Listen, I’ve been there. Waiting for results from all my hard work. Hoping to see a yes or a pound lost.
But have you looked at a plant lately?
When they grow a new leaf, it is small. If you don’t look closely, you might miss it. And then it grows, a little each day, until it’s fully formed.
Remember, you are a growing thing, and you grow in the same way as plants.
A little at a time, but beautifully.
My friend Marnie wrote me a letter today and in it she said the title phrase. She was talking about planting tomato seeds but I’m thinking this phrase contains volumes and multitudes within it.
Think of all you’ve accomplished within the last few weeks, or the last day, or the last hour. Think about how overwhelming and scary it was to start. But lean into how good it feels to have finished. And you would have never known you could do it if you didn’t try it.
The problem is our minds tell us we can’t do something to try and evade failure. But failure is a part of everything we do. We’re supposed to fail if we want to get better. That’s the only way to go about it.
So, when you’re doubting yourself, remember that you’ll never know if you don’t try. And if you’re not trying something, you’ll never learn anything new. From planting tomato seeds to writing a novel, it all begins with trying.