Welcome to the Seasons of Transformation blog takeover!
Seasons of Transformation, my next book and my first foray into the fiction genre, will be released on 11/1.
Seasons of Transformation follows Kate, a high-performer climbing the corporate ladder, as she encounters a surprise harsh personal winter. Through her journey, she will learn about the power of goals, life coaching and perseverance during her unexpected midlife transformation.
With the 11/1 release date rapidly approaching, the Operation Melt blog will be featuring a Seasons of Transformation takeover for the month of October. For the four weeks leading up to the release of Seasons of Transformation, the blog will feature topics inspired by the story I share in the book.
Click here for more details about Seasons of Transformation, including a free downloadable chapter. Please consider joining my Operation Melt email list to be notified when the book is available.
Amuse-Bouche Before we jump into today's post, I offer you this "dad joke" as a light "amuse-bouche" to entertain your mind before we get serious. Like any other amuse-bouche, you may hate it, but it is worth every penny you paid for it, right? How excited was the gardener about spring? So excited he wet his plants.
Springtime Secrets to Unlocking A Rich Goal Success Harvest
Surprise Life Coach explores the goal success strategies, tips and mindsets found in the most unlikely places. From television shows to movies to music to books and more, life coaches are all around us, hidden in the most unexpected places. We simply need to pay attention, and we can reap the rewards from this free coaching.
In this week’s Surprise Life Coach, I explained the life lessons we can learn from winter – which will be here before we know it. Let’s look past winter and look ahead to spring. Spring is a big season for your goals and includes a life lesson essential for success.
Your actions in spring will mean the difference between bringing your goals to life and letting them die of loneliness.
Week of Fall Fun
As I will explain further in a couple weeks, I love fall. It is my favorite season, features my favorite holiday and even includes my birthday (November 1 if you are keeping track at home). This week has been a particularly fun-filled fall week; here are a few of the activities we have enjoyed this week:
- Visits to two local Indian Lake breweries to enjoy their ales brewed with farm-fresh pumpkins.
- A chilly evening at home enjoying homemade chili packed full of freshly harvested peppers from the garden and oven-fried green tomatoes – also from the garden.
- Cheering several of my friends as they participated in the Columbus Marathon.
- Preparing for my 11/1 Seasons of Transformation book launch.
Each of these items shares a common characteristic. While they were enjoyed during a fun fall-filled week in October, none of these items would have happened without actions taken in spring (literal or metaphorical).
You cannot enjoy a bountiful fall harvest without planting the seeds in springtime.
Hats Off to the Farmers
Spending a lot of time in the country at Indian Lake, I see many farmers in action. While they are busy year-round, it’s the springtime that is make or break for their harvest. Once the ground thaws and the freezing temperatures pass, the farmers spring (ha!) into action and work around the clock to:
- Finalize their crop plans for the year.
- Procure seeds and other needed materials.
- Ensure their equipment is in working order and ready to roll.
- Prepare the fields by clearing winter weeds.
- Till and condition the soil to prepare it for planting.
- Plant countless seeds to get their crops started.
- Water and fertilize the seeds to help them start growing.
It is a draining, grueling season for farmers, without which a harvest would not be possible.
As I said last week, winter is the ideal time for farmers to plan their planting, but it takes action, not just plans, to get results. That’s what spring is for.
We’re All Farmers
You don’t have to be growing literal crops to be a farmer… we’re all farmers of our goals.
As you will learn when you read Seasons of Transformation, goals and personal transformation follow a cycle that mirrors the changing seasons. Reaping a bountiful harvest of success requires a growing season that begins with springtime planting. Without taking action, the seeds of your goals will simply die of loneliness in the barn.
Think back to my example of the activities from my fun-filled fall week:
- I would have enjoyed no locally brewed pumpkin beers if the brewery owners hadn’t acted on their idea to start a brewery, the farmers hadn’t planted the pumpkins, and the brewers hadn’t started brewing their ales weeks or months ago.
- There would have been no fresh-from-the-garden peppers and tomatoes for our delicious dinner if my wife hadn’t planted a garden in the spring.
- I wouldn’t have been cheering friends in the marathon had they not taken that first step to begin their training – not to mention the efforts to cultivate the friendships (yes, friendships require work).
- There would be no Seasons of Transformation had I not translated some early thoughts into words on paper.
Regardless of whether you are sowing physical seeds to grow plants or metaphorical seeds to start the growing season for a goal, nothing happens until you take that first step.
What are you waiting for… springtime weather is never perfect; you just have to act.
Are you ready to start your planting season but aren’t sure how? I got you!
My free Goal Success Quick Start Guide eBook will walk you through all the steps to start your farming. My ABCD goal-setting process will help you:
- Prepare the fields by assessing which crops are most needed to build the life of your dreams.
- Finalize your crop plans and choose the right seeds through the brainstorming and clean-up steps.
- Plant, water and fertilize your crops by deciding on your priority goals, clarifying your “why,” making your goals SMART and creating a vision for your final harvest.
You can further commit to the process using my Project Charter Worksheet, which you can download from the Operation Melt Resources page for free.
No matter how you get started with your spring planting, the important part is that you take action and get started…. you’re burning daylight!
Would you like some hands-on support with getting your springtime started? As a certified Master Life Coach, I am fully equipped to help you get those seeds in the ground. Signing up for a quick mini coaching session will help you take that first step. Let’s work together to start you on a path for a bountiful harvest.
Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Seasons of Transformation on 11/1 to read how farmer Kate navigated her springtime planting season.
Meet Coach Tony
My name is Coach Tony, and I am a coach, author and project manager on a mission. I am working to build a world where no goal ever dies of loneliness.
I almost allowed one of my biggest life goals to die without ever being attempted for forty years. My goal almost died, not of failure but of loneliness. But, I took a risk and leveraged a simple, logical process that helped me wildly exceed my goal.
I transformed my life, and you can do the same with the help of Operation Melt.
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