This story came from an e-mail I received several years ago. Would you have seen the same possibilities?
- The sultan of Persia had sentenced two men to death. One of them, knowing how much the sultan loved his stallion, offered to teach the horse to fly within a year in return for his life. The sultan, fancying himself as the rider of the only flying horse in the world, agreed.
- The other prisoner looked at his friend in disbelief. ‘You know horses don’t fly. What made you come up with a crazy idea like that? You’re only postponing the inevitable.’
- ‘Not so,’ said the first prisoner. ‘I have actually given myself four chances for freedom. First, the sultan might die during the year. Second, I might die. Third, the horse might die. And fourth, I might teach the horse to fly.’
- Source: The Craft of Power, R.G.H. Siu, 1979.
Rather than giving in to victim mentality, with one creative suggestion, this guy creates four possible outcomes for his future rather than just acquiescing to his immediate death. When you are faced with uncertain circumstances, do you “see” all the possibilities or do you just look at the easiest? As you learn to “see” things in new ways you’ll notice you can purposely stretch your thinking to recognize possibilities you have not noticed in the past.