One of my favorite verses in the Bible comes from the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament. If you’re ever feeling tired and feel you need to have your strength renewed, you will find this scripture in chapter 40, verse 31. “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint.”
I love the part about soaring on wings like eagles. They are incredible, and I am fascinated by them. I think we’ve all been told at some point in our lives to “soar like an eagle.” Eagles are known for their power and their ability to fly at high altitude in the sky—where no other bird can fly.
This past week, I’ve listened to a few videos about eagles and also read some fascinating things, which I believe all of us can learn from. The eagle is a great example for all of us. If we apply these principles, each of us can go to a higher level.
We may have heard that the mother eagle throws the eaglets out of the nest so they learn to fly. (Talk about stepping out of their comfort zone.) What a great lesson that is for all of us; we can only grow if we are willing to step out of our comfort zone. It’s important for all of us to grow and spread our wings. Here are a few other things we can learn from the eagle.
Eagles either fly alone or with their own kind
We are who we hang around with, we become a product of our own environment. You cannot be an eagle if you’re hanging around with ducks. Associate with people who are at a high level. Be around people that will help you grow. Beware of those who try to tear down your dreams. Find the people who think like you, so you can grow together. Stay away from the negative people and the naysayers. Also, be careful who you share your dreams with, they are important. Make sure you protect them.
Eagles have incredible vision
Eagles are focused and they have great concentration. When they are ready to catch their prey, they focus with laser-like intensity. This is how you should be with your goals. Have both short-term and long-term, but always remember to focus on accomplishing one thing at a time. Make a 100% commitment and apply yourself. Become fully focused and achieve your goals.
Eagles feed on live food
Eagles never eat dead animals. Now, you’re probably asking, “What’s the lesson for us there?” Well, I’m going to go in a different direction than what you are probably thinking. Have you ever heard the expression, “Quit beating a dead horse?” Sometimes we have to learn when it’s time to let go and move on. So many times, people focus on the bad things that they’ve been through and they never let go. This is an important part of growth. Learn the lesson and commit to improving, and choose to become better and not bitter.
Eagles love storms
When storms come, eagles become excited. They welcome the challenge that comes with them. In the video I was watching this week, I was reminded how the eagle knows that the storm winds will lift them above the clouds. When they go above the clouds, they can rest their wings and become stronger. What a great lesson that is for all of us.
Instead of getting down when storms come, get excited. You will find that the challenges bring new opportunities. The problem is when these storms come, most people become wrapped up in complaining about them. Instead, we need to embrace each challenge and learn from them. This is how we become better. We get to learn new skills and grow and become stronger.
Eagles go through a rebirth which involves death of the old self
I found this to be incredibly fascinating. The eagle has to make a distressing decision around the age of 40. They could either die or go through a painful process of rebirth which will extend its life for 30 more years. Without getting into all the details, the entire process takes about 5 months to complete.
What a great lesson for all of us! So many people want success but they are not willing to put forth the sacrifice, the commitment, and the hard work. On the success journey, I promise you that you will have disappointments and heartbreak. That is part of the process. You will fail but if you make a commitment to never give up, you will succeed.
To be successful and grow, we must be willing to change. Sometimes we have to get rid of our old self and begin a total rebirth. That could mean ending toxic relationships, getting rid of bad habits, stinking thinking, and mindsets that are not doing any good for us.
As you can see, we can learn some incredible insight from the eagle. Make a commitment to be an eagle, he gives us great lessons which we can apply to our own lives. You can achieve great things if you believe. Remember, you have the power to choose.
Choose to soar like an eagle!
Have a super successful week!
Regional Sales Manager RMS