“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.

The second best time is today.”


I’m not sure where I heard this. Maybe an ancient Chinese proverb.

MAybe my grandfather told me. It’s worth taking the time to ponder.


Many folks have dreams, desires or goals, but just don’t do anything to reach them.



I believe there are 3 main reasons:


For those who are older, the excuse is “I don’t have time,” or “It’s too late.”


For those who are younger, they have huge dreams, but don’t know where to start or how to go about getting what they desire. It just seems too big.


And for most, it is simply a sense of overwhelm. They “have too much going on right now.” Laundry, homework, study for test, get a new job, paint the house, fix the car, prepare tax returns, etc.


So here is the simple fix. Get ready, because it really is simple. So simple in fact, that most people miss it.


Before I tell you how to beat overwhelm, feeling like your dreams are too big or feeling like you are too late, think of this:


In Montana, we are surrounded with natural beauty. Mountains, rivers, and forests filled with huge trees. Where did the trees come from? I am talking about each individual tree.  They each began as a single seed. A single seed that just stuck in there and kept growing. That did a little every day and did not quit. On my street, there are some spruce trees that are easily 40 feet tall. Huge. And they are not the largest trees in the neighborhood.


I think you can see where I am going with this.

Here’s another question. How tall will a tree grow?

The answer is, as tall as it can. A tree will grow to the maximum size possible in the conditions it is planted.


What about people? How “tall” (metaphor) will a person grow? Will they grow to reach their potential? Most do not. Even if they have a great environment, most will not step forward to meet their highest ability, calling or potential. Somehow, we become comfortable with being less than we can be.


But not you. Or you wouldn’t be reading this, right?


So back to our simple fix to defeat overwhelm, a feeling that it’s too late or the feeling that your dream is just too big. Here you go:

Just start.


Start today.

Start now.

Take a step in the direction you want to go. Plant your seed and begin to nurture it.

Don’t worry if you don’t achieve your goal right away. The bigger the dream, the more time it needs to grow. The fact that you begin now will help eliminate the obstacles, which are usually just worn out excuses.

“I’m tired.”

“I’m too old”

“I’m too young”

“I don’t know anyone in town.”

“I’m too shy” too tall, too short, too fat, too skinny, blah blah blah.


Just excuses. Kill them with action. Start today. Take a step in the direction of your goal. And tomorrow take another single step. As long as you don’t quit, you will arrive at your destination.



Remember, the mighty oak tree was once just a little nut that held it’s ground.


Until next time, stay focused. Become great.