Good morning! Today I want to share a story from one our clients, 19-year-old Rachel Moreaux, who recently made this amazing analogy I just had to pass along to you.
“The way bamboo grows is one of the most bizarre, fascinating and atypical occurrences for plants, and for nature in general, I’ve learned. At first, for 5 years, after you have sown the seed you see nothing other than a tiny shoot, poking its head up from the ground.
All the actual growth is happening underground, where an incredibly complex root system is established, interwoven outward and upward across vast amounts of land.
“Then, toward the end of the fifth year, the bamboo shoot up and grows over 30 meters(almost 100 feet!) tall. The plant is, in fact, the fastest-growing plant on earth and can grow around 1 meter (3 feet) within 24 hours during this period.
“The REAL growth happens in a matter of weeks, so it might seem like it happened overnight. But if you don’t water it and take care of it for 4 years, it would have never grown into the 30 meter shoot you see the fifth year. It would be DEAD, man!”
In all of my years of studying people, I have seen them do this constantly. Does any of this sound familiar to you? You start something again and again and again. But you never stick to it long enough to actually achieve anything or see any results. Instead, you assume it just isn’t working for you and abandon it.
I know you’re thinking, “I would never do that! I would never rip up my roots and try to plant them somewhere else, just because the plants weren’t growing fast enough or not producing enough fruit!” The reality is, you just might be doing this, whether you realize it or not.
Think about a time you walked away from what you’ve already built because you were distracted by shiny objects, seduced by better opportunities or offered a “better job.” Lots of people will give something a try, but very few will actually devote themselves to it. They will stand at the edge and stick their toes in, but they never go “all in.”
When you look at your life today, your career, your relationships or your business, are you “all in”? What I want you to realize, a tree cannot grow tall without deep roots. Likewise, it is impossible for you to gain any real success unless you are fully invested and growing roots in your life.
Have you ever noticed in today’s society, people sit and complain about a so-called dead-end job? They’re just looking for a new place to plant their crops, without even focusing on the opportunities and the soil surrounding them!
If you uproot yourself and move around, always looking for greener grass and better soil, you will never get rooted anywhere. This goes for a job, business, marriage, parenting… everything.
I want you to realize there are opportunities all around you! You can’t use your dead-end job, your spouse’s personality or anything else, as an excuse. Conditions don’t have to be perfect for a plant to yield fruit, just as you do not have to be surrounded by the perfect circumstances to yield success! However, you do have to have roots to bear anything at all!
What would happen if, instead of jumping around and continually going after the next shiny object, you decided to stay committed to what you are currently doing for the next 5 years? What if you said “No” to any other job offer or business opportunity? What if you didn’t even entertain the thought? What would happen if you went “all in” for 5 solid years?
Stop looking for the next opportunity and let your roots grow deep and strong! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and remember to Like and Share today’s post and share this message with someone who may need deeper “roots.”
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