Posted on 30th Oct 2017 at 5:52 PM from Warwick, UK
Last weekend we put the clocks back and today the temperature has suddenly fallen. These cold dark nights leave no room for doubt that the growing days in the garden are behind us. There are a few flowers still brightening up areas of the garden but it won't be long before they are mere memories.
As I was picking the last of the sweetcorn that I had grown in the garden this year it occurred to me just how much we can learn from the cycles of nature.
We plant the seed in the spring or even in the previous autumn. We care for the seedling until it is strong enough to be planted out in the idea location. It is cared for with water and kept free from weeds until it performs to brighten up the garden with its flowers or provide tasty fruit or vegetables. For most of the process there is little progress to be seen until suddenly in a short time the purpose of the plant is realised.
Few would suggest that we could shortcut this natural process. Sure we could keep the soil around the seedling enriched and at the perfect temperature and we could add artificial light to the plants which might speed up the process but we cannot go straight from seedling to fruit.
Almost everybody recognises that we must let nature take its own time. Yet all too often we try are go straight from idea to fruition in our endeavours. If we just step back and remember the growing plants we might have more success.
Before visiting Spain earlier this year I decided to use Duolingo to learn a little bit of Spanish. This I did and I have continued ever since. I have not invested a great deal of time in Spanish but I have been consistent. I have completed three short modules every morning consistently and each one has taken no more than a couple of minutes. For quite a while I felt as if I was getting nowhere but suddenly, after a few short months, I looked back at how much I had covered and was rather shocked! Far more than I had thought...
It doesn't take a lot of time to achieve the things you want to achieve, it takes consistently. Of course this doesn't only apply to learning a language. Anything you want to do can be broken down into small steps. No matter how big your goal, if you take a small step towards it consistently you will succeed.
So what is your goal and what is stopping you taking the first step today?