1. We Reap Only What Has Been Sown
You’ve heard this before. Of that I’m certain. It bears repeating because you appear to have made it your sole mission to prove it otherwise.
Five frogs are sitting on a log. Four decide to jump off. How many are left? The answer is five. Why? Because four “decided” to jump off but none actually jumped.
Deciding to do a thing versus actually doing a thing are never the same thing. One produces a result (harvest), the other doesn’t.
Decisions are not actions. Neither is wishing, wanting, envying or consuming. Stop trying to justify them while excusing your actions. To avail yourself of the harvest you desire, you will need to expend all the effort associated with that specific harvest.
2. We Reap the Same In Kind As We Sow
Sprinting and running are two very different sports. You’re forgiven for thinking they are one and the same.
Sprinters need explosive speed so their training focuses on building muscle. Marathon/long-distance runners need endurance so their training focuses on running fast and far.
Aspiring sprinters and marathon/long-distance runners need to sow the requisite training habits of the sport they desire in order to reap a successful running or sprinting harvest.
The harvest is truth. Truth is simple. It’s the embellishments that we are so determined to adorn it with that always complicate it. Stop trying to justify your results while excusing your actions.
3. We Reap in a Different Season than We Sow
Serena Williams was born on September 26, 1981. She started intensive tennis training when she was 3 years old. She won her first major championship in 1999. She became the world No. 1 for the first time in 2002 and completed the career Grand Slam in 2003. You do the math.
Lao Tzu once said, “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” You are part of nature. Stop being fooled by the illusion of what your life should look like while excusing your actions.
4. We Reap More Than We Sow
Seeds when planted, do not operate on a one-to-one ratio. If they did, farmers would be non-existent. The harvest is always greater.
Let’s take a look at reading. When you sow a solid reading habit, the obvious happens – you start reading more books. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Other benefits include increased mental stimulation, vocabulary expansion, knowledge increases, analytical thinking gets a book (depending on the types of books your reading of course), stress reduction and improved focus and concentration.
“We sow a thought and reap an act;
We sow an act and reap a habit;
We sow a habit and reap a character;
We sow a character and reap a destiny.” ~ Anonymous
5. We Reap In Proportion to What We Sow
If you decide to go to bed early and rise early every day but continue to eat crappy food, the benefit of rest will soon be negated.
If you decide to eat better and increase how much you exercise but spend most of your money buying things you don’t need, financial stress will nullify the results of your healthy choices.
If you decide to start reading books that challenge your thinking but still insist on spending the majority of time with people who constantly put you down and berate your efforts, continued personal growth will eventually be inhibited.
Don’t simply be involved with the harvest you desire. Be totally committed for the harvest you seek will never exceed the effort you put forth.
6. We Reap the Full Harvest Of the Good Only if We Persevere
At the time when J.K. Rowling was writing the original Harry Potter book, her life was a self-described mess. She was going through a divorce, living in a tiny flat with her daughter, surviving on government subsidies and her mother had just passed away from multiple sclerosis.
The first Harry Potter book was rejected by twelve different publishers. Bloomsbury, the small publishing house that finally purchased Rowling’s manuscript, was not convinced that it had a bestseller on its hands. Rowling’s editor, Barry Cunningham, warned her that she needed to get a day job because it was impossible to make a living writing children’s books.
The greatest power that you hold is that of perseverance. No one can definitely identify the timing of success. Those who have been to the ‘mountain top’ though can conclusively state – success does not arrive on the overnight train.
So persevere and remain steadfast in the actions that result in the achievement of the outcome your desire.
7. We Can’t do Anything About Last Year’s Harvest, But We Can About This Year’s
“Two monks were on a pilgrimage. One day, they came to a deep river. At the edge of the river, a young woman sat weeping because she was afraid to cross the river without help. She begged the two monks to help her. The younger monk turned his back. The members of their order were forbidden to touch a woman.But the older monk picked up the woman without a word and carried her across the river. He put her down on the far side and continued his journey. The younger monk came after him, scolding him and berating him for breaking his vows. He went on this way for a long time.Finally, at the end of the day, the older monk turned to the younger one and said – “I only carried her across the river. You have been carrying her all day.”
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