Several plants line the window sill of my office, and even though I carefully chose those needing the least amount of attention, I still have to remember to water them regularly and feed them occasionally.
About six months ago, a beautiful orchid was gifted to me with instructions to “just leave it alone.” Simple enough.
However, what seemed like excellent wisdom at the time has failed because my orchid came to me improperly potted. Orchids are air plants, and they need space to breathe. My poor orchid soon began to show signs of being smothered.
Not wanting this beauty to die, I sought advice from anyone who could help me. Would you believe there was an orchid specialist two offices down from mine who had been busy helping everyone else save their store-bought orchids also?
Thankfully, my orchid now has a new pot with breathable bark in place of potting soil and moss, and it’s on the mend.
The same is true of our own goals and dreams. Left to themselves goals will surely wither and die. Improperly cared for, they will eventually wither and die.
Every goal and dream needs to be fed and nurtured. Too often, we don’t even share our goals with others. For whatever the reason, fear, doubt, or just not wanting anyone to know in case we fail, our goals sometimes stay tucked within our own heart and never have the opportunity to grow beyond an idea or impulse.
Feeding them keeps them alive and growing. nurturing them keeps them important and vital to our existence.
So much available wisdom and advice resides closer than we realize if we allow ourselves to seek and gather. Chances are someone near us has a valuable nugget which will move us that much closer to realizing our goal. As we seek and gather, we remain connected to our goal, and we grow with our goal.
So, take a chance. Share your goal. Ask for wisdom and advice along the way. You are the only person who can keep your goal alive. It’s not enough to birth it. Now the work and pleasure of nourishing and feeding you goal begins.
And be ready to feel the satisfaction and excitement that comes in the process.
Be ready to watch your motivation soar!
What’s missing in moving your goal forward?
Who can you seek out to gather the advice and wisdom you need?
How will sharing your goal today inspire you to stay motivated?