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!