When Enough is no Longer Enough
Are you satisfied with the life you’re living? Are your skills fully utilized in the workplace? Is your pay commensurate with your skills? Are you living up to your full potential? Are you making a difference in the world? Do you get the respect that you have earned?
We cannot expect different results if we continue to do the same things – always settling for less than we deserve. Perhaps it’s time to make a change, but DON’T, until you have created a plan of action.
In Jim Rohn’s The Seasons of Life, summer is the time when we nurture and protect. Although it is the summer season in many parts of the world, we do not have to follow the status quo. This is our life, we can carve it anyway we’d like. Turn the summer into spring and plant new seeds to grow different crops. There are times when enough is simply not enough, so start laying the foundation for a new life.
I ask two things of you today: Read the review of The Seasons of Life by Jim Rohn and the poem My Wage.
Review of The Seasons of Life, Jim Rohn
Jim Rohn describes The Seasons of Life as a condensation of ideas and observations he gained over 40 years to help to place life, events, purpose, opportunities and challenges into perspective. His purpose for writing this book is to awaken and unearth the answers that lie dormant deep within our hearts and minds.
The Seasons of Life is a book filled with a lot of common sense information, but it’s a good reminder for us. For example, we are in a situation where we know that we have to change and try something new because what we have been doing no longer works, but we have so much invested in old ideas, old friends, old ways of doing things or even an old belief system that no longer serves us, that we simply refuse to make the necessary changes. As Rohn explains, “We tend to accumulate and cling to ideas that limit our progress. We cherish friendships even though the friendships impede our personal growth… We wander through life allowing people and their attitudes and ideas to mold our characters – people whose attitudes and ideas have brought themselves little in the way of progress, productivity, or happiness… If our attitudes, results, or happiness is to ever improve, we must exercise the painful discipline required for “weeding-out” the garden of our life.”
The seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter are used as an analogy for the different stages and occurrences in our lives. The book explains how we all go through the different seasons of life from the harsh winter where things don’t go our way to the fantastic summer where life is beautiful. Rohn shares how we can get through the tough times and enjoy the good ones even more.
Winter – Learn how to survive: “The arrival of winter finds us in one of two categories: Either we are prepared or we are unprepared… To those who are prepared, who have planted abundantly in the spring, guarded their crops carefully during the summer, and harvested massively during the fall, winter can be yet another season of opportunity.” Winter always comes after the harvest of fall. Do the personal inner work to stay strong and positive and don’t give up. Know that spring is always around the corner.
Spring – Window of opportunity: “Springtime is the fresh air of new opportunity, amid the dissipating clouds of winter… [It] is the time for entering the bleak, empty fields given to us as a new chance… Each day is given us as a new season of spring.” This is your window when you must take action and plant your seeds of opportunity. It’s the season when your soil is most fertile so you have to exercise the discipline to plant even though there may be many obstacles in front of us. Rid your soil of weeds and rocks, which may appear as the opinions of those around us in the form of worry, doubt, or pessimism. The springtime of our lives manifests itself infrequently so we have to seize the moment and plant massively and intelligently.
Summer – Nourish and Protect: “The summer of life is a time to protect; it is a time for constant daily effort to guard against the busy bugs and noxious weeds. The spring is a time for the creation of things of value, and those things require the season of summer for growing and gaining strength that they might yield their result in the coming fall” Fertilize your new habits so they continue to develop. Pull out your weeds of bad habits. Be patient, the results may not always show immediately.
Fall – Harvest: “For those who planted abundantly in the spring, and who fought against the bugs, weeds, and weather of summer, fall can bring rewards which give cause for rejoicing… The fall tells us if we have really done that which is required… Massive action in the spring of life still is the requirement for massive success in the fall.” In all aspects of your life, the harvest will come in due time. Take a journey in your mind to where you see the harvest of your changes, having the life you want.
Five Great Ideas
- The formula for success for one will lead to the self-destruction of another
- What happened even as recently as yesterday is no longer of any consequence, unless we choose to allow it to be. What is of great importance is who and what it is that leaves its mark today and each day hereafter
- There is little difference between one who has given up his life and one who has given up his hope
- Be grateful for adversity, for it forces the human spirit to grow – for surely, the human character is formed not in the absence of difficulty but in response to difficulty
- The teacher is always the greatest recipient of the lessons he seeks to teach others
My Wage by Jessie B Rittenhouse (1869 – 1948)
I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at the evening
When I counted my scanty store.
For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.
I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have willingly paid.
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