Don't forget to keep watering your garden.
Last week I had my final session with a client. We were chatting about growth and how success often takes time.
We switched roles for a moment and he became the coach as he told me about the Chinese Bamboo Tree.
You see, my client is a photographer who is becoming recognised internationally. He had just been to China where he'd showcased his prints with a bunch of other very talented artists.
He learned a lot while in China and he's passed some of that knowledge onto me.
The Chinese Bamboo Tree is very different to other trees. While most trees become seedlings quickly and experience steady growth over a number of years, the Chinese Bamboo Tree takes around four years to even break through the ground. Not a sprout, a shoot nor a glimmer that anything lies underneath the surface.
Then, the moment it breaks through it grows like crazy and within six weeks it can become 30 metres tall. They say you can almost see it growing right in front of your eyes.
Of course my client and I got to talking about how this applies to life and success. How you can have a great idea, put things in place and not see any results at all for a long time. How so many dreams get discarded because people become disheartened by the lack of growth.
Yet others stick with it and work hard for weeks, months or even years without much progress and then BOOM! Things suddenly take off.
We hear of it so often. An apparent overnight sensation who has in fact been working hard underground not giving up.
Katy Perry, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Lucille Ball and Jim Carey all worked hard for many many years before they suddenly shot to recognition.
I guess that's the key, the whole not giving up thing. Continuous belief in the possibilities and nurturing their dreams.
The Chinese continue to nurture their bamboo trees for four years without any sign of success simply because they believe the tree will grow. They commit to it by watering it even though it's showing no sign of life.
The Chinese Bamboo Tree is a testament to success. Success requires belief, it requires commitment, it requires continuous action ... and it requires time.
I think we've all got a Chinese Bamboo Tree inside of us.
We've just got to plant the seed, keep watering it, believe it's there and be patient while we wait for it to grow.