Have you ever seen the movie “How To Train Your Dragon?” I saw it with my daughter once. It’s a fun movie for the whole family, nothing too serious, but it does have one very important point I’d like to bring out.
For those who have not seen the movie, the story is from a Viking town Berk. The village is 12 days north of Hopeless, and a few degrees south of Freezing to Death. It’s located solidly on the Meridian of Misery. (Does that sound like your village or town some days?) Here you have a Viking town struggling to survive. They have to rebuild the whole village after every attack of the dragons. As hard as they try, with all their skills and desire, they do not manage to defeat them. They kill some, but the dragons just keep coming back, burning up the town. This has been going on for years. They have training camps, learning how to be better dragon slayers, they have raids, the whole town is together to win this battle. But no matter what they do, no matter how many dragons they kill and get rid of, the problem persists.
One little boy, Hiccup, the son of the village chief Stoick the Vast, is not like the rest of the Vikings. He just does not seem to fit in. No matter what he does, it always seems to make things worse. Through a series of events, he comes face to face with what is believed to be the fiercest of all dragons. To his great surprise finds out the dragons are not vicious after all. To make a long story short, because of looking at the problem in a completely different light, from a totally different and new perspective, the problem is solved. The Vikings learn to live in peace with the dragons and they all live happily ever after.
And what is my point?
Well, what is the dragon in your life? What is it that keeps bugging you that you just can’t seem to get the victory over? Do you have some persistent problem or difficulty that you just can’t find a solution to? Do you feel frustrated, like a failure? You don’t have to. Has the success you dream of been eluding you? Do you feel like you’ve already tried everything?
Maybe you have attended training camps to slay some dragons (seminars to help you find success, be a better manager or CEO, more understanding parent, etc.) and you keep fighting the same problems year in and year out. No matter what you do, the darn thing persists. It will not go away. But maybe there is a simple solution you haven’t seen yet. Maybe you have just haven’t been going about it the right way.
Why don’t you invite Hiccup to have a look at the situation, to look at it from a completely different angle, from a new perspective. Try having a new attitude, focusing on the positive, the possibilities. Maybe the solution is not something you have learned before. It could be something you have never thought of or even heard of. It could be something that sounds outrageous, or childish, or funny, or inconceivable. Many of the world’s famous inventors and entrepreneurs did things most people thought was impossible. Sometimes, often in fact, the whole world was against them. They looked for and were open to new ways, new solutions, new ideas, even crazy ones.
The movie said the Vikings had stubbornness issues. Do you? Don’t stubbornly hold on to things that don’t work. Are you looking for some change in life? Are you tired of same old, same old? Don’t be stuck in the old ways. Forget the old. Be bold, be daring, look for the new.
Albert Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Don’t let that be said of you!