Imagine a bamboo stick. It’s a pretty hard substance. I mean, you wouldn’t want to be caned with it, would you? But even though it is strong, if you put it in a river and stand on it, the strength of the bamboo wouldn’t hold you up, would it? Even if you had really good balance, it’s likely you would fall into the water pretty fast.
Now imagine you had several bamboo sticks. You searched around and found some other bamboo sticks that were hidden away and a little dusty after not being used for awhile. And because your friends saw you playing in the river with your bamboo stick, they thought that they would let you use some of their bamboo sticks and maybe you could do something with all of them together.
With all of these bamboo sticks, you lash them together and float easily on the water. You can travel along the river and go wherever you want to go with the strength of all of the bamboo sticks working as one.
Sometimes my clients come to me and tell me that if they had more money they could accomplish their goals. If they had more money they could hire a personal trainer. If they had more money they could get a dedicated sales person for their new business. If they had more money they could take that dream holiday. Money is like that one bamboo stick. If you try to rely on just one resource to achieve your goals, you are going to get wet. You need to use more than one resource/skill to achieve your goals. You need to lash them together to make a strong foundation on which you can stand.
Now imagine your current resources that you are using to accomplish your goals. Is it like the one bamboo stick? Are you trying to balance on just one skill or resource to get the outcome your desire? Or is it like several bamboo sticks lashed together? What resources/skills are you trying to use by themselves that could be better served if you lashed them together with other resources/skills either your own or someone else’s?