Sometimes I feel anxious. I hate the feeling that manifests deep in my gut and somehow is able to have power over all of my thoughts and spill into my attitude and ambition. Sometimes I just don’t know how to fight the feeling, especially when I feel stuck in one place and don’t know where to begin. I don’t want to be held back because I don’t know how to take the next step, nor by my fear of failure.
How do I move ahead?
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now.” Chinese Proverb
Earlier this year I heard this common quote that I’d somehow never heard before. I was reminded of it this summer when I was sitting in the pick up by this tree (pictured below) watching my husband get overly frustrated trying to fix the crop irrigator. (for my city followers…it’s a country thing, come visit to see what it’s all about)
This quote was one of those “aha!” moments that struck me hard. It was simple yet so profound. First, I had to acknowledge that yes, it may have been ideal if I had tackled my fear-filled issues or implemented my problem solving ideas sooner (like 20 years ago!). But you live and learn.
And second, and here is the hope, I still can! It’s not too late to start. I can roll up my sleeves and dig deep into the things I am passionate about. I am kicking myself for numerous lost opportunities that I didn’t take hold of, but instead of living in the past, I am choosing to make today the best time to start.
Third, and this dawned on me after the irrigator was fixed…it may take 20 years for my efforts to come to full fruition. Though it may seem slow going, investing and watering my trials and efforts will make a difference, and someday I’ll see the fruits of my labor. (acknowledging that it may look differently than I anticipated)
So how do you start? SMALL. Pick something particular that if you were a little more intentional it could make a significant difference in your weekly attitude. In about 28 days, pick another small goal. It may seem slow, but I promise you’ll have more success if you take it one thing at a time.
I challenge you to start thinking what it could be for you. Maybe it’s feeling more organized by pledging to sort through one closet a month, or creating a meal chart so your family eats balanced meals. Or maybe it’s committing to leave work on time so you have a more full evening with the fam. Possibly, it’s taking the step to better manage your time so you can exercise once a week.
Maybe it’s time for you to actually plant that tree for your children to be able to enjoy in 20 years….
What will it be for you? I’d love to hear about it, because now is the time to start!
Quick tip: Use technology to help! My favorite app that minimizes the paper on my counter is the Grocery IQ app. I never forget my list because I always have my phone!
Posted September 4, 2014