The Conditions Will Never be Perfect


If someone offers you an amazing opportunity, but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later – Richard Branson

Every day, on my way to work, I walk past a long curved wall. I’m guessing the wall has been there for over 100 years. The houses sitting behind the wall were built in the 1800’s.

The wall, due to its age, has little pockets of broken stone and various cracks, from being exposed to the elements.

Every time I walk past the plant life always catches my eye. At regular intervals you will see plants growing out of the wall and in some cases, actually flowering.

A place where the conditions are not right for growth, yet incredibly nature finds a way.

As a child I clearly remember being taught how a plant can grow from a small seed or bulb. Making sure you have the right soil and the right amount of water. Without this happening, nothing would grow.

For the plants in the wall the rules did not seem to apply. The wall has no soil and nobody is tending to the plants in the wall. However, this wall (which is approx 40ft long) has many plants growing from it.

The plants are not waiting for the conditions to be perfect, they just need the basics for growth.

Their hunger and desire to establish and survive is far greater than their fear of failing, due to the conditions being imperfect.

How many times have you been presented with opportunity and not taken it? How many times have you convinced yourself that the conditions were not quite correct? How many times have you looked back and wished you had done it anyway?

Perhaps we reject the opportunity because we are unsure on what the opportunity means and therefore create excuses – waiting for the perfect conditions to come about.

The reality of the situation is the conditions will never be perfect.

Understanding what you want, what your goals are and your sense of purpose are incredibly important in grasping the opportunity.

I encourage you to spend some time reflecting on your goals and what you want.

Does your daily/weekly/monthly activity match with your goals?

If not, why not and how can you change this?
What support will you need from other people to help you achieve this?

If the answer was yes, how can you share your goals with others, making you more accountable along the way?

Remember, the conditions will never be perfect.

Believe and take action.

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