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#4 Seasons of Life

Updated: Oct 2, 2022

Last week I felt the first pinch of cold in the air and that signalled the seamless transition from summer into autumn which makes this issue the perfect time to discuss the #4 seasons of our own lives, and reflect on the lessons Jim Rohn set out in his book “The Seasons of Life”.


“Life and business are like the changing seasons. You cannot change the seasons, but you can change yourself. Therein lies the opportunity to live an extraordinary life–the opportunity to change yourself”

- Jim Rohn

The Seasons of Life

In his book, the four seasons in nature are used as an analogy for the cycle of life and the different experiences we encounter as we transition through each stage. When we recognise the season we are in we can make changes and adapt to utilise each season effectively rather than going against the grain which can diminish our motivation and results.

  1. Spring - Time to Act, take risks & grab the opportunity Spring is full of opportunity and the ideal time to take risks and act, both of which are perquisites for any reward. Carpe diem and walk through every door as it's the time to sew our seeds in the hope that they will blossom into a fortune which favours brave.

  2. Summer - Time to nourish & protect Summer is when our efforts hopefully begin to pay off and the path to our goals becomes clearer. Contrary to popular belief it is not the time to relax, instead, it's the opportune moment to fertilise good habits, pull out the weeds (bad habits) and nourish and protect our momentum to ensure a successful harvest.

  3. Autumn - Time to reap success & failure Autumn is the period when we discover whether the seeds we planted in spring withered and died or blossomed ready for harvest. It is a time to celebrate our wins but equally to learn from our failures so we are better prepared for the next cycle.

  4. Winter - Time to rest, prepare & learn Winter is characterised by cold, long, hard periods of difficulty and adversity in our lives which we can expect no shortage of. This time is best used to rest, sharpen our tools and prepare for the road ahead.


Don’t Count the Days

In terms of goals, recognising which season we’re in enables us to align with the environment, adapt to our circumstances, and execute when it matters most. Seasons can help to set realistic expectations and offer a refreshing perspective at times when everything feels lost and hopeless. Whatever the weather, don’t count the days, make the days count and make the most out of each season because each contains a unique value.


The Last Time

This week I was organising all my photos dating back to 2007 on my laptop and as I went through each calendar year and observed the developments in myself and my friends (physically, mentally and spiritually) all I could think about was the seasons of my own life and how time is well and truly flying. I remember reading - each day spent means we have one less day to spend - and as harsh and sombre as that message is, it’s a cold reminder to value our time above everything, spend it wisely and treat it like a gift. I think we can all lose sight of this from time to time because life is busy and full of surprises but for me these types of reminders make me pause for some honest reflection and ask myself when all is said and done, would I be happy with the way I spent my time? If not I know I’ve got some radical changes to make. In one of Sam Harris’s meditations on his Waking Up App, he said

“No matter how many times you do something, there will come a time when you do it for the last time.”

- Sam Harris


My example was when I went on my last night out with everyone at university without even realising it was our last night together. Somehow these things creep up on us and what Sam’s lesson has taught me is that when we look at experiences as finite (even the mundane ones) we cherish them instead of taking them for granted, and feel a deep sense of gratitude for today because tomorrow is not promised.


Remember that spring is always just around the corner.


Have a great weekend and we’ll catch up soon.


Taz


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“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow”

- Albert Einstein


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