One of my favorite companies I work with is a vegetable farm up in the Midwest. This year I have been spending a day each month helping them build a leadership culture.
Being from the south I am always excited to roll through the farm land south of Chicago. It makes me happy that not everyone has to deal with red clay. This month as I rode in I noticed something different. The normal black dirt had a bunch of tiny sprouts. Two inch corn plants popping up for acres and acres. It was a good reminder of the law of the harvest.
For this week’s Thursday Three I want to remind you of my three favorite harvest principles.
- You reap what you sow. This one is straight out of my favorite book, the Bible. Galatians 6:7 reads, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” For leaders, it is vital to understand the first law of the harvest. Whatever you plant is going to grow. Sow encouragement into your people and courage grows. Sow criticism, and negativity begins to sprout. What are you planting into your team?
- You reap more than you sow. I first learned this one from my buddy, John Orr. A little seeding leads to a lot of reaping. Like the first one, this principle is true both positively and negatively. Rest assured, the harvest will be bigger than the sowing. How much and what are you sowing?
- You reap later than you sow. John also reminds me of the importance of trust with this one. Unfortunately, many leaders give up too early and they stop sowing. Be patient. You’ll be glad you did.
I can only imagine how much fun it is going to be when the true harvest comes in near the farm later in the summer. Even better will be when of a high-performance culture is realized in a few months.
If you look at your home or organization, what are you sowing into the lives of those you lead? Whatever it is, be prepared for it to affect you later. If you are hands off, lazy, unorganized, or apathetic, you will not like what is going to happen. If on the other hand you are focused, intentional, aligned, and engaged, great things are on the way.
Remember you reap what you sow. You reap more than you so. And you reap later than you so.
Keep planting seeds. Soon things will begin to sprout and before you know it it will be harvest time.
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.