Cow and Rhino — Why it’s best to be both

As a college volleyball coach, I taught my players how to push through the hard times at practice and in matches so they could excel as athletes, teammates, and people.  I used a variety of metaphors and one that comes to mind was hanging on the door of the track coach who I worked with in Texas: “Cow or Rhino?”

This excellent word picture reminds us to be aggressive rather than passive in our competitive endeavors … and there’s more!

In my current role as a personal and business development coach, my objectives are focused on helping my clients igniting and reigniting the skills and talents that will help them meet their goals and find the success they seek.

I recently thought back to the cow vs. rhino metaphor and did some research to see if I could use it to motivate my clients to bigger and better things.  Here are some fun and interesting facts about these two animals.

COWS – from the World Animal Foundation Adopt a Cow site

Cows are social ~ they can recognize more than 100 individuals ~ will closely bond to some herd members, while carefully avoiding others ~ maintain lifelong relationships with their peers ~ they “moo” to each other to stay connected, even when they can’t see each other ~ they will communicate through different body positions and facial expressions when they can see each other.

Cattle will learn from each others’ mistakes ~ if one is shocked by an electric fence, others will become alarmed and avoid the source ~ if a herd is confined by an electric fence, only 30% will ever be shocked

Cattle have almost panoramic vision, which allows them to watch for predators or humans. They can see in color, except for red.

They have an amazing sense of smell and can detect scents more than six miles away.

My favorite characteristic:  Cattle enjoy swimming and running in the moonlight; when the moon is full they will remain active for longer periods between their two sleep sessions.

At the other end of the spectrum …

RHINOS – from the Wild Ones and Wikipedia

Rhinos are solitary in nature, usually living alone or in small groups of mother and offspring. They have small, widely positioned eyes that result in very poor eyesight. They have good hearing and sense of smell.

Their two horns are used for defense and intimidation ~ especially by males who fight over territory.  In fact, their aggressive dispositions discourages predators ~ nearsightedness seems to urge them to charge first and investigate later.

My least favorite characteristic:  Rhinos mark their territories with dung piles that can be three feet high!  Yuck!!

Thus the title … Cow and Rhino.  Cows are relationship-oriented, while rhinos are task-oriented.  So when it comes to working with people, being a cow is a must.  In contrast, when it’s time to focus on getting things done, like emails and social media posts, then it’s time to play the rhino card.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  We’re never really either-or.  It’s best to be intentional and choose the most appropriate approach for different situations.

Ready to become the best cow and rhino you can be?

Ready to take God up on His promise to help you?

“The one who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!” (1 Thess 5:24 MSG).

He’s called you and equipped you to fulfill that calling — sometimes you’ll be a cow, sometimes a rhino, and sometimes in between.

What is your plan to answer the call on your life?

I’d love to hear … and if you choose … help you work it out.

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