SOAR: Lessons from the Eagle (Part 1)
The eagle is huge with a heavy head and beak that he uses for beak for tearing flesh from their prey. It has strong muscular legs and powerful talons. The habitat of eagle varies, it ranges all over the world except New Zealand and Antarctica. The eagle feeds on carnivores, reptiles, small mammals, fish, and small birds. It has a life span of an eagle is almost about 35 years. I consider the eagle to highly inspirational for everyone due to its leadership characteristics.
Eagle appeared in the Old Testament 30 times and in the New Testament 4 times. It is a simile of strength for those who trust in the Lord… they shall sprout up wing like an eagle. Later on, kingdoms and Governments over the years continued to use the symbol of an eagle to demonstrate their strength and leadership. In the Roman Legion, the eagle was used to demonstrate the strength and focus of the legion. Each legion carries a symbol of the eagle when they go on an operation. Adolf Hitler used the symbol of an eagle to show his strength, as it is seen in his patrol cap. Since 1782, the Bald Eagle became the National bird of USA, and also, the eagle also is seen in the Nigerian coat of arm representing strength.
As we begin a new year, it is good to be filled with strength and enthusiasm for the task ahead of us in our various personal and professional lives. We have to take on the inspiration of the eagle and live in excellence. As leaders in various capacities, we have to look at the eagle for inspiration on how to lead better. Thus, I would like to use some lessons in the life of an eagle to motivate us into greatness.
Lesson One – Choose your company
Eagles don fly with just any bird, but they fly alone with other eagles – not with sparrows, pigeons and worst still fowls. Their flight is usually at a very high altitude. No other bird can dare to reach such a height. The eagle is the king of the sky.
You are an eagle. You have to stop flying with sparrows and pigeons. The sparrows are those friends that do not have the thinnest understanding of your dream. They just come around you because of some personal benefits and most often they do not really care. You know you cannot share your deep secrets with such a person. The pigeons are those friends who talk all the talking but have no action in them. They will tell you how to build Europe in your village but cannot even dress their bed. From such a friend, flee. Worst still in mingling with fowls. At that level of relationship, you have completely lost your self-identity and you are heading to doom. Do not mingle with such a person before whom you will be a mere shadow of yourself. Eagles fly with Eagles. Seek lime minds. Have a role model, a mentor and see yourself soar.
Lesson Two – Focus on the Prey
Focus! Focus!! Focus!!! Eagles have a very strong and sharp vision and focus. They can focus on a prey – even as small as a rodent – from the heights of about 5 kilometres above the prey. Once an eagle spots its prey, it sees no obstacle that can stop it from grabbing the prey. The eagle will go for the prey in a “shock and awe” swoop, till its mission is accompanied.
Identify your goal, your dream and ambition. Focus on it with every amount of concentration. The problem with many of us is that we want to carry so many things at the same time, and at the end, we get little or nothing out of that. Multitasking drains the brain and it’s not good for anyone who wants to achieve something big. Focus on one thing at a time. More on focus can be seen here.
Lesson Three – The Storm is your friend
The eagle loves the storm. The Eagle is the only bird that loves the storm. With its wings in the storm, the eagle pushes higher and soars. When it finds the wing of the storm, it stops flapping and uses the pressure of the raging storm to soar over the clouds and glide. This gives the eagle an opportunity to rest its wings. At this time, every other bird hides under leaves and tree shades.
What do you do when clouds gather and storms of life come by? Run for cover or face the challenge? The breakfast of champions is not cereals but obstacles. There is an opportunity in every opposition, a testimony in every test and a breakthrough in every difficulty. Take risks! Do not run away from obstacles – they harden you and teach you. By His grace, you shall overcome your obstacles and dance in the storm of life. You shall mount up with wings as eagles; run and not be weary, walk and not faint (Isa 40:31). When life gives you lemons, make some lemonade.
Lesson Four – Soar Higher
Eagles achieve optimum self when they soar higher. The higher the goals, the better.
Like the eagle, you have to dream big and work big. However, for this to happen, you have to avoid the crowd and their petty gossips. Moses, the lawgiver left the crowd and their petty doubts at the foothills while he went up to the mountain top to communicate with Yahweh. The crowd is occupied with conversations about dictators, latest fashion, bar talk, inflation, who did this and who did not? Avoid such time-wasters. Discuss ideas – they rule the world as Hegel rightly stated. Think of how you will influence positively the life your family, community and country. Stop wasting all your God-given time on social media over petty celebrity gossips and all those kinds of stuff. If you remain amongst the crowd, you will achieve a success that is common to common man. For uncommon success, go for altitude! Soar!
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