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If You Want to See The Fruits of Your Labor Don’t Dig up The Seeds

Over the last several weeks my business partner David and I have been working on several changes to what I affectionately refer to as the BlogcastFM empire. I’m confident many of these changes are going to have a major impact on our growth. But they are taking time and some of them won’t generate the results I want until several months from now.

What we’re essentially doing is planting lots of seeds. I’d be lying to you if I told you that there aren’t moments when I’m thinking “why the hell are the results taking so long?”.  The other day I realized that if you want to see the fruits of your labor you can’t dig up the seeds. This is how long term goals are accomplished.

Keep Watering Your Seeds

Once you’ve planted a seed you have to keep watering it. Let’s go to my favorite example in the world, learning how to surf. If all you did was buy your board and wetsuit, and got in the water a year later, you wouldn’t be able to surf.  If you’re not in the water you’re never going to catch any waves.

Those first few sessions will be brutal. You will wipe out a lot.  At a certain point you’ll need to let go of the need for visible progress and just do the work. If you keep going, then one day you’ll be standing up.

Plant More Seeds

Every action you take is a seed you plant.  So, one of the best things you can do is plant more seeds. In our business that has meant experimenting with different types of content and different revenue streams. If you’re surfing that might mean, going to Yoga class to work on your balance. Since I’m located an hour away from the water at the moment, I bought a skateboard which allows me to work on balance, turning, and a few other things.

Don’t Confuse Activity With Accomplishment

One of the byproducts of doing work online is that there are lots of shiny things to chase, new social networks to explore and people to talk to. Don’t get me wrong. I love this stuff. I found myself deeply absorbed in Pinterest a few nights go, something I thought would never happen. But many of these things give us a false sense of productivity. The key is making sure you focus on high ROI activities.

Develop Infinite Patience

In a book I read by Wayne Dyer he said “infinite patience brings immediate results.”  Once you become patient you’ll resist the temptation to dig up the seeds. If you dig up the seeds you plant, the whole process starts all over again.  With patience will come peace of mind, and the quality of the actions you take will improve

So, if you want to see the fruits of your labor, don’t dig up the seeds.

Class dismissed.

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