Years ago I remember listening to a podcast with motivational speaker Les Brown.
He referenced the Chinese bamboo tree and how it resembles the effort we put into achieving our goals.
How just like our goals, the Chinese bamboo tree requires daily attention and watering in order for it to grow.
And get this, the nurturing must be done daily for an average of five years for the bamboo tree to finally grow.
Five years… you kidding me?!
And if at anytime the daily nurturing stops, it completely sabotages the tree’s growth.
However, when it does grow after those five years of nurturing, it grows 90 feet tall in just 6 weeks.
Question is, does it grow 90 feet in 6 weeks or in 5 years or daily nurturing?
The goals I’m pursuing and working hard towards don’t always show me signs of growth.
I remember days, weeks, months, years passing and thinking, “Is anything even happening? Am I just wasting my time with all I’m looking to do and create?”
It’s during these times that I remind myself of that Chinese bamboo tree and continue nurturing my goals every day.
Reading, learning, growing, taking action, failing.
Reading more, learning more, growing more, taking more action, and repeating this process until I succeed.
Because I know, I trust, I have faith that just like Chinese bamboo tree, it’s the daily nurturing of my goals that’ll give them life.
Even if it takes me 2, 5, 7, 10 years, whatever, to achieve my goals, I know it’ll happen.
And if it doesn’t, if I never achieve the goals I’m pursuing and nurturing daily, if I leave this world tomorrow unable to finish what I started, I still win.
Going out doing what I love, what I believe in.
Chasing my dreams, as crazy as they may be.
With hope, faith, and optimism that all I want and dream of is possible.
Refusing to let fear, self-doubt, and all the BS stories my mind tries to come up with stand in my way.
More in this episode of my Mornings With Mike podcast.
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