A friend and TED* enthusiast recently turned me onto Greg Bell and his book Water the Bamboo: Unleashing the Potential of Teams and Individuals.  Just visiting his website, it is clear that Greg is a Creator supporting the growth and development of his clients and readers to adopt a Creator Orientation in their lives and livelihoods.

I love his description and why he uses the metaphor of the bamboo:

When giant timber bamboo grows, it will rocket up an astonishing 90 feet in only 60 days. (Now that’s growth!) Typically, bamboo farmers will tend a single seed for at least three years before they see any signs of growth. Do you have that kind of vision, faith, patience, persistence and focus to achieve what you want? Those who catch the spirit and understand the principles of the bamboo farmer will see their visions suddenly explode into reality – seemingly out of nowhere.

It is a powerful reminder that bringing your vision into being takes time, persistence, faith, perseverance, and lots and lots of tending – even when there is no current reality evidence of growth.  In The Power of TED* we do this “tending” by harnessing Dynamic Tension and creating our envisioned outcomes by taking the daily “baby steps” to cultivate and build momentum toward manifesting our dreams.  We never know when the next baby step we take is going to result in a quantum leap forward – much like Greg’s image of the exploding bamboo shoot!

What vision (bamboo shoot) are you tending in your life right now?

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