I have a confession to make. Do you know why I teach Sacred Success™? Because that’s what I need to learn. And no one learns more than the teacher. Consider this recent experience.
I had taken on a lot of projects the last few weeks. I was bursting with new ideas, excited to bring each one to fruition.
Yet, I began to feel myself slowly, subtly, almost imperceptibly slipping into…I couldn’t even say. My enthusiasm waned. I wasn’t as happy. I felt mildly overwhelmed, slightly off kilter. But it made no sense. I loved everything I was doing!
Then I went to visit my daughter, the farmer. There, down on the farm, Mother Nature taught me a mighty lesson: The Power of Pruning.
One of my daughter’s chores was pruning the fruit trees. Last year, the farm had a disappointing crop. The problem was they weren’t pruned enough.
“If you don’t prune back most of the new buds,” Anna explained, “too much of the tree’s energy goes into producing foliage instead of growing fruit.”
Without sufficient pruning, she continued, trees spread themselves too thin, reducing the amount of fruit they bear.
In my world, everything’s a metaphor.
Was I, like a fruit tree, spreading myself too thin? Was I letting too many budding projects sap my creativity, my energy, my focus?
I started wondering: if I cut back my output, would I, in the long term, bear more fruit?
Now we get to my confession. This is exactly what I’ve been teaching in Sacred Success™. Yet (gulp) part of me is scared to cut back. The other part knows I need to.
What do you think? I welcome your advice.