I heard about how Jim Rohn, the well-known business trainer, taught about a very simple yet powerful concept – the ant philosophy. The Bible teaches the wisdom of observing the humble ant and learning her ways. Maybe we should all talk with each other from time to time about the characteristic of ants that should apply to our own lives as humans.
Do we value success? Survival? Community? Progress? Accomplishment? Overcoming obstacles? Endurance? Resourcefulness?
What other values can you think of and why everybody should study ants?
Consider the simplicity of Four Basic Principles seen in the behavior of ants.
Principle Number One: ants never quit.
Can you think of some advantages of this kind of attitude?
If ants are going somewhere and you try to stop them; they’ll find another way, won’t they? Working together or all alone, have you noticed that ants are determined to do whatever it takes to get where they want to go? They’ll climb over, they’ll climb under, and they’ll climb around. Nothing seems to stand in their way of finding the solution to every barricade you can throw at them. They will find another way. Count on it.
Not a bad core value if you’re an ant or a person with a passion for living… is it? Do you reckon this kind of persistence is worth brushing off and determining for yourself? Never quit looking for a way to get where you’re supposed to go.
Principle Number Two: ants think winter all summer.
Now here’s a pretty energizing perspective.
You can’t be so naive to think summer will last forever.
Comfortable climate is no time to relax. You know winter is coming. The question is, “are you committed to do what it takes?” Are you committed to the discipline of preparation? Working hard in the summers of life will keep you from starving in the slow going winters when resources are sparse and conditions are more challenging.
Resist the temptation to join the partiers in their carefree summer flings. Take some time for refreshment and pleasure but be careful not to overdo it. Summer is no time to kick back. The ants are showing us the way if we’ll only pay attention.
Be reminded that summertime can fool you. If you’re not thinking ahead you’ll forget that “this doesn’t last.” Be careful where and how you build your house, your business or your project in the summer when life is going fine. Think how the landscape around you will look when the storms are upon you. Be realistic. In the summer, you’ve got to think storm. You’ve got to think rocks as you enjoy the sand and sun. Think ahead.
Principle Number Three: ants think summer all winter.
That too is so important.
During the winter, when it’s cold and windy and wet, when you can hardly leave your cozy corner, you’ve got to remind yourself, “This won’t last long; we’ll soon be out of here.” Do you think this attitude just might keep us hopeful?
And look what happens when the storm and cold lifts. When things start warming up on an early day in springtime, the ants are out. If it turns cold again, they’ll dive back down,
but then they come out as soon as the sun rises on a nice warm new day. They can’t wait to get out.
And here’s the last part of the ant philosophy:
Principle Number Four
— How much will an ant gather during the summer to prepare for the winter?
All he possibly can. What a wonderfully ambitious perspective,
the “all-you-possibly-can” philosophy.
Can you seriously take that mindset and make it your own?
In just about anything you undertake, why not have the attitude that you’re going to DO all you possibly can, ACCOMPLISH all you possibly can, PRODUCE all you possibly can, EARN all you possibly can, SELL all you possibly can, INFLUENCE all you possibly can… in short… whatever opportunities life hands you you’re going to do like scripture says and make the most of every opportunity because the daylight is briefer than you think. Before you know it, the night time comes when you can’t do much work.
Wow, maybe that is the makings for a great seminar to put on and invite everyone to attend – the ant seminar. Think of it: Never give up; Look ahead; Stay positive and Do all you can.