“To everything there is a season…”
The writer of Ecclesiastes first recorded this timeless truth which was later popularized in music by The Byrds in the Pete Seeger song Turn! Turn! Turn!
The words remind us that the world is in constant change and that seasons come and go only to be repeated again. Each one of us – and every business – will face changes as we go through life. Nothing is constant or static, and nothing we can do will change that reality.
That means we and our businesses must adapt. We must recognize when seasons are changing, when conditions indicate that we need to re-evaluate, adapt, and change.
a time to plant and a time to uproot… a time to tear down and a time to build… a time to keep and a time to throw away.
The words tell us there is “a time to plant and a time to uproot… a time to tear down and a time to build… a time to keep and a time to throw away.”
What can we do with these words of wisdom?
Individually, we will endure change. We must embrace it and recognize that it is a simple fact of life. We have the power to choose how we respond to change and use it to foster our personal growth.
For businesses, it means there is a time to plan and plant seeds for future growth. This may mean expanding your business with new locations, adding new products or services, or growing your team. By extension, there will be a season in which you will reap the rewards of these actions and efforts.
Conversely, there will come a time when these things no longer provide the results you want. A product will eventually be replaced by something newer, better, or cheaper. Old ways of doing things will give way to newer ones. The market will change and certain things will no longer be viable or needed. When these things happen – and they will – a leader must recognize that a new season is approaching and make tough, even painful, decisions.
You may be facing a new season right now. If so, do you recognize it, and are you willing to make the changes you need?