Ever notice how everything in nature grows in Spring?
My sister, Leslie relocated to Charlotte from Detroit in January this year. It’s been a joy to watch her learn my city, The Queen City, with new eyes. She’s introduced me to new restaurants and re-acquainted me with the greenways and parks on which I have always enjoyed walking and cycling.
Mostly though, she is enjoying the weather.
Spring comes earlier to North Carolina than it does to Michigan. While Leslie continues to receive notifications of school closings and ice storms back home, she is basking in the blue skies and 70 or so degrees of warmth, as Charlotte transitions from winter to spring.
To her delight, we have already dined alfresco, roasted marshmallows on the outdoor fire pit and listened to music, under the pergola. Through her eyes, I’ve marveled at the Daffodils and flowering Dogwoods, which seem to have come alive, almost overnight.
If everything in nature is growing, is it time for business owners to spring into action, too?
Traditionally, the New Year is a time to set course. Growing business owners and entrepreneurs re-visit last year’s accomplishments and plan forward. You work with your team to set a focus for what’s next.
But, what about Spring?
Is now the time to work the soil and plant the seeds that you will feed, water and finally – harvest, later in the year?
After a month of applications and interviews, my sister got a job in her field.
Leslie started as a Branch Manager at a local financial institution. Since she will be working with people of Latin decent, she and I are taking a Spanish class together. Leslie will use her new skills to better connect with prospective account holders and local business owners.
Maybe you are springing into action too . . .
Are you enhancing your skills, deepening client or vendor relationships or paying down business debt? Is now the right time to join a mastermind group or hire a business coach? Maybe it’s time to get back out there and start networking again, after the COVID hiatus? Are you working your sales funnel?
It’s a small action now, but improving my Spanish will help me later, as I facilitate learning programs and coach business owners of color. And it feels good to be digging in and making progress.