With just a little room to grow, miracles happen.
A couple of weeks ago I transplanted a schefflera plant into a larger pot and added some additional soil. Voila! Sprouting new sprouts where there had been none for over a year. The previous lack of growth was a bit of a surprise as scheffleras are quite hardy. I had fertilized it and put it near a window with little result.
So when I noticed roots coming out of the top of the pot, I realized it needed more. With a larger pot, more soil, and 30 minutes of digging in the dirt my schefflera had a new home.
Now it has new shoots on every branch. Plus those new shoots are growing really quickly.
I realized this is a great metaphor for life! A little additional space plus fertile soil can lead to rapid new growth.
To take advantage of this idea we have to recognize that it is we who create the pot that is too small--with our routines, practices and judgements. Things like “I won’t work on that project after dinner because I am too tired so it won’t be quality work” or “I should not apply for that position because I don’t have an MBA” or “I’ll never be able to finish a marathon or century bike ride.”
We are usually our harshest critic. Sure we may have learned the words from others, but we are the ones who continue to believe them…up until now!
Here are a few tips for creating a bigger pot and more fertile soil for ourselves:
- Let go of negative self talk–even the most simple things. Take a deep breath and blow it out, away from yourself. Replace it with encouraging words such as “I am strong and capable. My friends, family and colleagues support whatever I truly want to achieve.”
- When we make a mistake, or something goes wrong, recognize that it’s all part of human life–everyone goofs now and again, and stuff happens. We are not a bad person, it’s just that we had a whacky moment. Take action to fix or mitigate the results of the mistake or wackiness–then move on. Next!
- Look in the mirror every morning and say out loud, “Hello magnificent!” (just like each and every other living being)
You may have noticed that Over the Hump has been missing for a while, but it’s back! It took me a year to get past my small pot and realize how much I enjoy communicating with you all. Heartfelt thanks to those who encouraged me to start again.
My best wishes for an amazing day, and week. See you next Wednesday!