Hey Hey Hey!
Aren’t you glad we started this second quarter of the year resurrecting and assessing? (Raises Hand) I hope this message finds you well and living your best life! If not, this post is a great opportunity to chat about your best lifeJ. I am determined to tackle April’s theme: Assessment, Evaluation, and Everything in Between. THIS theme is based on a question that permeated through my spirit on resurrection Sunday.
WHY are you looking for a living thing in a dead place?
My therapy brain totally cut on as I thought about this post, and I almost took it there ya’ll! Yep, I almost created a post with several assessment tools that can be helpful to gain an overview of various sectors of your life. Then I thought…NO ONE will complete these assessments.
So, I prayed and pondered about what I needed to say and had a clear vision of a plant. Aren’t you glad HE stepped in, so you wouldn’t have to read about assessment tools. (SMH) So, my goal with this post is to assess our lives, various sectors, for dead places. I can’t think of a better way to do so than using the analogy of a plant.
We know that a plant or flower has several components including: roots, dirt, stem, petals, and leaves. As we all learned in elementary school, a plant cannot survive without sunlight and water. When a plant begins to wilt, we can add these two necessities to help restore it. But, if a plant consistently lacks these key ingredients, it will surely die. As I consider each of these concepts of plant maintenance, they tell a story about assessing your own life for living versus dead places.
As we embark on this assessment phase, let’s evaluate your business, career, or current job. What about a self-assessment or relationship assessment. Have the leaves or petals changed color? Does it need a little water, sunlight, or are the roots dead?
THIS simplistic analogy can be utilized to assess any area of your life.
The first step in assessing the state of a flower is viewing it at surface level right! Do the petals still have color? Have the leaves fallen off? Does it look like it’s drying or dying? When we assess the health of a plant, we engage in a quick snapshot. Let’s take the same first step as you assess your business/career/self/relationship. What does it look like at surface level? Can you see the fruits of your labor or any return on your investment? I believe, your life and each of these sectors should be colorful and reflect positivity in some way. Your business should be thriving and your career in full bloom. Your relationship should be progressing and growing, and internally, you should feel whole. Is that what you see? Take a snapshot of each sector of your life and make an initial conclusion about the health of that area.
The second step is assessing the state of a flower/plant is deciding if it can be revived. Once you’ve decided that the leaves and flowers are dying, slowing falling off, or wilting, you move to this step. Sometimes, we have places in our lives that are wilting or slowly dying. Can you identify an area in your life? If you identified at least one area, let’s consider if it can be revived. We all know the two ingredients that will revitalize a plant. Can you add water or provide sunlight to make this area bloom again? (figuratively speaking) However, there may be steps you can take to revive your business, career, self, or relationship. Reflect and write down at least two steps that may be beneficial. STOP. THINK. & CONSIDER. What are the ingredients that are lacking in this area of my life? Are you lacking fulfillment and purpose in your career? Customers or support in your business? What about connection and quality time in your relationship. Whatever these necessary ingredients are that you have written down, utilize them to restore this area of your life.
Third step…assess the root! After we have viewed the flower at surface level, determined if it can be restored, and added its key ingredients for survival, it is time to assess the root. Still alive? If so…go back to step two. BUT…if those roots are dead and unsalvageable, it is time to reconsider and make some tough choices. Once the root or the foundation is dead, and cannot be revived, what’s next? Do you STOP seeking living things in a dead place? Normally, we throw out a dead plant after a few attempts to restore it. What does this look like in your personal life? Do you have dead places in your business/career/relationship/self? Are you still sowing seeds in dead places and expecting a return? Should you redirect your efforts elsewhere? If so…what next?
It can be difficult to identify dead places in your life. And…it’s more of a challenge to dispose of them, even when you know it’s time. Whatever you do, keep a record of your assessment and actually write or type your responses to the questions above. This is the place where I ask you to take another hard look and assess, identify, and STAY TUNED for tips on what to do next…
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P.S.- If you are ready to revive dead places in your life and make a shift...reply ME! Next course starting soon:)