It is unfortunate but a true statement that almost all of us have a self-limiting view of ourselves. We express it in a million different ways, but some of them may sound familiar to you. I am too young, too old, too fat, too weak, too inexperienced, too poorly educated. I am computer illiterate, I read poorly, I don’t do math, I burn toast, I am not pretty enough – and on and on it goes. Almost every day our lizard-brain clicks into gear and slows us down, preventing us from achieving our potential. It is so sad to hear comments like these. We have all heard them, usually every day. Chances are that we have all used them in an attempt to convince ourselves that we either don’t want to put in the effort required, or that we feel inadequte when we compare our weaknesses to others’ strengths.
This little tree was planted in July or August. At the time it did not have a leaf. Who would have thought the less of it had it only produced a few leaves and concentrated on putting forth a couple of branches? But no – this is a cherry tree – and it wanted to make a statement. So the cherry started to grow before the leaves. No-one expects fruit in the first year from a cherry tree. No-one expects much when we are just starting off. But what better time than that to put down a stamp, to mark the spot and say that we are going to excel, that we are going to do what is required, that we are going beyond the mark to make a statement and prove to the world that we can do better than mediocre.
It is never too late to start. But then again – it is never too early either. Be fearless and go for it. Chances are that you will astound yourself, and you will hear the rest of the world whispering that they knew you could do it.