The right time. The right temps. The right spot. The right bait. All the proper equipment. Perfect quiet. Motionless. And those are just the variables you can control. The fish has to want to eat. It has to be in place, see the bait or the lure, and choose to take action without getting scared away first.
We walk away from so many opportunities down and disheartened without realizing how many different caveats control the outcomes of our endeavors. We don’t understand that “failure” can simply be bad timing, too much wind, someone adjusted an unknown part of the equation, or any number of things that don’t reflect our true effort at all.
Its all about what you focus on. If you only see “BIG FISH” then you will often be let down. But what if you centered yourself around the experience? Learning. Growing. Finding your moments. Practicing. If catching a big fish were the end goal, many people would stop fishing. It wouldn’t be a hobby, it would be a trial. What is left after the goal is completed?
If your goal and focus are something else. How many fish you catch, what you share while fishing, or being the best you you can be… then not only will the big fish come, but you won’t experience the pitfalls when they just aren’t biting that day.
If you are fishing for people, ideas, or even actual fish, you can’t bank your emotions on a single experience. The world is far too complicated to expect the perfect string of events to equate with “success” on a daily basis. There are far too many moving parts, many of which we can’t control. But if we can anchor ourselves to more realistic goals, then not only is life much more enjoyable, but what a treat it will be when the big ones jump in the boat!