Have you ever grown a lawn from seeds? I have, and they took only about four days to sprout. This time I decided I wanted a smoother lawn-look than fescue gave. After doing a bit of research, I decided to grow centipede grass.

I bought a bag of seed but failed to read the small print: Up to 30 days to sprout! And I had to keep the ground evenly moist at all times until they sprouted!

Oh, well, what was done was done, and I just had to keep on nurturing my investment. I jokingly told people that I had to go “water my dirt,” and at first I thought it was funny. But after about a week, I felt foolish standing there faithfully spraying the dirt with water twice a day, not knowing if they were ever going to sprout. I wondered what my backyard neighbor thought.

  • Persist in following and nurturing your plan, even if you look foolish.

I had done my part by preparing the soil properly. I kept telling myself, “The seeds are there — they didn’t go anywhere — and they’ll come up when they’re ready.” But I also had the thought, “What if they’re no good and won’t ever sprout? In that case, I’m watering dirt for up to a month for nothing!” That’s where the blind faith came in. I had to gamble on their potency and keep watering as the instructions said.

  • If you know you’ve done your part properly, rely on blind faith.

That didn’t stop me from creating a contingency plan. If the seeds turned out to be no good, I was going to call the number on the bag and use the company’s “unconditional” guarantee. (They’re smart to offer this for seeds that can take up to a month to germinate!)

  • Have in mind a contingency plan to keep yourself calm.

I was also going to either choose a faster-sprouting seed next or just make do this year with the small triangular patch of fescue I have now — which is thriving thanks to the twice daily watering!

  • Have a deadline in mind for changing the plan or implementing your contingency plan if things don’t come to fruition by that deadline. 

After 20 days of watering dirt twice a day in my backyard, the grass seeds sprouted! This is significant for me because it illustrates how persistence (with a little blind faith) pays off.

This germination was divine timing because the day before, I woke up feeling so overwhelmed with the technology I was trying to learn that I felt panic all day and also had a migraine. I was in limbic system freakout.

Here are a couple of techniques I use to get back into a positive frame of mind:

  • Listen to the doubting thoughts and then tell yourself a positive “What if…?” story.
  • Practice gratitude for what’s going well in your life right now. Even just trying to think of things to be grateful for triggers “happy” chemicals in your brain.

What I learned is to counteract my thoughts of doubt and keep going, having faith that what I’m investing in will work — as long as I don’t give up and keep following the plan.

I hope this helps you, too.


  • Summer Turner

    Empowering Introverts

    Summer Turner knows that introverts are more successful and fulfilled when they move forward in ways that honor their brain wiring instead of pushing themselves to act like extroverts. An experienced solution-focused strategy coach, course creator and instructor, Summer helps introverted women consultants, coaches and other solopreneurs creatively strategize introvert-brain-friendly paths to success and fulfillment. She has created a signature approach called The Tortoise Way™.