“It is not the size of the dog in the fight, it is the size of the fight in the dog.” Mark Twain.
I have always found this quote to be profound in its message. Having grown up in the bush, there were always a lot of dogs around and inevitably they fight. What was consistently bemusing was the fact that the biggest or fittest dog was often not the dog that others seemed scared of.
Why is it that so often we think the dog/candidate who is effectively the “biggest dog” should be the favourite when competing?
Personally, I think size does matter. But WHAT we measure is the important factor. It is not the size of a persons resume, the feats they have done in the past, their age, title, social status, height, strength or anything else we can see with our eyes that matters when competing.
When I was a member of the Australian Kayak Team a long time ago, I knew it didn’t matter how intimidating my opposition looked. It is what is inside a person that matters. I raced marathons and the person with the most grit, determination, desire and belief was likely to be the person who won the race. That person had trained the hardest, sacrificed the most and was mentally ready and expecting to be able to win. If a person’s desire and conviction is big enough, they will do what it takes to get an outcome.
The size of a person’s desire and conviction/belief will determine the outcome of most confrontations.
The more conviction you have about something, the more you are prepared to do and sacrifice. If you believe you can overcome an obstacle, there is every chance you can. If you believe the obstacle before you is insurmountable, it is insurmountable…. for you.
How big is your conviction for the things you believe you can achieve? Size matters.
I have seen really small dogs scare off big dogs that were breed and trained to kill feral pigs. I have seen confident unskilled applicants win jobs when there were applications from very qualified people who lacked the conviction they should get the job. I have seen ugly blokes win the hearts of beautiful ladies. Single people have changed the world because they deeply wanted to see the world change and they believed they could effect that change. At the end of the day, it is what is inside that matters. It is the size of your conviction and belief that matters.
As a Toastmaster, do you believe you are going to attain the skills necessary to allow you to competently speak in front of any group of people on any topic, even if not given a lot of notice? If that is what you want, Toastmasters is the place to be.
Do you want to be a Distinguished Toastmaster? Do you truly believe you will be a Distinguished Toastmaster? You can be….. if you want to be.
Toastmasters is a great organisation that provides the opportunity for speakers of any level to further their skills to the point of being a Distinguished Toastmaster.
Size matters. But the size of your skill today does not limit the size of your skill tomorrow, or the week/month/year after.
What do you want to see happen? How big is your desire and conviction to see it happen?