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The Seven Principles of an Eagle. – Wandile Masone – Medium

The beauty in principles of an Eagles life as reflected to ours.

The past few months have been quite harsh on many people as we try to accomplish the resolutions we have set for ourselves in the beginning of the year. I, personally have experienced more growth in the past few months,in business and private life. We somehow create delusional barriers in our lives that we never get to see our full potential or we don’t ever get to see how great we are. These barriers can be in forms of the relationships we put ourselves in, our fears to see our visions come true or even worse what we perceive ourselves as. A person’s great power is how they view themselves because as said in the bible “As a man thinketh in his heart so he is.”(Proverbs 23:7).

Our own personal perception is what makes us go from poor to power and if we start envisioning ourselves as the mighty and great eagles that we are then we can be able to weather storms and come up top. Eagles are supposedly the greatest animals in the world as we could learn quite a lot from them and apply all those principles that they have, in our lives. They have 7 basic principles that we could apply in our lives and businesses. As a startup owner myself, these principles have made a huge impact in my life.

Principle 1

Eagles fly alone at high altitudes and not with sparrows or other small birds.No other bird can get to the height of the eagle.

Stay away from sparrows and ravens, eagles fly with eagles. Spend time with like minded people and if you don’t have them rather spend time alone than people who are going to bring you down.

Principle 2

Eagles have strong vision.They have the ability to focus on something up to five kilometres away. When an Eagle sites his prey he narrows it. No matter the obstacle, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it.

Have a vision and remain focused no matter what the obstacle and you’ll succeed.

Principle 3

Eagles do not eat dead things.They feed only on fresh prey. Vultures eat dead animals but eagles will not.

Be careful with what you feed your mind with, especially in movies,music and TV.Steer clear of outdated and old information. Always do your research and always be in the now. Feed your mind with things that will help you grow rather than make you stagnant.

Principle 4

Eagles love the storm. When clouds gather, eagles get excited. The eagle uses the storm’s wind to lift it higher. Once it finds the wind of the storm it then uses the raging storm to lift itself above the clouds. This give the eagle an opportunity to glide and rest its wings. In the meantime, all the other birds hide in the leaves and branches of the trees.

We can use the storms of life to rise to greater heights. Achievers relish challenges and use them profitably. While failures fear challenges and try by all means to stay safe.

Principle 5

The Eagle tests before it trusts.When a female eagle meets a male and they want to mate,she flies down to earth and picks a twig then flies back up to the air with the male pursuing her. Once she has reached a height high enough for her she let’s the twig fall to the ground and watches it as it falls. The male chases after the twig, the faster it falls, the faster he chases it. He has to catch it before it hits the ground and bring it back to the female eagle. This goes on for hours on end with the height increasing each time until the female eagle is assured that the male eagle has mastered the art of catching the twig which shows commitment. Then and only then will she allow him to mate with her.

Whether in private life or business, one should test the commitment of people who intend to be partners. You can’t partner up with people who can’t commit, you’ll only be messing your chances of a happy and successful life.

Principle 6

When ready to lay eggs, the female and male eagle identify a place very high on a cliff, where no predator can reach. The male flies to earth and picks thorns and lays them on the crevice cliff then flies to earth again to collect twigs which he lays in the intended nest. He flies back to earth and picks soft grass to cover the thorns. When this first layering is complete, the male eagle flies back to pick more thorns and lay them on the nest then gets grass on top of the thorns, then plucks his feathers to complete the nest.

Both male and female eagles participate in raising the eagle family. She lays the eggs and protects them; he builds the nest and hunts. During the time of training the young ones to fly, the mother eagle throws the eaglets out of the nest. Because they are scared, they jump into the nest again. Next she throws them out and then takes off the soft layers of the nest, leaving the thorns bare. When the scared eaglets again jump into the nest, they are pricked by thorns. Shrieking and bleeding they jump out again, this time wondering why the mother and father, who love them so much, are torturing them. Next, mother eagle pushes them off the cliff into the air. As they shriek in fear, father eagle flies out and catches them up in his back before they hit the ground and brings them back to the cliff, this goes on for sometime until they start flapping their wings. They get excited at this new found knowledge that they can fly.

The preparation of the nest teaches us to prepare for change. The preparation for family teaches us that active participation of both partners leads to success. The being pricked by thorns tells us that sometimes being too comfortable where we are may result into our not experiencing life,not progressing and not learning at all, in other words we don’t grow.The thorns of life comes to teach us that we need to grow, get out of the nest and live on. We may not know it but the seemingly comfortable and safe haven may have thorns.

The people who love us do not let is languish in sloth but push us hard to grow and prosper. Even in their seemingly bad actions they have good intentions for us.

Principle 7

When an eagle grows old, his feathers become weak and cannot take him as far as he should go. When he feels weak and about to die, he retires to a place far away in the rocks. While there, he plucks out every feather on his body until he is completely bare. He stays in this hiding place until he has grown new feathers, then he can come out.

We occasionally need to shed off old habits and items that burden us without adding value to our lives.

With all these principles, we must understand that it’s not all easy being an eagle but it’s definitely worth it, from birth it faces challenges that help it grow and helps it become the strong bird that it is, so let’s also embrace the challenges coming our way and grow from them. Let’s become eagles.

Whatever makes you uncomfortable is your biggest opportunity for growth-Bryant McGill


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