In late October, we received a box of flower bulbs and a bag of soil as a holiday present. It seemed a little odd and a little early to start celebrating the coming season, but what the heck. As instructed, I planted the bulbs in the container provided, poured in soil and water, and placed the whole thing in a sunny kitchen windowsill. And waited. And waited. And then waited some more.
I kept the soil moist and rotated the container every couple of days and finally...I began to see the green tops popping up through the soil and decorative moss. Some grew quickly, others more slowly, until we had about half a dozen shoots nearly a foot and half tall. A couple of days before Christmas, the flowers started opening up until - as you can see in the photo - we had a dazzling display of amaryllis blossoms, each wider than my hand. It was well worth the wait for this holiday gift.
As an executive coach and business consultant, I work with high-powered people who are often used to getting what they want when they want it. But life, like amaryllis, doesn't always work that way. I've discovered that the most important things in life - like rearing children, writing books, developing a body of work - take time. Lots of it.
Now as we're smack onto the New Year, it's a good time to ask yourself the following questions:
- What do you feel so passionately about, in either your professional or personal life, that you're willing to work at it - even if it takes a year or more to complete?
- How will you hold yourself accountable to realizing your outcome? Especially when you're stressed, tired, or backsliding?
- In other words, what's worth waiting and working toward in your life?
- Most important of all, how will you feel when you can say, "I did it!" And I mean exactly. Proud? Happy? Exhausted? All of the above?
This is the year to recognize that the things you care most about are worth both the work and the wait. Stay tuned for my next blog on "Setting Your Theme for the New Year," where I'll share my "worth the wait" goal with all of you - my favorite folks!