Why Planting Seeds Reaps Growth

Posted September 5, 2013 by Monica O'Connell in On the Ladder

I recently worked with a client whose life really seemed to “come together” in about a two week process. When this person started working with me she had been unemployed for a few months due to a company restructure, had been out of the dating world for quite some time, hadn’t worked out in a while, and by her measure was living a pretty small life.

This past week my client accepted a position for her dream job, randomly met a really cute guy from her gym circle, ran her half marathon best time, and put an offer on a house she loves. She commented that everything is just changing so quickly and she can’t believe her luck.

Luck? Excuse me?

For months this person worked little by little on so many things.  

  • On her career: She worked with a friend who is an HR executive on resume building, interviewing skills, and did as much networking as made sense for her career. She did three informational interviews at the company she accepted a job with.
  • On her half marathon best time: She spent 6 months taking risks at a new cross-fit box, running with a running group, and talking to her running friends about the plans they follow.
  • On her new house: She looked for houses for more than two years, read a lot of articles about mortgages and loans, and spent time interviewing real estate agents to find the right one.

She put a lot of work in up front to get the results she wanted.  Now these may not be your goals in any way.  That’s fine.  And, if you did the same, laying the foundation of what you want for yourself, things will “come together” in the same way for you.  Maybe all at once. Maybe one at a time.  When I ask people who are successful in business, dating, or their personal hobbies all of them tell me (in one way or another) persistence pays.

What small actions can you take this week towards your goal? Sure, bring luck along with you; it can’t hurt. And, when you start putting in the work you’ll find the results you’re really looking for.

Then take credit for your work.  

About the Author

Monica O'Connell

Monica O’Connell is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In her practice, she spends her career cheering on “Career Girls” as they learn how to get the most out of life. Monica works with arguably some of the most successful, intelligent, inspiring women in the Twin Cities who tackle self-discovery, career success, and what’s getting in the way of their true desires. She shares her favorite moments as those “best described not by words but by the stomach aching, face soreness that comes from spending an entire day laughing with loved ones.”