One Word Infecting My Brain Like the Parable of the Water Hyacinth

A few weeks ago, I responded to one of those cliché posts.

You know the ones. They’re the ones that go for cheap thrills by encouraging short and easy answers.

I’m not being a hater, bear with me for a moment.

This particular question was something like, “What is one word to describe your 2022 focus?”

I thought for a moment, typed “Becoming”, and went about my day.

The Parable of the Water Hyacinth from Jeff Olson’s book “The Slight Edge”

The story describes how a water hyacinth grows steadily each day until it covers the entire surface of a pond. The growth is unnoticeable at first, given the small starting size of the plant. The impact of the daily growth becomes apparent only after some time has gone by, eventually completely covering everything and taking over the entire ecosystem.

The word “becoming” ended up like the water hyacinth. Spreading. Growing. Taking over.

Becoming a sales leader.

Becoming a writer.

Becoming a better husband and father.

It consumes my thoughts and fuels a motivational inferno.

And yet, as I get closer to some of these goals I’m learning an ever more-important truth.

What you “get” by achieving your aspirations pales in comparison to who you “become” along the way.

Who are you becoming today?

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