In fall our thoughts turn to cooler temperatures, the start of a new school year and football season.
Many people consider the fall of the year the best of all the seasons.
One thought that comes to my mind in the fall is the harvest, where the farmers gather in the bounty of their labors.
The harvest does not come easy. There is preparation and care required.
Just what do farmers have to do to produce a great harvest?
They had to get out in early spring, and prepare the soil, tilling it and adding nutrients.
Then came time to plant the seeds. They purchased seeds from good stock.
While planting, they carefully made sure they were distributed in the proper proportions and spacing.
Next weeks turned into months as they fertilized, watered, weeded and nurtured the emerging small plants that would yield the the harvest.
This is a wonderful process, but what does it mean to you and me?
We need to follow the law of the harvest in order to reach our goals.
We “prepare the soil” by identifying what we want to accomplish and develop a plan to make it happen.
We “plant seeds” by helping other people, developing sound relationships in turn.
After all, we can’t reach our goals in a vacuum.
We need other people. So, if we have great relationships we can call on people we know to help us along the way.
This is true in our personal lives and in our business lives. Planting seeds is probably the most important work we do.
We “nurture the seeds” by continuing to help others – daily, weekly, and monthly.
When you first meet someone and plant a seed by asking how we can help them and acting on it you have just begun building the relationship.
We need to continue in the mode to build a strong “plant” or relationship that will eventually yield a harvest.
We “harvest” a relationship by asking for help when we need it. But the key is you can’t harvest the relationship too soon, just as the farmer waits until the right time to pick the fruit.
We harvest in direct proportion to our preparation, they quality of our “seeds”, the quantity of “seed”, and the work we put into nurturing.
So, here is the question.
Which of your activities would you change if you were more interested in planting seeds and nurturing them than gathering in the harvest?
What is you harvest?
How do you help your audience prepare for and reap their own harvest.