Want to Bloom? Remember, It’s a Process, So Let It Unfold

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Blooming is a process…

If you want to bloom it’s important to know that it’s a process. Nature treats us to the fruits of the process every spring. But it starts long before we see the blossoms.

We had one very warm, spring-like day this week. That led me to think about what’s involved in blossoming. It’s an excellent model for the process of moving toward a long-term goal.

Where the blossoming starts…

With flowers like tulips and daffodils, the process starts in the fall. That’s when you decide to grow these flowers and put the bulbs into the ground.  You’ve set and taken the first step toward your goal by planting these bulbs.

Then comes the long winter.

I liken this time to the planning phase of a project. You take this seemingly dormant time to figure out how you will move forward and what you’ll need to bring your plan to fruition.  From the outside, it might look like nothing is happening. But you use it to accomplish necessary and helpful tasks related to your long-term goal.

Slowly, things change…

Here in NH, palpable change usually begins to happen in March. The snows melt and the iron-hard ground warms and softens.

Still, nothing is visibly happening to our bulbs. But you’ve used your time well. Necessary planning is done, needed materials have been gathered, and the preliminary groundwork is all but complete.

It takes time to bloom…

As the world warms, the tips of shoots begin to poke through the ground.  This is what often feels like the real beginning point of your project.  But in reality, you started much earlier, and lots of work preceded this moment.

This is an exciting time and an opportunity to affirm your efforts, as your work begins to come together.

Stay focused and energized…

It’s important to maintain your energy during this period. Remember that this is a process, and it can take weeks for those shoots to rise up greenly. You will have days when it feels like nothing is changing very much.  The steps in this phase often build slowly.  That is part of the process.

Growth is exponential…

Then there is always a day when it seems like all the daffodils suddenly burst into bloom.  How did it happen?  If you trace it back, it isn’t a sudden change.  But the transformation from slender green shoot to bright yellow flower can seem to come overnight.  That’s because the growth is exponential, not linear.

And that is how it often works with your projects.  The early work goes slowly, but you are building momentum with each day.

Remember, you build momentum…

So, if your investments of time and energy at the front end seem to not be yielding results, remember that it’s a process. Think about daffodils working their way up through the frosty ground. And picture the profusion of color when they bloom.

How do you feel about the process involved in blooming? Please send us a comment here at The Time Finder. We’d love to hear about your experiences.

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