"One Bulb at a Time" - Crucial Advice for Reaching Goals

One bulb at a time.  At least that’s how the story goes to explain the above field of daffodils.   Nearly one million were planted over a period of forty years.

Ever feel like you’re never going to accomplish your goals?  Sometimes we set rather large ones for ourselves--yet they are attainable. 

We’ve heard it said before, ‘break down larger goals into smaller ones’.  And the advice is sound.  Think about writing a novel.  The task may seem very daunting when you start out, but as the words start to flow, the story comes together, and before you know it you’ve written a full length novel.

Maybe you have yet to reach your goal of completing a novel.  Take heart.  A book may be made up of 60,000-100,000+ words, but when you break that down, what do you have?  One word at a time.

The same advice and mindset can be taken when in the editing process, which can sometimes feel more daunting than a first draft.

But maybe your struggle isn’t with your writing at this time.  Maybe it’s another goal you have.  You want to learn a new language?  Possibly your goal is to lose weight?  The possibilities are endless.

Why not adjust your thinking to the mindset of “one bulb at a time”, one day at a time...whatever applies to your situation, but you get the point.  Great things are only accomplished over time with determination and pacing.

I thank my sister for sending me the email story about the daffodils which inspired this post.  Here's a link to a post that includes the true life story.


  1. Awesome photo. I wonder what the whole story of planting the daffodils was. I'd like to think it was some kind of love story.


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