Blue Cat Discovers that “There’s Always a Bigger Cat”

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Blue Cat was feeling a little inadequate today because of a new cat in the neighborhood. Blue Cat sees himself as pretty successful and very happy, but then he saw this guy putting in a new storm drain down the street…

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Meet Yellow Cat…

At first Blue Cat felt bad because he wasn’t as big or strong as his new neighbor, but then he remembered what one of his favorite authors, Dr. Alan Weiss, says about comparing your success to others. “There’s always a bigger boat,” says Dr. Weiss, meaning that if you measure your success by how the things you have compare to others’, you’ll always be disappointed. And Blue Cat thinks that applies to personal capabilities as well.

Blue Cat knows he will never be able to dig giant trenches or lift concrete storm drain sections, but he also knows that’s he’s happy and successful in his own way. He has a loving family, a very popular blog (well, at least you’re reading it!), and a great job pointing out interesting things to others. Could he be stronger or bigger? Yes, but there will always be a bigger cat…

So the next time you feel low because there’s someone out there that’s better at something than you are, just remember that such will always be the case. Instead, focus on what you do well, improve where you can, and take pride in being the best you can be. That’s what Blue Cat does!

He is, however, thinking that a yellow tie would be great for Christmas.

© William P Doyle, Jr  2012  All Rights Reserved

Blue Cat Measures Up

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Blue Cat made a mistake. He wanted to see how he measures up as a cat, and so he used a ruler to make the measurement. Why was that a mistake? Because, as you can see, he’s not very impressive by that measure.
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Blue Cat needs to measure himself against his own potential – he may be a small cat, but he’s a really impressive crocheted friend. He’s really smart…

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Blue Cat has a big idea

and he has lots of good friends…

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Blue Cat and the “Big Guy”

and he meets lots of interesting people…

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Measured against his potential, Blue Cat is very big. Don’t make the same mistake he did – measure yourself against where you were and what you can do, not against an arbitrary standard.

© William P. Doyle, Jr  2012

Blue Cat is into Cooking

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Blue Cat discovered something about cooking – that it seems complicated, but it really isn’t. All you need is a good cookbook…

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It’s all in the book – literally

Blue Cat’s scribe has had this particular cookbook since 1989. (His original Better Homes and Garden’s cookbook was from 1979, but it got so sticky from ingredient spills that he had to get a new one.) In the beginning, he didn’t know how to cook at all, but he realized that as long as he followed directions, he could cook almost anything. And this particular cookbook even has definitions and examples, so he could figure out the difference between such things as “dicing” and “chopping” (the former results in consistently shaped pieces, while the latter creates irregular ones). With that kind of help, you can make really interesting dishes.

Although he did get some interesting looks at the commissary when as a young lieutenant he told them he needed the heavy cream so he could make a quiche.

So Blue Cat says not to be afraid to try new things – you can do it if you try. Now if he can just find a good recipe for zucchini.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve cooked that you thought would be impossible?

© William P. Doyle, Jr.  2012

Blue Cat Does the Impossible

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Sometimes things we want seem impossible. Whether it’s to grow you business by 50% or lose those 20 extra pounds, you can’t seem to get to where you want to be. Blue Cat had a goal like that – he wanted to meet the most famous of mythological creatures – Bigfoot. He knew lots of people had tried, but no one ever had. But, being the strategist that he is, Blue Cat made a plan…

First, Blue Cat had to engineer a solution that would get him what he wanted. He needed a search of a remote, wooded area – but one that he could get to easily. It would help if Bigfoot had been sighted there before. And he needed a way to lure the big guy into the open. His design – a search of the Pikes Peak National Forest around the Peak. It was fairly remote (you have to pay to get on the road, so that cuts down on the undedicated), easy to get to (Blue Cat lives in Colorado Springs and his scribe owns a big truck), and there have been reports of Bigfoot in that area. And he had a secret weapon to make Bigfoot feel safe to come out, as you’ll see later.

Next, he had to put together a team to help him find the elusive, hairy giant. (Blue Cat doesn’t move very fast on his own, and he’s a little short to be driving by himself.) He did that by making their goals match his vision – they wanted a trip to Pikes Peak, and he wanted to search the mountain forests. He then had to make sure they had the resources they needed – plenty of gas in the truck and plenty of battery in the cell phones (for documentation). And he needed to keep things under control – watching the time so there was plenty of light, and making sure his driver didn’t speed on the winding Pikes Peak Highway.

The result – success!

Blue Cat and the Big Guy

Blue Cat achieved his goal – and made a new friend – because he had a clear vision of what he wanted, expressed it in an audacious goal, and created a plan to make it happen. He also managed the execution of the plan so it would succeed (he saw the truck was low on gas and so he made his driver stop for more) and his design took into account both the environment (finding Bigfoot where he was) and an innovative approach to getting him to overcome his shyness (note the sign by the new friends).

You and I can do the same if we think like strategists and remember to lead, manage, and engineer.

So what “impossible” things do you want to do?

© William P. Doyle, Jr.  2012

Blue Cat is All Hat and No Cattle

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Blue Cat read my blog on “You Are What You Want To Be, Not What You Are”  and decided that he wanted to be a Boy Scout leader. After all, his favorite blogger was telling him that he is not defined by his environment or current situation, and he thought that being a Boy Scout Leader would be cool. He even has the right hat…

Unfortunately, Blue Cat has fallen into a terrible trap – he wants to be known as a Boy Scout Leader, but he doesn’t have any of the skills he needs to be one. He’s “all hat and no cattle” – he talks big but doesn’t have what it takes to do the job. He looks good in the hat but doesn’t know anything about knots, camping, starting a fire, hiking, or any of the other things a Boy Scout leader needs to know. Poor Blue Cat…

Don’t fall into the same trap! If you want to be something new, take the time to learn the skills you need. Don’t be all hat and nothing else!

(No cats were harmed in the making of this blog, and Blue Cat is now happily hatless.)

© William P. Doyle, Jr.  2012