Choose to be the Best Plum (and not a Second-Rate Banana)


Happy, happy, happy New Year! As we move forward into 2017, many of us are making long-term plans for the year and trying to figure out our New Year’s resolutions. I don’t do New Year’s resolutions (more about that next week). However, at the beginning of each year I do think about what I want to accomplish and set some new goals for the year – both personally and professionally.

As you go through your process of planning, resolution-making, goal-setting and/or deep thinking (whatever you like to do to kick off the new year), I want to make certain you keep one very important thing in mind: be sure that you aim to be fully you. Whatever goals you set for yourself absolutely MUST be in keeping with who you are. They should satisfy your needs, express your personal values and be in line with your inner spirit – your “self”, if you will.

As you embark on your goal-setting and planning, think about and ensure that you are striving to be the best you possible – not someone that you think you should be or that you think others would like more. If you aim to set goals and resolutions and make plans in keeping with who you are (and that satisfy and further progress your inner being), then you are much more likely to actually make progress on your goals, resolutions and plans. It will be easier to make progress.

Goals and plans that are set in keeping with your true self will be much more fulfilling as well. Ever reach a goal that didn’t feel anywhere near as satisfying as you expected? I’m willing to bet that this goal wasn’t in keeping with who you are in some way.

With that in mind, I want to leave you with a poem that I came across a few months ago that spoke to me – and speaks to what I’m trying to say. I do not know who to attribute this poem to (I’ve found it in only a few places and there have not been any attributions). I wish I knew who wrote it.

I hope that you enjoy it.

The Plum

You can learn that you cannot be loved by all people

You can be the finest PLUM in the world.


And offer yourself to all.

However you must remember there will always be people who do not like plums.

You can learn to understand that if you are the world’s finest plum,

And someone you like does not like plums

You have a choice of becoming a banana.

However you need to be warned that if you choose to become a banana,

You will be a second-rate banana.

However, you can always be the best plum.

You need to understand that if you choose to be a second-rate banana,

There will always be people who do not like bananas,

Furthermore, you can spend your life trying to become the best banana (which is impossible if you are a plum),

OR you can seek again to be the BEST PLUM.


Until next time…

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