Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. – Robert Louis Stevenson
If you were a farmer and wanted a bigger harvest, when would you start working to make that happen? At harvest time or before? If you were a student who wanted better grades, how would you go about that? Wait for exam day expecting to be lucky, or start studying and preparing before? If you were a CEO trying to increase profits and benefits for all stakeholders in your company, what would be the best course of action? Would you wait for the day you sit down to write your company’s annual report, hoping the numbers will be in your favor, or long before.
The answers are all obvious. It’s the same in life. There is nothing you can do now to change the harvest you reap today. The seeds that bring today’s harvest into your life were sown long ago.
But the good news is, the seeds you plant today will let you reap a greater harvest tomorrow. Yet millions of people seem to forget this important fact when they make plans for their future. They judge their future possibilities by the state of their lives today. They plan their future based on where they stand now. They use phrases like, I can’t do that, I am not qualified, I am not smart enough, I don’t have the needed education, I don’t speak the language, I am not a leader, or I have never done it before. When you judge your future possibilities by what you are capable of doing today, you’ll always be stuck at the same level. It doesn’t give room for growth, expansion, faith, or potential.
Your future is not determined by where you stand now or how weak you feel today. Neither is it limited by what you are capable of today or how many times you have failed. Even how strong you are or your level of success today should not be made a benchmark for your future. Don’t let your present in any way limit your future. Dream big. Enlarge your vision. Plant the seeds in your life today that will make it possible for you to expand your potential and reap your dream harvest tomorrow.