Every year has four seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. These seasons bring different changes and weather patterns. In our life we also experience different seasons. King Solomon wrote, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Along with the different seasons of life and weather comes seasons of personal growth. Below are the four seasons of personal growth:
This is the first season because a person has to first discover or have a revelation about the importance and value of personal growth. Growth can never be forced but requires the person to buy in and take ownership of their growth. Required work trainings only goes so far if the person resists what is being taught. The person must personally choose to participate in the growth process. Those who know the value of personal growth begin to be intentional and disciplined in growing themselves.
After beginning the process and knowing the value of personal growth comes the season of growing and learning. The season usually starts with the person enthusiastically and energetically growing and learning then later in the season levels off. It’s important to remember this should be a lifelong process, though at times a person might spend less time in personal growth.
When I worked as a Residential Care Worker within a house setting I had a lot of downtime. During those times instead of watching TV I would invest my time reading books. If you want to find a good leadership book I recommend reading Nathan Magnuson’s post Favorite Books on Leadership. I specifically focused reading and my personal growth in areas of personal strengths and passions. Reading books is one of the many ways a person can grow and learn.
This is an essential season to personal growth because it’s when you begin to apply and implement what you have learned into your life and leadership. When this happens what you learned becomes relevant and concrete. If a person fails to implement overtime you will lose what you have learned. The time and effort we put into personal growth only will be maximized if we apply what we are learning. Develop a contributing mindset which says, I will intentionally use and share what I’m learning to add value to others.
Return on investment
This is the reaping and rewards seasons for growing. If you consistently and deliberately grow then at some point you will see the return on your investment. The ROI potentially can include:
- A job promotion
- Living a more significant and thriving life
- Increase of influence
- Personal success and achievement
- New opportunity’s
- Having better relationships and friendships
- Creating lasting impact long after your gone
- Growing in knowledge and wisdom
It is important to remember the words of Nabi Saleh who said, “After sowing there is a period of time when it looks like nothing is happening. All the growth is below the surface.” The key is to always be growing and learning so you will continue to reap the benefits.
Question: What knowledge and insights can you add to the four seasons of personal growth?