To Break Bad Habits, Be The Lion

Photo by Tambako The Jaguar

Breaking bad habits and achieving personal goals can be tough,  with distraction being such a powerful enemy and attention being the currency of the web.

I’m reminded of the analogy Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein used in the book Insight Meditation: A Step-By-Step Course on How to Meditate when speaking about staying focused and centered in our lives.

They wrote how a plastic bone could easily distract a small barking dog. Hurl the bone in another direction and the dog instantly scrambles after the fake plastic bone.

Unfortunately, that dog describes many of us when trying to lose weight or rid ourselves of an addiction.


If a lion is focused on you, and you throw a plastic bone (or even a real top loin steak) in another direction, his stare will stay locked on you.  The lion cannot be easily distracted.

If it’s you he wants. It’s you he will have.

So remember the lion the next time you feel the temptation to change course or abandon a goal.

Never take your eyes off the prize.  Be the lion!


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