We
can love more than we ever dreamed possible! We can be happier and live more
fully than we ever thought we could! What we can do or become is limited more by
the size of the frying pan in our minds than by actual circumstances.
Author Brian Tracy reminds us that "you are not what you think you are, but what
you think, you are." Think big. Dream big. Pray big... and look for big results.
It all begins with changing the size of your thinking.
What would happen if you threw away the frying pan you have been using to
measure the size of your dreams, and replaced it with a larger one? What would
happen if you decided that it may really be possible to have a better
relationship with the one you love, or that you actually can be happier and
more fulfilled than you are now? What would happen if you decided never to
settle for anything less than what you truly want? What if, from now on, you
threw the little fish back and kept the big ones?
And what if you decided to begin today?
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