Lessons From Goats To Achieve Success

by Patrick Liew on February 22, 2015

On Thursday, 19 February 2015, the Chinese and some other Asians celebrated the start of the Lunar New Year.

According to the Chinese zodiac, this is the year of the goat.

While I don’t subscribe to this belief system and there are many negative qualities of goats, I believe there are many lessons you can learn from this beautiful animal. Lessons that can help you live well and be successful.

Lesson 1. Leading the field.

There is a wise but strange counsel that was offered to the Babylonians, “Flee out of Babylon; leave the land of the Babylonians, and be like the goats that lead the flock (Jeremiah 50:8 NIV).

The metaphor used about goats in this verse is that of leadership.

It is used in this context because goats by nature have a mind of their  own. They are known to wander off on their own and in their desired direction.

When they are with sheep, they are known to take charge. They can be trained to lead them.

As we look at the challenges in the 21st century, we need to have more leaders. We need them to help us respond to these challenges and create a better world.

Leadership is an important key to making transformational changes. It
is the ability to develop better individuals, groups, organizations, and environments.

In fact, all effective organizations depend on effective leadership and teamwork.

While leadership is a quality that can and should be learned, sadly many have not focused on developing it. Few have gone out of the way to enhance their ability to influence lives for the better.

If you learned to be a better leader, you’ll live a better life.

Beginning from the goat year, start  learning how to lead the way to a brighter future.

2.  Leading in front while earning the privilege of follower-ship.

The Bible says that “There are three things that are stately in their stride,
four that move with stately bearing: a lion, mighty among beasts, who retreats before nothing; a strutting rooster, a he-goat, and a king secure against revolt (Proverbs 30:29-31 NIV).

The image painted of goats in this passage is of a leader that stands out from the crowd and commands respect.

It’s symbolic of effective leaders who do not rely on position or power to lead the people. They continue to earn the rights to lead and the privilege of follower-ship.

Leaders put all their passion into what they do and take pride in doing a good job. Their ability to lead others comes from strength of the 5Cs.

The 5Cs are character, commitment,  capacity, competence, and compassion for the people around them.

They make brave decisions, if necessary, to break existing moulds and make-up. They are willing to take unbeaten tracks to improve organisational mission, model, and mode of operation.

Leaders ring fence themselves and their team against dangers, risks and liabilities. They also have the resilience to bounce back from failures.

In addition, they develop the grit to persevere throughout the journey until they reach the predetermined destination.

3. Keeping an eye on the future while pressing on in the present.

Legend has it that goats have slit eyes so that they can see around obstacle and obstruction to find better pasture.

In the same way, leaders are not easily held back. They will find a way to go through or around anything that stands in the way to success.

They are known to climb the steepest mountains and even almost vertical walls. Few obstacles can hold them back even if it’s an uphill climb to their goal.

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If goats are not finding ways to advance forward, they are standing on their hind legs to graze on tender leaves that are not within easy reach. They are not easily contented and will stretch themselves to achieve progress.

Leaders and successful people share similar qualities. They keep an eye on the future while finding better ways to move forward.

4. Leading while putting others before yourself. Using their talents while being of good use to them.

Goats are some of the most valuable and useful animals. Their flesh can be served as food.

In addition, goats’ milk can a nourishing drink and can be made into cheese and butter. Their fleece can be woven and made into warm clothing, tents, bags, writing brushes, and even as containers for different liquid.

In the same way, you should focus more on being a contributor than a consumer. Learn to value-add to whatever you set out to do.

Be a plus factor to the people and environment around you.

Throughout your life, position yourself as a problem solver and a solution provider. Build a strong personal brand for value-adding to others.

Aim to exceed other people’s expectation of you. Deliver more values and run many more extra miles for them.

Establish a track record for helping others to succeed in life. As a result, you will always be a respected and a desired member of any enterprise, community, and society.

When you are able to provide massive amount of value-addition, you will attract greater opportunity and success. It will help you to achieve quality and sustainable results.

5. Leading with what you have while breaking current mould and pattern.

Goats are by nature intelligent and curious. They are adventurous and inclined to taking initiatives and exploring new territories.

For example, any confined space that can detain other animals such as cattle, deer, and sheep may not be able to hold back a goat. It will persevere to escape from it.

Over time, it can also learn how to open gates. They can also create or squeeze through small gaps to free themselves.

In Morocco, goats have learned to climb trees up to a height of 30 feet in search of food. They are so skillful that they can climb from one flimsy-looking, narrow and steep trunk or  branch even though they are hoofed animals.

Check out the following video and see for yourself these amazing goats in action.

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Effective leaders develops a disruptive mindset and a healthy dissatisfaction with the current situation. They are not concern about being like the rest and that’s why they can come across as being more unreasonable than reasonable. Abnormal than normal.

They are not confined by borders and boundaries and neither are they restricted by out-of-bounds markers.

The word impossible is not a part of their accepted lexicon.

They are restless souls, always desiring to know the unknown and discovering the undiscovered so as to expand their worldview. They are constantly thinking about how to interrupt current patterns and break away from the crowd so as to pursue a higher achievement.

While others are thinking about what’s next, they are deliberating about what’s coming after ‘what’s next.’ They are looking ahead of the curve and around the bend to invest in the future and be future-ready.

They will not hesitate to turn long and hard corners. They go beyond the horizon to chart new path and destination.

The world needs such leaders to create radical breakthroughs. Breakthroughs that are not only beneficial, they will influence others and change the way they think, speak, act, work, and even the way they live.

These breakthroughs will also create a cascade of positive outcomes and make a major impact on the landscape of life.

6. Leading by loving others while loving yourself.

Many may not know that goats are more loving than what they portray themselves to be. They have a nurturing quality and will look after each other in a gentle way.

As we celebrate the year of the goat, let’s remember we are created with the gift of love.

We are designed to be loving, compassionate and kind. It is already wired within each and every one of us.

It’s about time we reignite the full power and measure of love and fulfill our Creator’s calling for us.

Go4It!

I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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Living For A Higher Calling.

by Patrick Liew on February 22, 2015

The greatest poverty is a poverty of meaningful dreams. A dearth of vision to make the world a better home.

The worst failure happens when you do not work with our Creator and leave the world in a better state than when you first came to it.

To live for a higher calling, there is a need to constantly examine the values in life. Evaluate them to see if they are platforms or pitfalls to achieve success.

1. Are you a master or slave of material wealth?

Throughout life, many have become overly focused on materialistic pursuits. They are more interested in what they have than what they gave, the quantity of possession rather than the quality of  contribution.

Material possessions are good slaves but bad masters. If you allow your pursuit and desire for possessions to exceed your desire to use and leverage on them to do good, they will control and enslave  you.

Please stay away from the slippery road to spiritual and emotional bondage. It can only lead to destruction.

2. Is your career a platform for or a pitfall of success?

On the journey of life, other than sleeping, you will spend more time developing your career than on any other preoccupation.

It is sad that for many, instead of treating their career as a calling, they see it as just a way to earn an income or to climb a ladder in search of promotion and personal achievement.

Many go to work and never seek to love their job and excel in it. They choose to drift through time.

While their body may be at the workplace, their mind can be somewhere else. They dream of greener pastures and look out for a better employer.

All these while, they did not realize that the best workplace is what they made out of it. Slowly but surely, they  are draining their energy, wasting their life.

They fail to see the meaning, purpose and significance of their career. They fail to realise how much good they can achieve for their close ones, colleagues, customers, community, and country.

3. Do you love people and use things or love things and use people?

As you journey through life, the people you can always count on are your loved ones and friends. They are the ones that will stick with you through the ups and downs of life.

In your darkest hour, they are there for you. They will struggle with and help you overcome challenges and make something good out of your life.

Sadly, you pursue many of your dreams but you fail to help them pursue their dreams.

At the end of your life, one of the greatest regrets that you will have is that you did not give them more of your love. You did not repay them with more love, kindness, and care and concern.

4. Is your soul reaching out or numb to the beauty of life?

From the beginning to the end of your journey, one of the most important parts of your being is your soul.

As Teilhard de Chardin, French Geologist, Priest, Philosopher and Mystic, once wisely said, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

You can have everything in the world but if you lose your soul, you will lose everything.

If you value your soul and allow our Creator to direct it, you can enjoy an overflowing abundance of life. You can live for a higher calling and serve a worthier cause.

In doing so, you can achieve greatness and make something great out of everything within and outside of you.

As you journey through life, you need to constantly examine and re-examine your values. Adopt the right values at different phases in life.

Each of the values has a proper place and you should prioritise and use them accordingly.

As you make sense of the melody and lyrics that our Creator has put in your heart, I pray that you will create the most beautiful symphony for the people around you. In doing so, may you enjoy its poetic rhythm and dance with life.

May you become a masterpiece, one that will exemplify the best of life and one that will inspire others to greatness.

I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Please ‘Like’ me on https://www.facebook.com/patrickliewsg

Visit my Inspiration blog at https://liewinspiration.wordpress.com/

For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at http://hsrpatrickliew.wordpress.com/

Please visit my website, http://www.patrickliew.net

Please read my reflection and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!

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