Tag Archives: Persist

Dreams are like Dandelions

27 Jun

It is said that if you make a wish and blow off all of a dandelion’s seeds in one breath, your wish will come true.

But have you noticed that there are always one or two seeds left clutching on?

And, have you ever thought about just how representative this is of making our dreams come true?

In order to make a dream come true, we need a lot of energy to make the necessary actions. We plough forward and our initial enthusiasm gets us closer and closer to our dream. In this way, we blow off most of the dandelion seeds in one go.

Then, suddenly, we come across a challenge – the dandelion’s two remaining seeds cannot be blown off with our first breath, with our first attempt.

We must pause.

With the dandelion, we use this pause to take a new, bigger breath, in order to blow with more energy than the first time round. With our dreams, however, we are tempted to stop altogether, because, unlike with a dandelion, we cannot see that there are only two seeds left to blow off, only one last effort to make.

All of the dandelion’s seeds will fly off if we give enough energy and if we persist when the seeds resist.

The challenges we face when realising our dreams are just like those seeds.

Chris Ratzlaff Photography

Take a deep breath and make your wish come true!

Form One Good Habit at a Time

11 Mar

Forming one good habit at a time is the best path to the lifestyle that you desire. When we have a list of things we want to improve in our lives (eat healthier, do more sport, get more fresh air, spend more time with family, learn an instrument…), it is very easy to be overwhelmed by all of the changes we need to make in order to make them happen. This can paralyse us into not doing anything at all, because we can’t imagine being able to manage everything at once.

Yet when we form one good habit at a time, we allow ourselves the time to introduce a small change into our lives. Our everyday life isn’t overthrown by this new habit, which makes it easier for us to integrate it into our current routine. A month ago, I stopped drinking coffee in the morning; two weeks ago, I started eating a healthier breakfast; and last week I started doing regular exercise. Giving myself time to get used to these changes made it easier for me to keep them up.

Modern trends advertise fast results, that require extreme changes in our lifestyle. However, a study carried out by Phillippa Lally showed that, on average, it takes around 66 days for us to form a habit. Lasting results come about from continued effort. If we persist, slowly but surely, with a new good habit, we will benefit from all the positive things that this brings into our lives. And to make this easier, we shouldn’t try and achieve everything at once, but take it one step at a time.