Do you procrastinante? Worry about failure? Give up easily? Stop before you start?
I know I did. Everything from losing weight, finding time to exercise, all the way to doubting my abilities to grow a garden.
BUT I WAS WRONG! Everything we need to achieve our dreams is already within us. We have all the tools we ever need right inside us. Tools to nurture our DREAMS. To put a PLAN in motion. To ACHIEVE amazing benefits.
Dream, Plan, Achieve is the basic message I want to share with my journey.
I’ve learned life is like a garden.
That each goal, achievement, or process starts from a very tiny seed that must be sown and nurtured over the appropriate time necessary, before the fruit of one’s efforts are ready for harvest. I learned this by actually planting a garden!
As I said, I never thought I could grow a garden….that’s for farmers, green thumbs and people with more time than I have. Yet, as a professional chef and lover of healthy eating, I dreamed of picking and eating delicious food at my fingerprints. I dreamt of walking into my backyard to harvest my meal. Food that is rich, live, and organic, picked at the moment of perfection.
My garden started with a small seed-sized dream. One that kept nudging at me here and there. Like when I was at the store or farmer’s market picking out vegetables. Or when I was preparing food to cater.
Then, I decided to give it a whirl. This was a year ago. My excitement was high. I was ready for a lush garden flourishing at my fingertips within a couple weeks.
The truth is that wasn’t realistic. I didn’t have a place for a garden yet.
What I needed was a plan. A realistic one. But I didn’t know where to start. I just wanted to reap the benefits. That is why this can be the very stopping point for many. Swallowing the entire scope of the project felt overwhelming. I felt like I could choke. Where in the yard would I put it? How much would it cost? How much sun do seeds/vegetables need? Did I need a lanscaper? What grows here? What can I grow? How much do you water? When do you plant? On an on it went.
Achievement comes in steps. I had to break it down to manageable aspects if I expected to a bountiful harvest someday. So my plan was to create a plan. I asked friends, Googled all I could and read seed packets and magazines. I found the help I needed and jumped in.
First, we prepared the yard’s landscape last summer, accepting a vegetable harvest was at least a year away. ACHIEVEMENT ONE: The yard looked beautiful.
ACHIEVEMENT TWO: I planted these tiny seeds, as spring finally arrived. I planted some haphazardly; others with great care. (perfection NOT required)
ACHIEVEMENT THREE: I made the time to nurture the area with water, sun, soil, fertilizer, and loving anticipation.
ACHEIVEMENT FOUR: Huge plants grew….and grew….and grew. The more they grew the more I nurtured.
ACHEIVEMENT FIVE: Harvest. My dream fulfilled Beautiful, live, deliciously healthy food at my fingertips.
To think this is only my first year. Imagine what next year has to offer!
My garden analogy is a metaphor for anything you may be dreaming of in your life. So what it is you dream of? What do you want to grow in your life? Are you ready to plan and achieve all that you want?
I know I am. I’ve put this same process in my weight loss, my exercise program, and my healing journey. My achievements are too many to count in just a short period of time.
Starting planting your dreams today!