You Are Not A Tree

November 15, 2013 — 21 Comments
You Are Not A Tree | Joseph Lalonde

How many times do you get stuck in a routine you hate? Maybe it’s not a routine but a job you dislike?

Many people are of the mindset that they’re stuck in the job. They can’t move on.

Well, good news. You’re not a tree.

You are not a tree

Image by Louise Docker

A tree, for the most part, is unmovable. Once a tree’s roots have sunk into the soil and created a solid foundation, the tree is there until it’s dead. And then it falls over.

The same doesn’t have to apply to you.

If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.
— Jim Rohn: American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker

In a job you can’t stand?

Quit. Take action. Find another job. Start a business. Don’t stand still.

You are not a tree.

Don’t like where you live?

Move. Find someplace you enjoy better. Go there and live.

You are not a tree.

Not happy in a relationship?

Dump them. Find another girlfriend. Give up dating for awhile. (Except if you’re married. Then stick it out, work it out, and honor your vows.)

You are not a tree.

Can’t stand your current set of friends?

Go find new ones. Get to know new people. Find people you resonate with. Don’t stick with the old.

You are not a tree.

Do you get my drift? Where ever you are in life, you don’t have to stay there.

Be willing to shift where you’re at. Find a way to defeat the things you don’t like.

Change your life.

Question: What do you need to change in your life today? If you feel comfortable, share it in the comment section below.

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  • rcsinclair952

    By all means, if an environment becomes toxic, leave!! But just be aware, when you move on, make sure that you are just not running from yourself. Or you will be making the same mistakes, only in a new location.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      That’s a good disclaimer Bob. Sometimes we get the Grass Is Greener thought pattern going on. We’ve got to make sure we’re moving for the right reasons. How do you decide if it’s a situation or yourself that needs changing?

      • rcsinclair952

        You can’t always control the world around you, but you can control how you react to the circumstances. I would examine that first before making any sudden moves. And (excuse my pun), sometimes you can get great strength by examining your “roots”. (Family and friends.) Then, and only end, would I think about moving on.

  • http://www.crazyenoughtotry.com/ Ryan Bonaparte

    Great thoughts.

    It really is amazing how often we think that we are stuck in our current situation when in actuality it’s only our mindset that’s stuck. Especially if we start to think creatively about finding a solution. We come up with excuses on why we need “this” job or “these” friends, when really we just need “a” job and “good” friends.

    Personally, I need to change my living arrangement. I keep thinking I won’t find a better place, but I’m just putting limits on myself.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Oh so true Ryan. I’ve known plenty of people who were stuck in a job or situation they hated because they felt there was no other option. Once they discovered the other options, their lives drastically changed.

      What’s one step you could take today to change your living arrangements? Are you willing to action on it today?

      • http://www.crazyenoughtotry.com/ Ryan Bonaparte

        The one step that I could do would be to actually start looking. Often times that’s really all it takes to get someone moving and ready to make the changes they want in their lives. Just the will to start.

        While moving right now wouldn’t be the smartest idea as my future is pretty up in the air for the next couple of months, I think that once I finish up some of my projects, that’s the next one on my list.

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

          Awesome Ryan. I look forward to some great things from you. What kind of projects are you finishing up right now?

          • http://www.crazyenoughtotry.com/ Ryan Bonaparte

            Right now my focus is on helping people find their passions. So I just published the paperback version of my book, in which I try to draw connections between various passionate people. Also, I’m working on some other ideas/projects in the invention arena, which while they are still in their fledgling stage, leave me curious about where my plans might take me in the future. Thanks for asking!

  • http://zechariahnewman.com/ Zech Newman

    Good post Joe. All to often people including my self except second best. Thanks for the reminder!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      I struggle with that too. Zech, we have to get over that second best feeling. We weren’t put here for second best but the best.

  • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jon D Harrison

    Joe, this also reminds me of the quote “The grass is greenest where you water it”

    We are not stuck, but sometimes we need to invest in where we are before uprooting and going on to the next thing – I really like the analogy!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      I like that quote Jon. It’s truth that’s hard to hear. Sometimes we fail to take care of where we’re at and we wonder why things are better. We’ve neglected to take the time to nurture the important things in life.

  • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

    Such good advice, life is far too short to live like a tree!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Thanks Kimanzi. I know you’re not living like a tree. You’re finishing up the preparations for Hawaii, right?

  • http://www.mondayisgood.com/ Tom Dixon

    Love it, Joe! I’d say, if you hate your job then get a new one and THEN quit. Sometimes you can quit first but it is much easier to find a new job when you have a job, and it keeps the lights on!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      I agree with you Tom. Re-reading what I wrote, it almost sounds as if I’m advocating to quit first and then do something to find another job.

      That’s not what I meant. It’s much easier to transition into a new job when you’ve still got the safety net of the old.

  • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

    Great post brother! Sharing this now…

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Thanks Kevin. I appreciate you sharing the post!

  • http://www.buildyoursoulpurpose.com/ Brandon R Allen

    Wait. You mean, we shouldn’t be victims? :)

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Well, you know..

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