Paradigm Shift · Personal Development

Your Dream Is NOT the Problem

I love planting. There is something particularly exciting and oddly satisfying about watching seeds develop into fully grown plants. Although I make no claims of being a farmer, I have had much success growing and producing my own food. 

There was one occasion, however, where a particular crop would not grow. I did everything I had done in the past to facilitate this plant’s growth, but all my efforts were to no avail. 

After growing frustrated by the lack of success I believed I should have been enjoying, I decided to reach out to a seasoned farmer for help. The farmer visited my growing station and after a brief visual inspection, he proceeded to ask me a host of questions relating to how I planted and tended to my crops.

In hindsight, I don’t think the farmer’s questions were meant to inform any conclusion he might have arrived at to “fix” the problem I was dealing with. Based on his recommendation, I believe he knew what the problem was within thirty seconds of inspecting my station.

Here’s what this farmer concluded. He said: “The crop has adequate sunlight exposure. The temperature is fine and the soil volume is plenty. The planting bed has the right depth. But here’s the problem. The soil is no longer useful for this crop and simply can’t support its growth.”

He continued: “The macronutrients needed to facilitate this crops’s growth is all but gone. That’s why your crop isn’t growing. In fact, if you keep your crop in this soil much longer, it will begin to decay and eventually die. My recommendation is to transplant your crop into fertile soil to aid its growth and development.”

I transplanted the crop as the farmer had instructed, and voilà, it slowly regained its vigor and grew into its healthiest form.

Here is the lesson of the story.

Some of you have reached an impasse as it relates to your dream—you are growing frustrated and your passion is starting to wane.

Your dream, however, is not the problem. Where you are currently planted is the source of the problem. And if you stay planted where you presently are, your dream(s) WILL die.

Here’s a list of potential problems that could be hindering your dream (and the accompanying solutions).

  • Your environment is toxic. That means it is time to transplant yourself in a new circle of influence. You need to find other people whose dreams are as grand as yours and feed off each other’s ideas and energy.
  • You need to put forth greater effort. You’ve been shortcutting the success process for too long. It is time for the quality of your grind to match the scope of your dream. If your dream is on level 10, then your hustle should also be on level 10 so as to bring your dream to life. 
  • Your income is simply too little. You need to increase your income and have multiple sources of income sufficient to materialize your dream. For some, this might involve taking on a second job. For others, this might mean moving out of state and changing job and/or career (something I had to do). 

The reality is, if you want optimum results in your life—to live your best life—then you must reposition yourselfstarting with your mindset followed by taking intelligent risks and making the necessary sacrifices.

Since you’re here…

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15 thoughts on “Your Dream Is NOT the Problem

    1. Thank you, Miriam! A few months ago, I was forced to reexamine my life goals. It was then I realized the source of my problem was twofold: income and environment.

      After “replanting” myself in a dream-friendly environment and increasing my income…all of a sudden, those dreams that were on the verge of a slow death blossomed to life anew.

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  1. Josiah: I am so glad I found your blog. I am very interested in love, specifically how we cultivate loving practices that affirm ourselves and others. Your book looks so good and worthwhile, and I will check it out. I also especially appreciate your metaphor of plants needing to be replanted. This is very helpful for me. You remind me that powerful change often comes from working more thoughtfully and intentionally, rather than completely changing what we are doing. Thank you.

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  2. I could not agree more! As someone who loves gardening, I can totally relate to the soil analogy. I’ve uprooted myself to another continent for most of the year and stepped WAY out of my comfort zone. It has been challenging, but definitely worth it. Life is for living, not wilting. Thank you for another great post, Josiah. 🙂 x

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