Change May Require You To Plant Something New
While talking with someone last week about their experience with my new book, Getting the Blue Ribbon, they asked about my background. When I told them that prior to becoming a professional speaker and author I was a horticulture teacher, they said, "Oh.... then I have a question for you."
He went on to explain that he had an apple tree at his home that was not growing tasty apples. He said they were plentiful, but the taste was just not what he wanted. He continued by saying that his neighbor had an apple tree that produced the most wonderful apples. "Is there any way I can make my tree produce better apples?" was his question. My honest response was "No, your best course of action is to leave it (for the animals that like the apples and the tree) and focus your time on planting a new tree that will produce those tasty apples. He was not overly excited about that option since the tree was 25 years old and it will take a long time to grow a new tree that produces a significant number of delicious apples.
Change sometimes only requires that you tweak your environment to get the results you want. In other situations major pruning is needed for the change to become a reality. In cases like my friend with the older tree, however, the best solution is simply to start something new. Yes, it will take a while and the input is greater, but it is the only way to get the desired result-tasty apples growing in his back yard.
Remember the Chinese proverb which speaks to the urgency for planting trees or initiating change:
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.