Growth does not always happen when we are looking.
Looking at our progress.
Looking at our surroundings.
Growth tends to happen when we do not even notice.
Like a seed planted in the ground.
We water it.
We fertilize it.
And we take care of it all the time.
Yet we don’t see it sprouting.
But day after day it is growing under the ground.
The roots grow down so it can have the nutrients it needs.
And slowly a small stem begins to push it’s way up through the soil.
Until that one special day comes and we see it sprouting out of the ground.
It seemed like nothing was happening for so long.
And now it begins to grow quickly and soon we cannot believe how big the plant gets.
The same is true for us.
We may work at something for a long time.
Honing our skills.
Yet we don’t feel like we are really getting that much better.
We have good days and we have bad days.
Until one day we take that next step in our business, our career, or our life.
And to our amazement we do something we’ve never done before.
Or we just do it more naturally, more easily, more fluidly.
Now we see all that hard work paying off.
Now we feel that we’ve really accomplished something.
Yet if we look back, we can see that it was not one big step.
It was a series of little steps that we took each day.
One after another.
We moved inch by inch.
And now we are on top of the hill.
Enjoying the beautiful vista.
We did not get there overnight.
And the transformation was not in some magic recipe.
The transformation was in the whole journey.
It did not matter what path we took.
By merely making the decision and following through we transformed.
Almost without noticing.
So where are you transforming without noticing? How are you changing through the journey?
~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant