BLOOM! Who doesn’t like flowers? I mean come on what’s not to like about flowers…fragrant, colourful and beautiful. Aside from the obvious, flowers brightens a dull room and ever watch the expression when a bouquet of flowers are presented? Yes, the effect brightens our day and conveys a message between the sender and receiver…just because…I love you…thank you…I’m sorry…please forgive me.
Like the message says…when a flower isn’t blooming, you don’t pull the flower out of the soil. No, you fix the environment…less sun, more sun…pull out the weeds…less water…more water. Through a process of elimination you figure out what’s causing the lack of bloom and with those tweaks the flower adjust and does what it’s supposed to do – BLOOM.
So, what area of your life needs some TLC to bloom? The usual areas that need constant investment/TLC are the ones we sometimes take for granted, like…
Our relationship with our significant other – we assume he/she understands why I’m spending less time with them
With ourselves – I’m too busy or don’t have time to (fill in your missing piece)
Our finances – I’ll budget later
Career change/improvement – The job market is dismal or I’m not in the league of the millennials
Here’s what I discovered when those areas aren’t blooming and I come up with a bunch of lukewarm reasons – it’s about fear. Fear of facing the state of my finances which tells me I’ve been lacking discipline. Fear that I won’t like what I hear when I communicate with my spouse. Fear I’ll fail again at reaching my fitness goal and what others will think, and fear to step into making the changes in my career because…what ifs?
Fear is the enemy that keeps us from blooming, and in many cases the fear is only our perception gone cra cra. Maybe those four areas all need some TLC, don’t let that overwhelm and discourage you. Here are three easy steps to make the change from gloom to bloom:
Step one: Pick the most important area and answer
Step two: What can I do differently this week to make this area bloom? (change, cultivate, care)
Step three: Execute, then the following week, adjust if necessary and repeat. By doing the best you can each day, you’ll be on your way to seeing noticeable changes in the areas that really matters to you.
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