Imagine this scene for a moment.
An unruly, wild, and forgotten garden.
A space neglected for over 20 years, left to be swallowed up by time and nature.
A jigsaw of chaotic elements, each one competing for dominance.
It was a playground for weeds, the fence posts glued, absurdly, to the neighbour’s wall.
Patio slabs were thrown on top of each other, a makeshift solution to a more complex problem.
It was a garden in name only, more a testament to years of ignorance and neglect.
That was my garden. That was the challenge I faced.
The task to restore it to its former glory was a Herculean one.
Each glance at the disarray only seemed to amplify the enormity of the task.
Every weed, every overgrown bush was a reminder of how much work lay ahead.
And it was overwhelming. I felt buried under the weight of what needed to be done.
It was then my wife, in her wisdom, offered a simple piece of advice.
“Just move one pile of soil at a time.”
So, with a deep breath, I got into the digger.
And I focused on one pile.
Then, I moved onto the next one. And the next. And the one after that.
By the end of the weekend, I stood back and surveyed the scene.
And, to my surprise, the garden was transformed.
All those insurmountable piles had been moved, one by one.
Maybe you’re feeling like I did looking at that garden.
Your business, your projects, your tasks, all seeming too much.
My advice to you is the same my wife gave to me: Just focus on one pile at a time.
Do the next small thing you can.
That’s how mountains are moved and gardens are transformed.