The color is a bright limey green, and it is spectacular against the saphire blue sky reflected from my office window. New growth forms every day from long stalks taking root in a small container of water. In two-weeks time, the roots are clustered and winding, ready to sustain years of growth in the soil of my garden.
I’ve heard it said it takes 29 consecutive days to instill a new habit or create a new routine.
I think the same timeline should be applied to any and all goals and dreams. Not in the accomplishing of, but for the purpose of becoming firmly rooted and planted in the inevitable journey required for success.
I also think there’s a key component of success involved in “consecutive.”
My sprouting plant did not take root simply because I had the brilliant thought to place it in a jar one day. It also didn’t take root because I placed it in a sunny window. Although both of these were key, I had to actively fill the tiny jar with water every day.
Doing one thing to remain rooted in our goal for 29 consecutive days. Not every other day, not once a week, but every day.
Is it daunting? Of course. Is is worth it? That is a question for each of us to answer. But wouldn’t we discover the answer a lot sooner by investing 29 days up front? And wouldn’t we become stronger through the challenges 29 consecutive days uncovers?
Whether our goal is weight loss, running a 5K, writing a book or sculpting a beautiful garden:
29 consecutive days offers insight only action can bring.
29 consecutive days produces growth we never expect.
29 consecutive days births inspiration for tomorrow.
29 consecutive days creates sustaining motivation vital to our success.
In 29 days, the mind shifts, energy flows, and the body follows. The goal takes root within our soul.
And once we are rooted in our goal…there’s no stopping us!
Go ahead…I dare you~