I recently came across a great saying, “Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest without planting seeds.”
I like to think of my fallow periods as a time to plant powerful seeds. Like gardening, you reap what you sow.
As many of you know, I love to garden. In the winter I rest up and with the first hint of spring I am off to the nursery to start my masterpiece. Different than other facets of my life, while gardening I plant without discipline, rhyme or reason. I plant from the heart. I grab from the many rows of beautiful colors, shapes, and sizes and I place them haphazardly into the first pot I see. I then pray for the best.
That is where my uncharacteristic behavior starts and ends, and then discipline comes in.
This winter was one for the books in regards to the weather. As my mother always reminds me in challenging times, “This might be a good time to take stock in your life”. Well I am sure like me you have had your fair share of reflection time during Mother Nature’s imposed fallow period.
Now spring is finally here, the fallow period has lifted, what’s next?
First, like in gardening you must clear the field. We have all had plenty of time to do our spring cleaning this winter. When I talk about cleaning our closets, I refer to this both physically and spiritually. When removing the cobwebs from our closets, it is also good to remove the dust-bunnies from our heads. What have you been putting off? Who or what have you been avoiding? What important action have you not taken?
Next you must decide what seeds to plant and how many. I embrace my fallow periods as times to learn. I am an avid reader, life learner, and a self-proclaimed audio book junkie. Spring is a great time to enroll in a course or even go back to school. This winter I enrolled in a certificate program to become a life coach, and I am loving it! The more seeds of knowledge you plant the more successful you will be!
Surround yourself with Sunshine! I use sunshine as an analogy for happy positive people and situations. You are the company you keep.
People like plants need oxygen to grow, so take a deep breath. Meditate if you can, or just breathe in deeply in times of stress.
Lastly, plants need plenty of water and nutrients. Eating healthy gives us the energy we need to think and be productive. I go to work every week with tons of raw vegetables, hummus and other healthy snacks. Pre-planning always helps us avoid unhealthy eating pitfalls.
Happy Spring! I hope your fallow period reaps a beautiful harvest, and that you continue to plant new seeds for future success.