What season are you in?
This is winter, says Mother Nature and you cannot argue with her. The calendar says winter begins on Dec. 21.
Who are you going to believe? Nature or the calendar?
Let the people in the Midwest who have been experiencing severe snow storm answer that question for you. The calendar is just a guide. What is happening around us is reality, and reality says it is cold and when it is this cold we call it winter.
But the season I am talking about is not so much the physical season as manifested in nature but the season of your life. And it is not the season as reflected in your age, either. It is the season that is more reflective of planting and reaping as it relates to our lives.
In leadership there are four seasons. But in life there are four seasons as well. Which direction should you be going as a leader or a person?
Reflecting on these four seasons will help you to determine what you should be doing so you can make the best choices for your season of life.
For many people winter is a time to hibernate … to go indoors and take it easy. But for those people who are smart winter is the time for planning. It is the time to for brainstorming, thinking, dreaming or revisiting old dreams. It is the time to develop strategies and make plans to fulfill your dreams.
Winter is not necessarily a time of the year but a certain time in your life. No time should be wasted. You should be able to identify the season you are in and take appropriate action.
Sometimes you can create your own sequence of seasons, which may or may not match those on the calendar.
Next there is spring, the season for planting. Spring is not the time for daydreams, it is the time for work. If we want to reap we have to sow, and spring is the time to sow seeds and begin to pay the price for future success. It sets the stage for the summer season and the more seeds you can sow, ideas you can implement, projects you can get off the ground, the greater will be your chances of creating successes during your summer.
After spring comes summer. Summer is the season of perspiration. If you live in South Carolina as we do, you know about heat. The summer of our lives is the time for personal growth. It is a time when we work hard on ourselves to develop ourselves. It is the time when we avail ourselves of opportunities and work hard to convert them into successes.
Summer can be tiresome, it is the time when we perspire most, but it can set the stage for great rewards. The summer of our lives will determine the kind of fall we have.
As you can imagine fall should be a time to celebrate your accomplishments. Instead many people view their life with regret. They did not do what they should have done during the other seasons.
For those who understood their seasons and followed through by taking appropriate action they can celebrate the outcome of their hard work.
The key to success is all in knowing your season, knowing what to do, and doing it. The concept of sowing and reaping is built into nature. If we are faithful in following it, it will be faithful in rewarding us.