You Reap What You Sow

We have all heard it said that you reap what you sow.  That there is a season for planting and a season for harvesting.  Therefore, regardless of your dreams and desires, if you were not planting in the spring, you will not reap the rewards in the fall!  Your results are ALWAYS in direct proportion to your previous efforts.

If you have not been following this series, this is part 4 of a 5 part blog series highlighting The Five Major Pieces of the Life Puzzle, a Jim Rohn classic.  So far we have discussed the importance of cultivating a mature and sound personal philosophy, as well as a positive attitude.  However, even with both in check (which they must be!) they still only represent our potential for success and happiness.  It is our consistent, daily activity that ultimately determines whether we achieve our goals or not.  This is about finding ways to demonstrate on the outside how we think and feel on the inside!

So my question for you is: are you currently experiencing the results you desire?

If so, that’s fantastic!  You have seized an opportunity that presented itself to you, taken intelligent action, and now are enjoying the fruits of your labor.  Well done …. keep it up!

If however, your results are not measuring up, now is not the time to be hard on yourself.  Unless you want to stay stuck in the vicious cycle of failure and regret, now is the time to step up and do what it takes to prepare for the next harvest season!

“We cannot alter the past.  We cannot ask nature to make an exception to the rules – no matter how hungry we are.  Nor will nature permit us to ask the soil for an advance. The only thing we can do is to prepare for the inevitable arrival of another spring — another opportunity – and then plant, nourish and tend our crop as diligently as possible, remembering the painful consequences of our past neglect. In remembering the consequences, however, we must not allow ourselves to be overcome by them.  Their lessons must serve us, not overwhelm us.”

So now that we’ve taken full responsibility for the current state of our results, let’s look at what needs to be done to get you back on course with dreaming, believing and achieving again.  The problem could stem from any of the areas we’ve discussed leading up to this post.  It could be your philosophy about money, your attitude about spending, or it might be that your level of activity simply does not match your desired outcome.

“For the harvest to change, it may be necessary to change the seed, the soil, or more likely than not, the sower.”

To fully take stock of your results, it is imperative that you take a look at who you have become. Who are the people you have attracted into your life?  Are you respected by your neighbors and co-workers?  Are you honest and ethical in your business transactions?  Do you honor your core beliefs? Do you possess unwaivering integrity? Do you respect your elders and listen to your children?  Are you as happy and successful as you’d like to be?

Let me ask you this, how many times have you heard a friend say “if only I had more money, I’d be happy”?   Well herein lies the problem!  Most people simply have the plan reversed.  They are seeking to add valuables when they should be seeking to add value. The key is to work on becoming more than you currently are so that you can attract more than you currently have!

All things become possible for people who spend time increasing their knowledge, acquiring new skills and experience, and then incorporating all of this in to their commitment to improving their results, and therefore their quality of life!

Being proactive is an essential skill to master.  When a problem or challenge presents itself, do you push harder, or do you back off?  All too often, people with poor results have a lengthy list of reasons to justify their (lack of) progress.  These are not reasons, these are excuses! If you are someone who uses your excuses to shift the blame away from yourself, then quite simply, you will never experience true success and happiness.

The specific challenges you are presented with serve a very unique purpose, and that is to test your resolve.  This is where the conversation on having a BIG WHY comes in.  It is when your want is strong enough that you will be driven to create solutions, not excuses!  And then conquering these challenges will take you to new levels of self-confidence, and propel you to much greater heights of accomplishment!

“The question is not whether the formula for success will work, but whether the person will work the formula.” Remember, what is easy to do is also easy not to do!

The bottom line is, if you are serious about your pursuit of the good life, NEVER settle for less than your best.  And I’m talking about your best in each moment. A lot plays in to our full capacity in each moment, and it is so important to honor and trust yourself to make sound decisions that truly serve you.

So why is it that human beings, the most intelligent life form on earth, do not strive to reach their maximum potential when every other life form does?

“A tree does not grow to half its potential and then say ‘I guess that will do.’ A tree will drive its roots as deep as possible.  It will soak up as much nourishment as it can, stretch as high and as wide as nature will allow, and then look down as if to remind us of how much each of us could become if we would only do all that we can.”

The reason is simple: Humans have freedom of choice.

“In most cases choice is a gift.  But when it comes to doing all that we can with our abilities and opportunities, choice can sometimes be more of a curse than a blessing.  All too often we choose to do far less than we could do.  We would rather relax under the shade of the growing tree than to emulate its struggle for greatness.”

Those who make the choice to be less, try less, discipline less, read less and think less will invariably have less. Doing less that your best will not only erode your self-confidence and diminish your self-worth, but will dramatically impact your attitude and your results.

The great news is that there IS another choice, and that is to become all that you can possibly be! It really is that easy, and we all have the same choice.  In the final analysis, we all experience the same level of opportunity mixed with difficulty.  We all have times of illness and times of health.  We are all pushed to our limits at one time or many, and at the end of the day, our quality of life is determined not by what happens to us, but what we choose to do about what happens.

“Results are the best measurement of human progress.  Not conversation.  Not explanation.  Not justification.  Results!  And if our results are less than our potential suggests that they should be, then we must strive to become more today that we were the day before.  The greatest rewards are always reserved for those who bring great value to themselves and the world around them as a result of who and what they have become.”

Now go forth and enjoy a Bountiful Harvest! :-)

I hope you have enjoyed this post, if so, please ReTweet and share on Facebook with your friends and fans.  Next week I will wrap up the series with a look at the final blending of our philosophy, attitude, activity and results, which is the ultimate destination on the path to success and happiness, and that is our LIFESTYLE!

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44 Responses to “You Reap What You Sow”

  1. Hi Beth,

    Excellent post and so thoughtful! I love the valuables vs. adding values. Your big WHY can’t be money. That’s why so many people aren’t successful with network marketing because they’re lured by money rather than doing something that aligns with their true passion and values.

    Janette
    .-= Janette Stoll´s last blog ..How to Use Exclusivity -amp Scarcity as Marketing Strategies in Direct Sales =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Janette! Yes, you are so right that your big why has to be something of much more substance than money. I appreciate you stopping by!

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  2. Hi Beth,

    Thank you for this inspiration and valuable reminder. It is indeed easy to slip and forget…or to delay the uncomfortable. It’s nice to be reminded to stay focused and on target.

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    bethallen Reply:

    You’re welcome, Linnea! It definitely takes consistent and persistent focus to reach ultimate success ~ glad I could offer some inspiration for you!

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  3. Beth,
    I’m enjoying following your series. You’ve brought up so many key points to living your life to its fullest.

    There’s a saying I remember from a seminar I attended. “Results, often harsh, always true.” That really says it all. Your post brought that to mind. Thanks,
    Val :)
    .-= Val Wilcox´s last blog ..The Key – Your Burning Desire… =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Val! Thanks for sharing that saying ~ that really does sum it all up!

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  4. Beth, you’ve learned it well. Jim Rohn was the best of the best. Without getting preachy, “you get what you sow” has deep deep roots in Scripture. I so enjoy reading your stuff. Thanks for being who you are and being true believer in Giving.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks so much Nelson! :)

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  5. People told me throughout my childhood that I would never get anywhere or make any money writing so I always steered clear of it. Now everyone is saying follow your passions. So I did that. I write everyday like a maniac and I recently started writing a book that has been bouncing around in my head. The roots are growing! And sometimes we forget that the activities are part of the results.

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    bethallen Reply:

    I’m so glad to hear that you are following your passions and busting through those limiting beliefs Nicole! Keep digging those roots down deep, and I look forward to hearing more about your book! :)

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  6. Beth,
    I love what you said here – “The specific challenges you are presented with serve a very unique purpose, and that is to test your resolve. This is where the conversation on having a BIG WHY comes in. It is when your want is strong enough that you will be driven to create solutions, not excuses! And then conquering these challenges will take you to new levels of self-confidence, and propel you to much greater heights of accomplishment!” Great question – what is my life teaching me.. great question

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    bethallen Reply:

    So glad you found this post valuable! Thanks Lesly!

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  7. Hi Beth, I love your post. It is so true, that in order to achieve your goals you have to invest. It is all too easy to say that things would be different if only…., without ever putting your best effort in to make it happen.
    The only thing I will say is that I believe that we are not the only ones that show this kind of behavior. A tree will not grow any deeper roots than it needs to get its food. If one day there is no food left, the tree is not ready to deal with the new conditions. I certainly had the choice to grow deeper roots, but it “decided” not to.
    .-= social bookmarking´s last blog ..Unlimited traffic to your website from one-way backlinks =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thank you Karin ~ good point. I agree with what you’re saying, however, bviously when the food source runs out, a tree has dug its roots as far down as it “possibly” can. No decision could get the roots to go deeper if there was not food available. The difference is that humans stop when the “food source” is still plentiful!

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  8. Beth, so so true. Success is a process and we must learn to not only enjoy the journey but learn from it along the way. As we remain grateful for what we have in the present, we empower ourselves for what we can have in the future!
    .-= Eddie Espiritu´s last blog ..Black Diamond Builder Review =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    So true, thanks Eddie!

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  9. For those who love the process, have the patience and relish the perspiration… the good news is that we get to reap what we sow.

    For those who thought signing up for a training, joining a funded proposal or MLM, or attending the biggest and best internet marketing event of the year would make us successful… the bad news is that we have to sow before we can reap.

    Profound insight and true inspiration, here. I’m loving the series, Beth.
    .-= David Merrill´s last blog ..Convert Leads Into Cash =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    You are right about that! Thanks so much, David, glad you are enjoying the series!

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  10. Hi Beth,

    I love this series. Jim Rohn was my favorite. 5 Pieces of the Life Puzzle is one I wore out listening to over and over. His principles are so inspiring.

    We definitely reap what we sow.
    .-= Melodie Kantner´s last blog ..Procrastination – Will You Let This THIEF Steal Your Dreams =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Melodie. I’m glad you’re enjoying this series ~ I would imagine you are if you wore out your audio version! ;) Yes, Jim Rohn’s principles are inspiring indeed!

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  11. Beth,
    Love this piece on cause and effect. Especially drawn to the part about: it’s not the formula, it’s whether you WORK the formula.” It’s so true. There are so MANY ways to succeed if we would just buckle down and apply one consistently.
    Thanks so much,
    Adam
    .-= Dr. Adam Sheck´s last blog ..Do You Want More Intimacy =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes, buckle down and apply consistently ~ that really is what it takes! Thanks Adam!

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  12. Hi Beth,
    You are really putting together a great, solid series here.

    Your “garden” is really a reflection of your harvest. Have negative thoughts (weeds) and your harvest isn’t strong and healthy. Tend the garden, do the work (fertilize, water, nurture, and pull weeds) and you have a bountiful harvest. This is a reflection of what’s going on in our mind. We do the work you are outlining here for us and we will see positive results.

    BTW, I just looked out the window and our vegetable garden is doing Great! The lessons are all around :-)
    .-= Don Enck´s last blog ..A 10 Week Journey…Something Old…Something New =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Definitely true, Don! Glad to hear your garden is doing so great! :)

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  13. Hi Beth

    I agree 100% with you , what you give out must come back to you now matter what you put in that is law and you cant change it.

    Great post
    Theuns

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks for your support, Theuns!

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  14. Beth, the more I learn about Jim Rohn, the more I love him!
    It always amazes me that when effort is put out, it may or may not pay out the way we originally expected or intended.. but you bet it will pay out! I love this law of sow and reap, and knowing it often times gets me through the times I feel like it’s all uphill! Best, Lisa
    .-= Lisa Molina´s last blog ..Star Spangled Banner – Let Your Freedom Ring =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    You are right, Lisa, it doesn’t always turn out as we intended ~ but any movement forward is movement forward whether we understand the growth process immediately or not. So glad this principle has kept you moving through the tough times. That is when the most profound work is always done.

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  15. Hi Beth,
    Thanks for the inspirational post. I especially liked this part “Those who make the choice to be less, try less, discipline less, read less and think less will invariably have less” I believe this is so true…we get as much out of life as we put into it!
    MaryKay
    .-= MaryKay Edelen ´s last blog ..What Is A DMO -amp Why You Need One- =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    You’re welcome, MaryKay! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  16. Hello Beth, I appreciate the direct approach you take in this post to taking personal responsibility for our results. Sometimes, we say, “I can do this” and we set out to do it, but in the process we become discouraged, disenchanted, or just lazy. I love your comment, “it might be that your level of activity simply does not match your desired outcome.” In other words, get off your duff and do what it takes! Thanks for your wisdom. Well written post, my friend.

    Val
    .-= Val Haderlie´s last blog ..Making Room for Miracles Part 3 – Wishing Others Well =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Val. Yes, success really does all boil down to personal responsibility and getting off your “duff” and doing what it takes! :) I appreciate you stopping by.

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  17. Hello Beth,

    Great Post…And Jim Rohn…Priceless!

    “We must plant before we can reap” So True.

    You have a great Blog going on here. Keep up the great work and spreading your wisdom.

    Wishing you all my best…
    .-= Larry Bilich´s last blog ..How To Give A Two Minute Presentation =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Larry, I appreciate your kind words!

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  18. Beth, That’s a great last name you have “ALLEN”. I enjoyed reading your post. In marketing and life we should all remember you reap what you so. You seem to sow on good ground ;therefore, you will reap great things in the future. I look forward to reading more of your content. Have a wonderful day! Charles Allen from TSA-
    .-= Charles Allen II´s last blog ..Financial Destination Review by Expect =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes, great name! ;) And thanks for the kind words, Charles. Glad you enjoyed what you found here, and hope you stop back soon.

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  19. You know Beth, when I see lazy people complaining about how nothing is improving in their lives and still stuck to where they were a few years ago, its hard to feel pity for them. You can’t just sit around and wait for something good to happen, you need to get up and go get it yourself. Even if you’re trying to win the lottery, you’d still have to get up and go buy the ticket.

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  20. Hi beth, I am so glad while reading your article. Your post is really inspirational. Specially When you say “We cannot alter the past.We cannot ask nature to make an exception to the rules – no matter how hungry we are.” It makes me think. It is really true that if we sow on good ground, then we will reap great things in the future.

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  21. Brian.Christiansen 11. Nov, 2011 at 6:24 am

    Hi Bethaleen!

    I love your site your so great and so excellent very knowledgeable.Thanks for creating this site.So nice information content.I think this well help a lot to me.I honestly enjoy most of the posts and your different point of view.Im so interesting of this.Thanks

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  22. I enjoy reading informational articles whenever I can, especially when the writer is as gifted as you. You’ve succeeded in impressing many readers with this article, including me.Your knowledge on this topic is amazing.

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  23. “Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.” ~Jim Rohn. I am really impressed with your writings, keep up the good work.

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  24. lhaizza
    Twitter: 1MiamiCondos
    27. Dec, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Thanks Beth, another inspiring idea. I’m really impressed. Keep up the good work.
    lhaizza´s last blog post ..Getting Your First Home With Bad Credit

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    bethallen Reply:

    You’re welcome. I appreciate your comments and support!

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