Bamboo or Corn. You Decide.
Do you ever feel like there is just no way “it” is ever going to happen? Do you stand in front of the microwave and say, “It’s not ready yet”? I might be the only one, but I don’t think so. Sometimes, it feels like I’m not getting anywhere. In this fast-paced technology infused world, it is easy to want instant results.
I want results like corn. Have you ever planted corn? It shows above the ground in about three days and grows like crazy. However, it seems like my results are more like bamboo. With bamboo it takes five years before you see anything above the ground. It feels like I take one step forward and two steps back in my business sometimes. Maybe I need to turn around, change my perspective, and then I can start running.
Corn is very fragile, if you start it indoors, until it is hardened in the sun. The new sprout is easy to damage and pull out. Corn only grows to about six feet tall. Bamboo is strong and resilient and grows to about 90 feet. Yes, it takes longer, but it is worth the wait if you want something that will last.
When it seems like things are taking too long, I just tell myself I’m growing roots. When it takes me longer to get it right, I remind myself I am creating success habits that will last a lifetime. When people tell me it will never happen, I remind myself how far I have already come. I am planting my seeds so to speak so I can say, “I have created something from hard work and grit.”
This business started as a vision in my mind that I took action on. Believe me, it was like a newborn calf trying to walk. I was stumbling all over the place. I even fell down on the some of the attempts I made trying to learn the new skills I needed. Now most of those skills are habits that I can rely on to run smoothly while I create more success habits.
I love what I do 98% of the time. Two percent of the time it’s scary, and I’m not sure what to do. A few years ago those numbers were switched. I know there will always be new things to learn because I enjoy learning. I will always push myself, and when I am pushing I am stumbling until I get my roots grown. Then you can watch me accelerate toward the sky once again.
If you’re struggling, I encourage you to hang in there and keep moving forward. You just can’t see your growth yet. Take the time to make the right habits. The ones you need for a lifetime. Habits can be hard to change so create them right the first time.
If you’re not stumbling, push yourself more. Potential is no good just sitting on the couch. Get up and use it. Make a difference in your life and maybe even the world. The world needs what you have to offer. If you feel a pull, follow it. If you have the desire, it means you have the ability to make it happen. I invite you to make it so.
I look forward to hearing what you’re creating. Keep in touch and keep moving forward.
Have a splendid day,