“All growth depends upon activity.  There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.” - Calvin Coolidge

How serious are you about personal and professional development?

Yesterday was the first day of spring.  Spring is a great season because it brings ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, and regrowth.  Spring happens once a year when it comes to it being one of the four conventional temperate seasons, but we should be springing into our season of success daily by personally and professionally developing ourselves.

Regardless of your area of expertise, development is needed in all professions.  Your development is directly correlated with your success and significance.

I had the honor and privilege to coach five career women from entrepreneurs to medical healthcare professionals to big thinkers.  Each of them has a unique story filled with challenges, but they also came ready to step into their transformation.

For you to spring into your season of success, you must have the same mentality as these ladies.  Here are 3 sure ways to spring into your season of success.

1.    Transparency.  How will you know where you are going if you don’t know where you’ve been or where you are?  To spring your life in the right direction, you have to know where you are right now.  To do this you must be real with yourself.  Your realness as a leader will bring greater clarity to your goals, action plans, and your overall vision.  Without clarity or transparency, it will be hard to achieve your highest potential.  Award-winning branding consultant, advertising creative director, and social media specialist and blogger Simon Mainwaring said, “The keys to brand success are self-definition, transparency, authenticity, and accountability.”  Are you branding or developing yourself with transparency?

2.    Passion.  The word “spring” is defined by action.  How can you spring into your success without passion?  When you are connected to your purpose, there is a natural passion that comes along with this purpose.  To spring into your success you must be ready to act, which stems from your passion.  This readiness causes a leader to have a voracious appetite to learn, grow, and develop.  American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist the late Maya Angelou states, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some humor, and some style.”  Are you passionate about developing yourself?

3.    Optimism.  Achieving takes believing.  American author, political activist, and lecturer Helen Keller said, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”  A healthy dose of optimism, belief, and hope is usually present whenever there is development of success story.  This all starts with personal and/or professional development.  How much optimism, belief, and hope do you have in developing your dreams, goals, and vision?

Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from developing yourself.  Just remember that we cannot be any help to anyone else if we cannot first help ourselves.  The way we help ourselves is through personal and professional development.  There are many ways to develop yourself, but use these 3 sure ways to spring into your season of success. 

How are you developing yourself?  And what is your attitude towards developing yourself?  Please leave a comment below, send me a tweet on Twitter, or leave a comment on Facebook.


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