I came across this yesterday when exploring the nearby woods. It struck me that this is what has happened to myself and RichThinkers in the last year. After my course How to Raise Your Prices, Charge What You’re Really Worth, and Get It! finished last August, I simply put down my tools. Apart from continuing to see a handful of clients and writing this newsletter, I have done no work at all on the business.
So what happens when a tree is uprooted? It looks all out of place, at first. There is shock, especially if it is a tree you have been used to seeing every day, simply standing there, being a tree through all the seasons. Suddenly there is a gap, a missing piece in a familiar landscape. Suddenly, there may be a tree trunk to walk around or over. Suddenly, your view of life gets changed, whether you like it or not.
There is a loss of what there was before, and it takes some time to get used to this. But get used to it you do, slowly, and step by step. Regarding the tree, you begin to think it normal to step over the fallen trunk, or to see what was previously hidden by the leaves and branches. You begin to accept the new situation in the woods.
Then, slowly, out of this acceptance, you notice that animals and insects find it as a new source of food; seeds fall on it; and new life begins to grow..
I trust that is what is happening now, or about to happen, with RichThinkers. New life, new growth, all kinds of new possibilities. Watch out for them over this summer; as the new shoots appear to me, I will be telling you about them through this newsletter, Facebook, and other social media.
So where in your life has there been an uprooting? Perhaps it is happening right now, or it’s something you can identify with in your past. It’s helpful to acknowledge uprootings, because they happen all the time, in the form of business collapses, jobs being made redundant, loss of life, divorce, serious illness, law suits, serious debt – any of the major life events, whether or not to do directly with your business, will have an impact on it.
Take a moment to acknowledge to yourself an uprooting in your own life, and notice how you dealt with it (or indeed, are dealing with it). Identify what you did to cope – what worked and what didn’t work. I know for myself that putting aside judgment has been essential – either positive or negative. An emphasis on accepting what is, whatever that is, without any form of criticism or praise, allows instead a breath of air to blow into the situation. With fresh air comes fresh ways of looking at circumstances; fresh ideas presenting themselves; and beginning to see myself in a fresh, new life. Just like the new shoots on the uprooted tree, seeds can be planted that will themselves grow into a new form of life. Uprooting becomes an opportunity, instead of a calamity, and blossoming can happen on all fronts – just like the primroses below.