Plant an Educational Seed

5240188"April showers bring May flowers." Do you remember learning this weather rhyme in elementary school? Although our weather prediction skills have advanced significantly, there remains a great life lesson in this little phrase: growth follows a season of unpleasantness. Like most women, your life is probably full of demands, some of which are unpleasant. For you, it may be your salary and career. Perhaps unpleasant is too strong a word. Maybe humdrum is a better fit. In any case, you have the ability to improve your situation simply by expanding your knowledge base. Transforming your humdrum situation into one that is fantastic is as easy as S-D-I. First, let’s get more education on why you want more education.

Education is an investment in your life, just as a seed is an investment in a garden. The gardener doesn't necessarily smile because she’s thrilled about turning soil, pulling weeds and removing stones. She smiles because she knows her labor will deliver a beautiful harvest that she and her family can enjoy. The same principle applies to your education. Let’s be honest. For most women, the joy is not in the work and expense of taking a course. The joy is in the expected result: a better you. You are worth the educational investment.

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco released research that shows a potential increase in salary is due to successfully completing college-level courses. According to the findings, an adult with some college experience earns on average $20,000 more per year than someone with no advanced studies. Of course, there are many variables that factor into the research's conclusion, but you owe it to yourself and your family to consider planting an educational seed in your life that could result in a higher salary and securing a better quality of life.

I know you’re ready to enroll in a course right now, but you must do some foundational work first. Your initial step is settling in your heart that the needed action is planting an educational seed in your life. You must be fully persuaded on this point because it is your greatest motivation. Your next step is defining your expertise or ideal career. When you go into your office every day, what do you really want to spend your time doing? Finally, identify the steps to get you there. Giving purposeful thought to this foundational activity will prevent you from wasting time and money on useless courses. I want you to get the most from your educational investment and my SDI assessment is the perfect foundational exercise to get you started.

It’s the perfect time for you to make an educational investment in your life. The benefits of the investment are endless and you’ll send a bold message to yourself and others that you are worth the investment. Give yourself permission to grow. Just like the gardener, expect something beautiful to bloom in your life!

Resource: Daly, M. and Bengali, L. (May 2014). Is It Still Worth Going to College?. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/1o6VgnM