One day, a man found himself extremely frustrated, so he decided he had finally reached his limit and was going to quit. “I quit my job, my relationships, my spirituality, in fact, I want to quit at this thing called life,” he said. So, since he was quitting, he went out into the woods and thought he’d have one last talk with God before he took his life.
“God, can you give me one, just one good reason why I shouldn’t quit?” he said.
God’s answer surprised him. “Look around,” God said, “do you see the fern and the bamboo?”
“Yes,” the man replied.
God continued, “When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds at the same time, I took very good care of them. I gave them light, I gave them water and I gave them love. The fern grew quickly from the earth. Its brilliant green color covered the floor, yet, nothing came of the bamboo, but I didn’t give up on it.”
“In the second year, the fern grew even more vibrant and plentiful! But again, nothing at all came of the bamboo seed, but I did not quit. In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed, but I would not quit! The fourth year again, nothing! Then, in the fifth year, a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern, it was seemingly small and insignificant – but in less than 6 months, the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall!”
“You see, the bamboo seed had spent the five years growing roots but took only 6 months to shoot higher in the sky than any other plant in the forest. Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed not to just SURVIVE but to be SIGNIFICANT amidst its peers. All this time you have been struggling, you’ve actually been growing roots! I would not quit on the bamboo and I will never quit on you.”
What a powerful message that is and how applicable that story can be in our lives but especially in our businesses! I have had many times where, in the midst of ‘growing roots’ I, too, have felt like quitting. I’ve had times where I just wasn’t sure how I was going to juggle one more thing, handle one more bill or see any light at the end of a seemingly dark tunnel. I’ve had super dark days and many times, at the end of those days it has led me to question what in the world I’m actually doing with my life and why the heck am I even trying. Like the man in the story, I didn’t feel the roots growing although, that is exactly what was happening!
Sometimes we can get caught up – caught up focusing on the present and past instead of looking to the future. Sometimes we find ourselves talking and thinking about the trials, the mistakes, the small bank account and large stack of bills instead of focusing on what’s really at work.
Do you know the one thing that sets us, as humans, a part from every other creature on this earth? Imagination. Imagination to create pictures, dreams, scenarios and visions of where we’d like to be instead of where we are. The key to our success lies inside of this imagination – it’s the ability to see beyond our circumstances, to go beyond the pain, beyond the trouble, beyond ourselves and to create the vision for where we are heading, regardless of what it looks like in the present.
Sometimes, you’re going to look around and see NOTHING that looks like success.
That, my loves, is where FAITH comes in. Faith is the belief that what you’re imagining, those dreams God’s placed in your heart are actually on the way. As 2 Corinthians says, “we walk by faith and not by sight” and boy, is that ever essential if you’re going to reach those dreams, because one day, it’s going to be your day.
One day, you’ll wake up and find yourself living the dream you’ve held in your heart. One day you’re going to look around, with tears in your eyes and say, “YES, I did it. I actually did it. I’m here.” So, when you’re tired, when you’re hanging up from that potential that STILL didn’t join, you have to keep saying “My day is on its way,” because if you quit, that day will surely never arrive.
I know many of you can relate to where you may be in your business. Maybe you saw great success in the beginning but now, feel like you’re at a plateau. Maybe you’ve had a really slow start and are still waiting on that first team member to join and maybe, you’re even questioning why the heck you thought you could do this in the first place. Trust me, I can relate to each of those feelings.
Do you realize though that everything – absolutely EVERYTHING – started with just a thought? Beautiful buildings, towns and cities, businesses, groups, Radiantly You, even the WORLD started as just a thought. You hold that very same power of creation. You have that inside of you, too. Realize that all the inventors, all the entrepreneurs, all the successful network marketers had NOTHING more than what you have. No more talent, no more contacts, no better product – you hold the exact same power they did but remember, it all starts with a vision.
Let’s talk about FEAR for a minute, too. Fear is not real – the only place fear can exist is in our thoughts about the future alone. Fear is a choice and if you created it, you can also destroy it but only those who will risk going too far can ever find out how far they can actually go.
Where you are r.i.g.h.t. n.o.w. is temporary. You will not be here for the rest of your life and every day you are awarded the blessing of waking up, you MUST start with that vision in order to move toward it.
I know I want to see how far I can go. I want to see what I can do, I want to see what I can be and I want to see what I can have essay. And I know, I need to be willing to go further than everyone else in order to get there. And the first step before anyone else believes in me is that I have to believe in me.
Your dreams are unique to you, we all don’t dream of the same things and that’s okay. Our dreams are in our DNA. It’s who we are. It’s why God put each and every one of us here on this very earth. You must continue to rise, no matter how many times you’re feeling knocked down because that, my loves, is what it takes to have what you want to have and to be who you want to be.
The roots are where you are tested. Your heart, your endurance, your desire, it’s all tested here – as your roots take hold.
I want to leave you with the few things that I know to be true:
Not only is it possible to have your dream but I know that it is necessary that you reach it. It’s necessary that you fulfill your destiny here on earth – especially because this AMAZING opportunity gives you the gift to inspire others by living your dream. This industry gives you the responsibility to help other people do the same and the impact of that, my loves, is mind blowing! Just let that sink in for a minute.
And hey, you deserve it. You deserve to have every dream in your heart come true. You deserve it, I deserve it, your team members deserve it, your customers deserve it….we all deserve it but just deserving isn’t enough, otherwise there would be bamboo everywhere, right? Ferns also serve their place because without them, there would be nothing to grow taller than.
The last truth? I know that history is always being read but I also know that it’s also being written.
Go write your story.
xo + love until next time,