Knowing When it’s Time to Blossom

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud

was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

     ~Anais Nin

This is hands down my most favorite quote. I think Anais must have been some kind of woman. Clearly she understood how I person must feel in order to take action. I have this quote up at one of my desks to remind me that change is often brought about by unyielding pain.

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What I love most about this quote is that it reminds me that there is beauty at the end of a long hard journey. Now I’m not going to get all philosophical on you here – it’s not really my style – but I just want to take this moment to share my thoughts on change.

There are many forms of change that spring up in one’s lifetime. Some is forced upon us…okay A LOT is forced upon us. It’s the change we shy away from because we’re comfortable where we are….and damned if we’ll be convinced to disrupt that!

But the change that Anais speaks of, is so much more than leaving a comfort zone, which by the way we still have to do. This change is born from the need to move into the unknown, no matter what we encounter along the way.

So how do you know you are ready for this type of change? It’s just like the quote says: the risk to remain at a standstill is greater than the fear to take action and change.

When another day of unhappiness in a life that seems confining makes you want to cry…you’re ready.  When you finally realize that doing the same thing and hoping for different results is pure insanity…that’s when you’re ready. When you’re tired of hiding behind that’s just the way it is – accept it,

THAT is when you’re ready.

You have to want it more than anything in this world, whatever IT is for you. You have to look at yourself and your life and say I’ve had ENOUGH! It’s time to CHANGE!

So tell me, what is your dream? You know what I’m taking about, that tiny seed in the pit of your stomach that you’ve pushed down – deep, deep down – because someone once told you it wasn’t possible.

I want you to cradle that tiny seed; get in real close and whisper sweet nothings to it. Nurture it, bring it out to the light. Give it water and good soil and plant that sucker. Let’s watch it grow from a seed, to a seedling, to a fully-fledged plant. Watch it grow into a massive General Sherman tree!

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Whoa! Now that’s a big tree!

That’s what it takes to realize your dreams – time, energy, nurturing and a healthy dose of faith. I’m not talking faith in the religious sense – although if that works for you, run with it. I’m talking faith in the sense of  trusting and believing in yourself and your ability to see your aspirations to fruition.

If this all seems scary yet exciting then you’re there. You’ve become that flower, ready to blossom!

Speaking from experience…. So you’re ready to dive in and make some changes but that feeling of where-do-I-start? sets in and you’re tempted to turn-tail and run. I’ve been there, so I understand.

It’s easy to become overwhelmed when focusing on the end result. That’s why it’s important to remember that the key to transformation is small steps. Next time I’ll write about how I started my own journey by breaking down my goals into 22 small steps. Until then, congratulate yourself. You’re embarking on something wonderful and that’s cause to celebrate!

Are YOU Ready to Make a Change? Let’s Work Together to Accomplish Your Goals!

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3 thoughts on “Knowing When it’s Time to Blossom

  1. Love this post, Angie. Reminds me of one of my favorite Eckahrt Tolle quotes: “Leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.” I have said these two sentences over and over to myself during many different times of change in my life. Too often, we stay in situations even when we’re unhappy because we’re afraid to do what needs to be done to get out of our rut. But it really is crazy! Either accept the current situation and learn to be happy with it, or change. There really are no other choices. 🙂

  2. “When another day of unhappiness in a life that seems confining makes you want to cry…you’re ready. When you finally realize that doing the same thing and hoping for different results is pure insanity…that’s when you’re ready. When you’re tired of hiding behind that’s just the way it is – accept it, THAT is when you’re ready.”

    Angie! It’s like you’re telling my story! These words you’ve written are the PERFECT description of how I was feeling when I decided to make “the change”! 🙂

    1. Thanks Faye! I’m so happy you can relate. I truly believe we need to reach this point in order to have the courage to face our fears. It seems it worked for you, which is inspiring!

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