The 6 seasons I have identified are:
First you Plan - envision, dream, forecast the vision of what you want to accomplish
Second, You Prepare good soil and by doing so create the foundation for future success; gather resources, tools, and equipment…
Third, It’s time to Plant - implement, focus, take action, sow seeds for a promising future.
Fourth, Pruning is the season to eliminate, streamline, clean-up, weed out anything that will drain positive growth or energy. In networking this is also the time to take inventory of your relationships. This season requires tenacity and a ruthless commitment to cut off or cut back what is no longer serving you to achieve more fruitful growth.
Number 5 is Pick - This is the season that brings me the most joy. It’s when I harvest my crops and enjoy the bounty. It also offers the opportunity to be generous, share the spoils of my labor along with joy and happiness.
The last season is to Prosper. This is the fulfillment of all of your hard work, and the realization of your vision. It is important to take time to pause, reflect and enjoy the fruits of your labor. The garden is definitely my happy place.
My humble beginnings as a gardener started when I was a young girl, and had potted plants in mustache cups all along the window sills of my bedroom. Over the years I have discovered the value of these 6 seasons, and how they relate to building sustainable relationships. By resurrecting half dead plants that my family and friends brought to me, I became known as the plant whisperer. The revived plants contributed joy and happiness to people who thought the situation was hopeless.
Nurture your network and relationships like you tend a garden. Take action to cultivate your relationship garden. Just like you do not start off with a harvest, you start with seeds; you do not start with great relationships, you end up with them. The investment of time, effort and consistency allows you to reap the rewards of being an exceptional connector.