The Challenge of Spring
 
Sylvia Lane

When the season of Spring comes, we notice change around us.  The Earth is thawing from the cold of winter.  Animals who were hibernating come out into the sun.  We notice new plants beginning to sprout.  Flowers are budding, and an atmosphere of new opportunity dominates our thinking.  It’s a time of renewal, which causes us to assess our lives and ask ourselves questions like:

  • What do I want to do differently this year?
  • What projects have I put on hold that now can be restarted?
  • How do I move myself from THINKING to DOING?
  • What am I excited about accomplishing? What is less exciting to me?

Asking ourselves these questions is a good start as we come out of winter hibernation and look forward to a new season of rebirth and growth.

I will use myself as an example for how to embrace this “Challenge of Spring.”  I have a writing project that I plan to complete before the end of the calendar year.  I keep a journal of positive changes that seemed almost magical to me when they first occurred.  Now I accept that it is a combination of a strong belief in the possibility of change, actively visualizing the change, creating and implementing action steps, and using mental and spiritual practices to sustain and empower these actions.  Once I began to write things down, I gained clarity about resources available to me for deepening my understanding of what I was trying to accomplish.  Something about the writing seemed to make it all more concrete and real for me.  I feel excited and anxious about getting on with this work.

How have I gone about staying on target with this writing project? I practice these steps:

  1. Visualize — I have an inner vision of the finished project that I sustain with daily meditation. For example, for me the finished project will be Part I of a book.  I have an image of the Table of Contents and beginning to work on Chapter 1.
  2. Schedule Work Time — I set aside time daily to enter new thoughts and plans on the project into a special file.
  3. Check In — I clearly define the specific events, people, and description of what happened that created the positive outcome that I wanted to write about.
  4. Consider Resources — I consider the investment of time, money, supplies needed, etc. I let go of any limiting beliefs that resources may not be available, so I can come from abundance in completing my project.
  5. Follow Through — I schedule time. Write. Review. And the cycle continues.

By the end of the year, I will give feedback on my progress on this writing project for which I plan to have a draft ready to share.  The seeds that were planted this Spring will be ready to be harvested.

Do you have ideas that you want to put into a more action-oriented framework and timeframe?  Share with our readers what those plans are and strategies you’ve used and let us give you feedback and support. We look forward to sharing your success with you!

With Warm Regards,

Sylvia

 

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