This past week marked the annual event called the Vernal Equinox or spring! I know in many parts of the country this is hard to believe especially with the east coast bracing for yet another snowstorm, however the calendar doesn’t lie.
Spring is a time of renewal and new beginnings. It signals the start of new growth and change. As the earth awakens from its winter slumber the sounds and smells of spring are tickling the senses reminding us of the changing of seasons. Spring is also a perfect time to acknowledge the changes that we need to make in our life, especially if your life is feeling stale and stagnant.
I remember as a child, each spring my grandmother would declutter and get rid of those things that she no longer needed or used. We should also utilize this concept to assess our personal lives. In other words, look at your life and ask yourself, “what behaviors and habits are holding me back from reaching my 2018 goals?” As we approach the end of the first quarter of the year, you should have a pretty good idea if you are on track to hit your goals. In most cases we fall short not because we lack good intentions, but rather we lack the discipline to eliminate the clutter in our lives that distract us from our most important tasks (MIT’s).
Keeping your head buried in the sand and not identifying the clutter will ultimately lead to additional frustration, disappointment and lack of results.
What tasks do you engage in that you should outsource, delegate or eliminate? We all have them. Identify the things you are not good at or simply dislike doing and figure out what category they fall under. Make your list and create an action plan. When we free ourselves of the emotional burdens and negative thoughts associated with these activities, we become massively productive. It’s like cultivating the soil for new growth.
Once our soil is ready for planting we need to fertilize the soil to speed up the yield. This step requires you to identify someone who will be willing to help or mentor you. It has been shown that a mentor can increase the rate of success by the power of 10x. Imagine what your 401K would look like if you received those returns? Another option would be to find a book, podcast or video that can teach you a new skill to enhance your results.
The final step to ensure a bountiful harvest is regular water and sunshine. This means trust the process. Stay committed to the changes you have made and avoid falling back into your previous habits. Persistence is the key! Far too many people give up on a goal just before they are about to break through.