Personal Growth – What We Can Learn From Bamboo
We are all conditioned – we are led to believe through our social expectations that we deserve results – and that we are entitled to those results NOW! In our “everyday” of convenience and “fast” – be it food, or lifestyle – we have never been (tantalisingly?) closer to what we desire. The world is getting smaller and our lives – generally – are only getting faster!
Now take growth for example – Tony Robbins famously said that “If we’re not growing, we’re dying.” Bob Proctor proffers that “If you’re not creating, you’re disintegrating.” Change is inevitable, but personal growth is a choice – the problem is you want change, and you want it NOW. Lasting growth, however is not fast – nor convenient.
“You have to love growth. And you have to keep on growing.” If you want lasting, permanent change, you need to address the root cause, not the symptoms. Enter your paradigms, and bamboo…
T. Harv Eker introduced me to a story about a boy who plants two seeds – corn and bamboo. The following year, one of the seeds becomes a corn stalk, but the other doesn’t appear to sprout anything.
This continues for five years – the corn stalk becomes this amazing cornfield but the bamboo… nothing.
And then, “all of sudden,” there are 20-foot bamboo shoots that tower majestically over the cornfield. Five years with no return, and then, an apparent explosion of growth. How was the bamboo able to grow so fast, and so strong?
For those five years, the bamboo was developing its roots. It was laying the foundation for huge, sustainable growth in its life. Some people are more like corn seeds – you give them a taste of growth, and they sprout. But when people grow really quickly, and have “fast” success, they generally don’t possess the foundation to sustain their growth. The first wind spells disaster. The old habits and paradigms return.
Like the bamboo, you are growing, developing, and learning. You are building your “roots” – your foundation for the day that you too will tower over the field – the day that you will tower over your own doubts and insecurities.
“You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be. Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do. More than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them.” Napoleon Hill, “Think and Grow Rich.”
Your time WILL come – be patient, and persevere. Your roots will determine your fruits…