A friend of mine just mentioned something that really made me think. She was referring to someone who talks as if they would like to get things done, follow their dreams, achieve their goals yet wasn’t “all in” or “doing their best”. She said, “Some people will never hear anything that rings true because they are not ready for the responsibility of success.”
Wow, I have never thought about it like that, have you? It really has me thinking about how I myself work towards goals and how to better encourage others to achieve theirs. When we look at success as a responsibility rather than an afterthought of something that just “happens” we can start to put the right care into place. By taking the time to recognize our milestones we can see that our dreams and our success require stewardship.
It makes me think about gardening. Once you have plotted out your land, pots or beds and learned about soil, fertilizer and drainage you take your precious seeds and sow them. You are well aware of the potential of that seed and you care for it. But if you were over zealous in your gardening adventure you may have planted 5 zucchini mounds each with 3 seeds nestled in the dirt. You admire those blossoms and beam with love at the first green growth of fruit until those 15 plants are laden with warrior size clubs. Your work is cut out for you, you are now responsible for eating them, storing them, sharing them, freezing, drying or doorstep ditching them. You will either have an awesome creative surplus, lots of frozen bread and maybe even some pickled treats OR you will compost the whole lump of them and swear to never plant zuccs again. Unlike gardening with financial, athletic, educational and business success you aren’t always able to forecast what your seeds will grow into you don’t always plant tomato seeds and get tomatoes, sometimes you may plant daisies and get mammoth sunflowers. Will you grow what you envisioned or even more? I think it’s the even more that causes us to stumble. So we strangely water our path to success just a little, and lots of times we simply forget to.
So often we fall short of our potential out of fear of feeling like we won’t be able to handle what becomes of it. We subconsciously recognize the responsibility of our achievements and sabotage our success because we are afraid to fail. So, it’s time friends to know you are capable and able. Your mission, your path, your vision and your success needs you to water it, care for it and be ready to reap a bountiful harvest. Your success demands that you have faith that you can handle the surplus and trust the responsibility of it’s tending.