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I’ve found myself talking a lot about Thinking Big recently. One metaphor that keeps coming up for me is the Story of the Orchard. In the past I’ve thought big, but never acted big – I’ve lacked the confidence to believe in my vision. It is natural to have doubts over a grand vision and there are always people on hand to knock your ideas and run you down. Finding the self-confidence, dedication and patience to stick with the plan is a real challenge.
This story is about a farmer who had a run down field at the back of her house. The farmer told her friend that one day that field would grow the best fruit in the county. He laughed at her, “Ridiculous, that land is a disaster and it always has been – totally infertile and covered in weeds. What a waste of time!”
Through the heat of the summer, the farmer toiled in the sun to pull out the thick-set weeds. Sometimes she just wanted to pack it in and hide in the farmhouse. When the land was cleared, she had to pick out the huge rocks and stones in the soil one by one. It was backbreaking and her friend came by to remind her that she was wasting her time, every day. She ploughed and fertilised the land, breaking several plough blades on hidden rocks along the way. The thought crossed her mind “I am ridiculous” but she pictured the golden apples and strove on.
The farmer invested a good portion of her savings in the best seeds and cuttings she could afford and planted them. She tended the young plants diligently. The first year, there was a severe frost and most of the young plants were killed, however a few survived and that summer she got some beautiful strawberries. She decided to give it one more go and follow her dream. As the years went by, the sun and rain helped the plants become mighty trees. Before too long, the trees were groaning with sweet luscious fruit – much more than the farmer could ever use. She shared the fruit with the whole county and particularly her friend who had mocked her on every occasion. Before long, everyone was taking cuttings and seeds to grow their own fruit and no-one could contemplate not having an orchard.
This story shows that when you think big, everything is possible. The key is to believe enough in your thoughts and overcome those around who think you are crazy. Having a clear vision and plan is important. Even more important is being patient and grateful and seeing potential challenges as part of the overall success. In the end thinking big can yield fruit for you, those around you and even change the world that you live in.
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