The summer of 2012 set records across the country for high temperatures. It was a brutally hot and dry summer. We also experienced a severe drought across much of the country. To combat the heat and drought, I watered my backyard vegetable garden every single day for at least 10 minutes. The soil never went dry. It was always moist.
Surprisingly, my garden did not produce high quality or a large quantity of vegetables in 2012. It should have because I watered it so much. Maybe I over watered it. Okay, I definitely over watered the garden. Watering a vegetable garden is a good thing. But it is possible to over water it. I did more damage than good because I was drowning the plants.
You can also over water things besides plants. Of course, I’m talking metaphorically here. You can have too much of a good thing. Good things are good in small doses but when you get too much, something bad will result.
A young man and woman begin dating and they spend every day together. They have so much fun each day and think they can continue this forever. Then, a month or two later they find themselves making excuses to not see each other. Why? They had too much of a good thing.
You have a craving for ice cream one evening so you grab the container and sit down in front of the tv. Before you know it, you’ve eaten the entire half-gallon. It was so good you couldn’t help yourself. In 20 minutes, however, your body tells you that you had too much of a good thing.
You’ve felt terrible for months, maybe even years, and finally decide to take drastic action. You design a bland and low consumption diet plan and a rigorous exercise routine. You go cold turkey and start the diet and exercise program. It lasts for three days. At the end of the three days, you give up. You’re so hungry and sore. You had too much of a good thing.
Over watering can occur in just about anything. You will think, “If a little is good, more will be better.” Be careful with this mentality. It’s not always true. Since over watering is very possible and highly probably by most people, what can you do to keep it from happening?
1. Start with the end in mind – Determining the desired result should always be your first step. You don’t want to rely on accidents or luck to get where you’re going. You want to clearly know where you are going. How will you know what to do to reach your goal if you haven’t clearly stated your goal from the beginning.
Maybe you simply want a promotion. Or, maybe you are planning far into the future and want to be a director in your company. You need to set a plan to get there. It has been said that people over estimate what they can accomplish in one year but under estimate what they can accomplish in five years. Set your goal and determine the plan to realize that goal.
2. Determine the minimum dose – You first need to determine the minimum dose needed to realize the result you desire. You can determine the minimum dose in two ways. First, you can research the problem. Someone else has had the problem before and there is likely a resource you can find on the internet. If that doesn’t work, ask someone for help. Either way, you’re researching the problem.
Second is trial and error. You can experiment. This will likely be the most time-consuming way to figure your minimum dose. Certain experiments may take months or years to come up with an answer. For these problems, research is your best way. For shorter term initiatives, experimentation may be good for you. Not only will you find out what works, you will also find out what doesn’t work.
3. Focus – A major problem today is people don’t focus. We get so distracted by everything around us. We think we can focus on more than one project at a time but we really can’t. You can only do one thing at a time. Multitasking is impossible. Don’t try it. Instead, Follow One Course Until Successful.
If you follow that one course, you will not be prone to continue doing something that doesn’t work, even if you think it’s good. Following the course does not mean you will do the same thing over and over again. Instead, it means you will work toward one goal and change methodology if needed. It takes an open-minded person to truly focus.
Now you know the issues with and the way to not have too much of a good thing. Do you recognize any areas of your life that you’ve had too much of something good? You thought you were doing the right things but you did them too much and didn’t ever change. What are you going to do about it?