Ahhh spring. The smell is in the air. The blooms are popping everywhere. The grass is greening up all over town. I love this time of year!
As the sun warms the earth and nature springs back to life, I start to think about my own growth.
I’m reminded of a great quote that a friend of mine frequently repeated, “If you’re green, you’re growing. If you’re ripe, you’re rotten.” This saying is excellent to reflect on this time of year as the grass and flowers start growing and the memories of the stark, cold winter fade away. Growth, in all things, indicates that we are moving, improving, getting better, and striving for more.
How do we continue our own growth? It all starts by accepting the fact that we need to think of ourselves as “green” and need to live with a vision that we constantly need to learn new things. “Staying green” means that we yearn for growth and strive for improvement. We need to fertilize our minds with new information and feed our hands with new skills. The minute that we become satisfied with our growth is the minute that our lives begin to wither on the vine.
So what do we do? Start here…
Set new learning goals… What do you want to learn? It can be anything…art, music, poetry, leadership skills. Don’t limit yourself. What piques your interest? Define the goal. Be specific.
Set an action plan… Be specific about what actions you’re going to take. What exactly are you going to do and how are you going to do it? With today’s technology, you can probably find a tutorial on it. YouTube or Lynda.com are amazing resources!
Set a timeline…. Define when you are going to take the actions. When do you want to have the learning completed? Write it down. Put it on your calendar. Remember, “Someday” never comes.
Start. Don’t wait for the perfect time or the right moment. Do it now. Once you do, you’ll start building momentum to keep it going. If you don’t start, it will be easy to forget and easy to quit!
Then, once you’ve learned it, start all over with something else or add on some additional enhancements of what you just learned! Learning needs to be a constant for constant growth!
Stay Green my friends!