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The Lion And The Gazelle

“Every morning a gazelle in the African plains awakens to the reality that it MUST outrun the fastest lion that day if it wants to stay alive…

Every morning a lion on the same African plains awakens to the reality that it MUST run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.

It makes no difference whether you are a gazelle or a lion: when the sun comes up you had better be running!”


This has always been one of my favorite quotes. I keep it in a binder along with my daily affirmations, goals, and other quotes that I’ll read as I prepare for my day.

I love this quote so much because it’s the cold hard truth.  In a society today where even the losing team in Little League baseball gets ice cream and “so called experts” tell us we shouldn’t teach our kids to keep score, the reality is this sends exactly the wrong message.

In the real world, winners win and losers lose. The difference  in the animal kingdom often means life or death. Like it or not it’s the way she works. Now survival isn’t at stake for humans in most of our daily endeavors but the principals remain true just the same.

We can sit around and blame other people or things when we come out on the losing end of anything (which renders us completely powerless) or take action and look to improve our situation.

Here’s the way I see it…

You’re either  getting better or getting worse, there is no such thing as staying the same…

Resting on your laurels never produced anything. In order to get better at something you have to work at it…

Whether you choose to accept it or not, there are no passes or exemptions on the universal laws of life…

“And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it’s best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.”
- Andrew Carnegie

Shane Doll is a certified Charleston personal trainer, fat loss expert, speaker, and founder of Shaping Concepts. If you’re looking for a Charleston fitness center sign up for a FREE no-obligations trial and experience the Shaping Concepts difference for yourself today.

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