40+FAB Blog

What will you hold?

I remember the song by the country western singer, Kenny Rogers, called ‘The Gambler’. The lyrics of the refrain go something like this:

You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em
Know when to fold ‘em
Know when to walk away
Know when to run
You never count your money
When you’re sittin’ at the table
There’ll be time enough for countin’
When the dealin’s done.

The gambler seemed to be an expert at his card game for he knew what to hold on to and let go of at the right moment in time. There is a truth in what
the gambler had to say, as it is wise to hold on to what is an advantage, and fold – let go of – what could cause damage.

Have you ever used expressions like: “He can’t hold down a good job”? “She didn’t hold on to her man”. “He tried to hold a meaningful conversation with her”. “He failed to hold up his end of the bargain”. “She knows how to hold her own”. “Get a hold of yourself!” “Hold your tongue”. “Hold your
head up high”. “I hold him in high esteem”.

Well, one key attribute of effective people is their ability to hold on to things. To hold something for long enough is to keep it in a stable condition. Stability is a good ground for growth and success. You sometimes need to hold on to certain disciplines or habits for long enough until they become a part of you.

I have learnt of 6 main areas where there is a need to develop the ability to hold or fold things in order to release my greatest potential.

To be continued…