The Fox and the Grapes
Driven by hunger, a fox tried to reach some grapes hanging high on the vine but was unable to, although he leaped with all his strength. As he went away, the fox remarked ‘Oh, you aren’t even ripe yet! I don’t need any sour grapes.’ People who speak disparagingly of things that they cannot attain would do well to apply this story to themselves.
The above is a famous Aesop fable that every one can relate to in some part of their lives. Have you ever thought to yourself:
- I’m just big-boned/naturally heavy
- My parents didn’t give me the athletic gene
- I don’t have time to train
- I could never be fit
- I don’t have the ability to succeed
- I am happy being unfit
- I’ll sort out my fitness when I’m older
If you can relate to any of the above then you are living the same story as the fox, a classic example of cognitive dissonance where you have conflicting ideals,beliefs or values. It is easy to read all the information out there that proves scientifically how you can get fitter, healthier or perform better. But once you see what is truly required to succeed you create a story as to why you are an anomaly and why the rules shouldn’t or don’t apply to you.
Maybe its time to take a step back and think, is it the rules don’t apply to me? or is it I am not applying the rules? are you a sour grape?