How To Plant The Right Seeds Today ?
The reason why I love this quote by Og Mandino so much ? isn’t just because of what it stands for metaphorically. In fact, if you know anything about Mandino’s life, you already know the demons he had to overcome to become one of the most successful inspirational authors of all time. An alcoholic on the brink of suicide during the holidays, thoughts of ending it all flashed across his mind.
But something happened on that almost-fateful day. Staring through that window at the gun in the pawn shop, destitute and desperate, he could have followed through with his darkest and deepest desires of ending it all. But he didn’t. And because he didn’t, he discovered how to plant the right seeds today to harvest later. And that’s exactly what he did. Ending up in that library wasn’t by chance. There was a grand design for it.
Now, I’m not here to really get too theoretical on you. You know the source of the quote now, but what you might also want to know is how you can actually change your mindset to plant those proverbial seeds now ✅?
How do you move past the short-term desires and move towards the long-term gains ?⁉
How do you work on a business or towards a goal that might be months, years, or even a decade or more out into the future ?⁉
I can tell you a thing or two about that?
It’s a mental shift that occurs. There’s a process that you need to go through, and a specific way that you need to set your goals ⬇?⬇
☮?1 — Focus On Your “WHY”
One of the easiest ways you can plant seeds today to harvest later is by focusing on your WHY. When you create goals the right way, and you WRITE them DOWN on PAPER, the best way to follow through with those goals is to create some fuel that will add to the fire. That fuel comes in the way of a strong enough reason.
Think about it for a moment. How many times have you achieved something that meant everything to you ❓ When it was your life or your family or something else incredibly important on the line, you did what you had to do to get it done, right❓ Sure you did. Think back to that moment in time.
You see, the biggest problem most of us have, and the reason why we have so much difficulty doing work today that will pay us back in the future, is because we don’t create a strong enough reason why. To change that, write down a powerful reason. Make it emotional. We’re talking life, limb and freedom here. If you want to follow through, it has to be something sincere.
Tony Robbins often puts it this way. Would you do more to make $25,000 or more to prevent someone from stealing $25,000? The latter, of course. WHY ❓ Because you’re trying to avoid pain. Theft of something you own is painful. And we do more to avoid pain than we do to gain pleasure. That’s just the way we’re hardwired. So you have to flip the script by coming up with a POWERFUL WHY . That’s it.
Write it down and make it impactful ??✅
☮?2 — Create Milestones to Plant Seeds Today to Harvest Later
Milestones are like markers towards your goals. Sometimes, goals can get overwhelming when they’re big. When we get overwhelmed, we tend to give up. Instead, you can plant seeds today if you focus on milestones. Often, what I tell people who I’m mentoring is to just focus on achieving a small daily or weekly goal. It’s much more consumable and digestable to focus on that.
For example, if you’re trying to start new biz you can stop and think about the millions of things you need to do. Or, you can break it down into digestible parts and pieces. Milestones like daily goals are easier to achieve. And if you can create some momentum by stringing many consecutive days of achieving, you’ll be well on your way to harvesting your dreams.
Take your big goals that you’re going after, ensure that they’re quantifiable in that they’re number-oriented (i.e. dollar amount, weight-loss in pounds or kilograms, etc). and break that down into monthly, weekly and daily goals.
☮?3 — Meticulously Track Results
Goals are hard to achieve and your harvest is going to be harder to reap if you don’t actually know where you are, how far you’ve come and how much further you’ve got left to go. Find a system you can implement to track your results and be sure to stay consistent with it.
For example, how do you think an airplane achieves its goal of landing in a particular city on a particular day at a particular time? It tracks and analyzes its results on a moment-by-moment basis. Now, you don’t have to go that far. But, if you’re serious about a goal, why not track it every day ??✅
If you veer off track, it’s easier to identify. But when you stop tracking, it’s easier to get lost. It’s easier to go off on a tangent and spend money, waste your time and simply stop paying attention. By tracking it, your goal has focus. And goals that you focus on are easier to achieve.
☮?4 — Contribute To Others
Can you really harvest tomorrow, the seeds that you plant today, by contributing to others? Absolutely. There’s a karmic value in contribution. By helping other people out there, you can make a difference in your own life. Plus, it just feels good ✅?. What can you contribute to others ❓
If you say you don’t have money, it’s not about money. It’s about time. It’s about impact. It’s about helping people navigate a problem that you might be well-versed at navigating. Not only does that feel good, but it also adds value to the world. And by adding value, you truly are setting yourself up for success. You might not notice it now, but you are.
☮?5 — Do The Daily Methods of Operations (DMO) First thing in the morning
At the start of the day, we’re always more focused. We’re fresh. Gone is the weight of the day on our shoulders. Anything is possible. And it’s precisely at that time that you should plant those seeds that you can later harvest. In the morning wake up and get after your DMO.
By getting these big tasks done first, you build momentum. When you build momentum, you feel more empowered. Plus, you move closer towards your goals. Your seeds move one step closer to harvest.
That’s what’s important. Mark Twain once said, “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.
Those frogs are your DMO ✅
So be sure to eat those frogs ???
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