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Overcoming Adversity: How Max the Bear Became a Resolute Leader

Not so long ago, a young bear named Max lived deep in the forest. Max loved exploring his surroundings and always tried to learn new things and take on challenges. One day, Max climbed a tree that had tempted him for weeks. Excited and full of ambition, Max started climbing the tree.

Unfortunately, Max had not yet learned how to properly climb trees. Halfway up the tree, he slipped and fell hard to the ground. The fall left him feeling humiliated and discouraged, as it was the first time, he had really failed at something.

Max spent the next few days in a pang of deep sadness, lying in his cave and feeling sorry for himself. His friends tried to encourage him to get back up and try again, but he'd lost all his confidence. He felt fear for the first time in his young bear's life.

One day, Max met a wise old owl who lived in a nearby tree and spent his time helping other animals in the forest. The owl listened deeply, heard that Max was struggling, and decided to help him. She began asking questions about the climb, Max's preparation, and how best Max learns. Through deep inquiry, she opened Max's thinking and encouraged him to try again with some practice. Max taught himself how to start over from failure.

Max didn't quite understand why the owl asked so many questions, but it felt good to think things through and come up with a plan. She helped him take time to reflect on what went wrong, learn from his mistakes, and move forward with resilience and confidence. She encouraged him to lead himself on a journey of self-improvement and growth.

Max felt understood and began to act on his plan. He started focusing on being a better leader, reflected on what he had done wrong during his climb, and learned from his mistakes. He practiced his climbing skills every day until he finally reached the top of the tall tree that had once defeated him.

With the support and guidance of the wise owl, Max had transformed from a discouraged, fragile bear to a strong and resolute leader of himself. He continued to face challenges and take risks, knowing he could always learn from his mistakes and lead himself toward success.

Ultimately, Max realized that the key to starting over from failure was not to wallow in self-pity but to become a resolute leader and act toward achieving his goals. With this newfound resilience and confidence, Max knew he could accomplish anything he set his mind to.

Coaching is a powerful tool to help individuals unlock their potential and achieve their goals. With the guidance and support of a skilled coach, people can gain clarity, direction, and confidence in their abilities. Coaching can also provide a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals to explore their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs and to challenge themselves to grow and develop. Whether it's personal growth, career advancement, or relationship building, coaching can be a valuable resource for anyone looking to make positive changes in their life. Take it from a wise old owl - you got this!

For more on being a Resolute Leader listen in to Essentially You, the podcast designed to open up your thinking.


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