The Law of Sowing and Reaping

What are you reaping right now? The work and efforts you put in earlier in the year are ready for harvest. You reap what you sow. We’ve all heard this before. It’s an ancient story that describes what you put into something is what you get out of it. It goes deeper than just that, however. The law of sowing and reaping is one that all of us are held accountable to. None of us can beat it either.  

This is a powerful law to understand and is applicable to any area of our life. It’s applicable especially to the time and effort we put into training, nutrition and our mental state. When you focus on the details you will soon find that come harvest time, your body has developed the way you want and your mind is sharp and continuously learning.  

The Keys to Sowing and Reaping 

If you are looking to make the most of your situation in life, you must understand the importance of the law of sowing and reaping and how you can apply to maximize your own success. There are seven key points from the late Jim Rohn, who masterfully crafted them for easy understanding. Master them and you will surely be on your way. 

1. The Law is Negative 

Simply put, the law of sowing and reaping is negative. If you don’t sow anything, you won’t reap either. Another way – if you put forth little effort, don’t expect a hefty reward as you did not put any care into your own crop. If a farmer planted a crop and let it bake in the sun without caring for it, come harvest time there would be no crop. If you train 2-3 hours a day, but your diet is garbage, you won’t see the results you expect. You may get stronger, but your body won’t display that.


2. The Law is Positive 

Conversely to number one, the law is also positive. If you put forth extreme effort and discipline, you will reap a bountiful harvest. If you train and eat right, eventually you will see the benefits of the hard work. You will get exactly what you deserved from the effort.  


3. There are Many Ways to Sow 

There is no “one size fits all” model. We all can sow in a different way and still reap the same rewards. What is important is that you sow into the wind in order for the world to take your gifts and reproduce them. Don’t sow against it for it will fly back into your face. Recognize opportunities and seize them.  


4. You Get Much More 

This is almost always the case for both the positive and negative effects of the law. When you sow positively, you will get back much more than what you expected. It may not show up directly in the harvest, but rather as an after effect. The same goes for the negative effect. If you don’t reap well, you will lose much more than just the crop. No food leads to starvation, perhaps the loss of family, and more. Therefore, you must be careful with what you plant. 


5. Anyone Can Sow a Plan 

Opportunities are limitless. They may not be in a golden box, but anyone who has an idea, goes to work and puts in the time will surely reap a reward for it. The difference is that anything good takes time. You can’t plant a Chinese Bamboo tree into the ground and expect it to grow after seven months. The Chinese bamboo tree develops massive roots underground as it is watered and fertilized for five years. After that, in a span of 5-6 weeks, it sprouts from the ground to 90 feet tall. You have to be willing to play the long game and put forth the effort every day. 

“Ten years from now, you will surely arrive. The question is where?” -Jim Rohn


 6. You Could Lose 

This the harsh reality of life. It isn’t fair. We can’t understand it and we never will. After all, you can’t beat it. It is a reality we all must be aware of. The successful individuals who see past it are the ones who understand they could lose. We all could lose. That is part of the curiosity of life. It’s the uncertainty of life. Without it, life would be boring. Take the risk knowing you could lose.


7. If You Don’t Sow You Don’t Reap 

If you don’t make an attempt, it will never happen for you. This applies to our businesses, our fitness, our lifestyle, our health, our mindset – everything. You have to get started. Don’t expect someone else to do it for you. You have to do it for yourself. There needs to be a breaking point somewhere in your life where you decide that you are going to make a change for the better. It could be a business, a new job, your health, losing weight or something else. Without an attempt, you never seize the opportunity to reap.  

Set Goals 

Once you’ve decided to go for it, you need to have a plan. Otherwise, you are walking in the dark. A goal without a plan is a wish. Write down how you will accomplish your goals on paper, or in a word document. Have it somewhere so you can see it everyday and you know what you need to accomplish. But you need to have enough reason. 

“If you had enough reason, you could do the most incredible things.” – Jim Rohn 

Once you gain enough reason to accomplish something, you will be surprised how far you can actually go. Those reasons can be the catapult to take you to levels you never dreamed of, because reality makes it all too easy to bring us back down. We have to live in reality, yes, but that doesn’t mean we are bound by it. The dreams and reasons you have for success are available to you – if you decide to act on them. 

So, the question is, what do you have to lose? Start sowing. When you do, the rewards will grow and when you look back five years from now, you’ll be happy you did. 


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