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Is Your Ax Sharp?

There is the story of two men working in the timber industry deciding to have a race to cut down a tree.  One is a bit younger and believes he is superior to his elder.  They begin and the young guy goes to chopping.  The older guy begins to sharpen his ax.  When his ax is sharp enough to suit him, he begins to cut and quickly overtakes his competitor and defeats him.  The young man is stunned.  The older guy made sure that his tools were in shape to do the job.  He sharpened them first.

I’ve heard that story for years and I believe that Stephen Covey has a version of it in his 7 Habits book.  The point is that we must take care of ourselves if we are going to be of any use to anyone around us.

I wonder how often we really do that?  Do we really do the things that need to be done so that we will be able to what needs to be done?  And yes, I know that sounds strange.

Do we sharpen our spiritual lives with what will make them razor-sharp?  Do we fill up on God’s word and prayer?

Do we seat and push our bodies in our 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s so that we can play with our children and grandchildren?

Do we plan so that our finances will benefit our families and the world?

Are we connecting socially in ways that will grow us and them?

Are we stimulating ourselves intellectually so that we grow broader and deeper?

Are we advancing in our careers in ways that will make us more valuable to our employers?

These are just some examples of how we can sharpen our saws and some of the effects it can have.  What’s holding us back?

Ourselves.  Our desire.  We are only limited by the effort we are willing to pour into ourselves.  Each of these will benefit ourselves and others.  That’s the beauty of sharpening the saw.

Is your ax sharp?

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  1. September 19, 2013 at 7:13 am

    On some my axe was sharp. On other worn to the bone.

    • September 19, 2013 at 10:48 am

      I think we are all in that shape. I doubt if our ax is sharp everywhere.

  2. September 19, 2013 at 10:44 am

    In some ways yes–in some ways, no. Especially on the financial side–but I continue to work on it as much as I can with 5 kids who like to eat.

    • September 19, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Just wait until your boys are teens. One about breaks me on what he eats.

  3. September 19, 2013 at 11:58 am

    In some ways, yes; in others, no. Working on it. Finances are tough with one income. But that’s life, right? We sacrifice in one area, i.e., money, so my wife can be home for the kids when they need her, need the stability.

  4. September 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    In two words….objectives and criteria. Do have have objectives we seek to accomplish and then to we have a criteria in which to evaluate those objectives.

    keep up the good work Larry.

  1. September 20, 2013 at 10:39 pm

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