A Goose Story

By  Bess McCarty

goose“Why Be a Role Model for Your Team and Tell Stories”

I know a man who lives on a farm in Oregon.  He had a flock of 30 domestic geese who never learned to fly. Within the comfort of the farm, they just grew fat and happy.

One dark stormy night, he found a lone goose standing in the driveway. This lone goose would be easy prey for a hungry coyote. So he put it in the barn.

Next morning, he opened the farm barn doors for his geese flock to come out. They waddled out, lazy and overstuffed. Suddenly, a sleek, light goose rocketed into the air! The man realized he had saved, not one of his own geese, but a wild Canada goose.

All 30 of his flock watched, heads cocked, this amazing sight of a fellow goose soaring high into the wild blue yonder!

These geese had normally spent their time in the safety of the barnyard. But NOW they hiked up to the highest point of the pasture, where they ran down the slope, flapping their wings and squawking!

A few lifted off the ground. After only a glimpse of  what was possible, they persisted. In time,  many got stronger, and glided higher and farther! They flew whenever they could, to celebrate and enjoy their newfound freedom.

These geese always had the potential to fly. Yet, until they saw what was possible, they stayed on the ground!

This is the power of seeing some one among us soar. We remember who and what we are! Place the image of the soaring ones before your team constantly by telling lots of success stories. And soar in your own unique way too! Enjoy!

(Story found in the 2016 Eckankar Journal.)

Learn quickly how to tell a compelling story in my last post:

Bess McCarty

"As a coach, teacher, and healer, I help people solve problems. I uncover and address the missing core needs, thus eliminating the problems, such as fears and negative beliefs, so they can achieve in their careers, have satisfying relationships, and enjoy vibrant health.

There is nothing quite so sacred and beautiful as that moment of working with a person who has a personal and spiritual transformation, as a certain magic happens that is beyond us both."

  • Hi Bess,

    It is the first time that I heard this story from the 2016 Eckankar Journal. Thank you for sharing!

    Often new leaders on stage mentioned about how their own mentor had FIRST believed in themselves before they believed in themselves!

    I agree that soaring in our own way is the best way to help. What is better than sharing with team members one’s own journey to success AND the many many more success stories of leaders from all walks of life?

    Love your work, Bess!

    Viola Tam

  • Thank you for your always insightful thoughts, Viola. Soaring and sharing it, yes, what better way? I have a saying: “He who shares a success story is likely to have more. He who hears it is also likely to have their own.” And can share it. So the successes never end!

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