If you spend much time with me at all it won’t take long for you to realize that I love the outdoors. Hunting and fishing are two of my favorite activities. Sitting quietly in the woods or on a peaceful, still lake is therapeutic and I feel connected with nature.
Recently I have been preparing for the upcoming deer hunting season. Part of my preparation has been planting food plots. These are small plantings of crops, usually an acre or less, that wildlife can eat during the winter months. When I first started, I tried planting a plot of clover by mowing down the existing weeds, roughing up the soil, and broadcasting the seed on the ground. This attempt did not go very well! In fact, I am not sure anything grew at all. The only thing I accomplished was wasting time and money. This year, in an attempt to learn from my mistakes, I decided to go through the correct processes. In a matter of only a week I am already seeing great results!
The difference between my first attempt and my current one illustrates what it takes to obtain the results we want, both personally and professionally. Too often we simply throw seeds (our hard work and, sometimes, money) and hope for results. Instead, we must take the appropriate steps to ensure that the hard work we invest converts into great results!
The first part of planting is knowing your soil. The amount of nutrients available to your plants and the acidity of your soil can greatly affect your outcome. Knowing your soil allows you to plant what will grow best.
Doing the appropriate research and market studies prior to starting new ventures can make or break your success. These studies can help show you where the market has opportunities and where the opportunities are saturated so you have a greater chance of beginning ventures that will thrive!
In order to ensure the proper growth of your plot, you must kill the weeds that currently exist. Failure to do so could result in the weeds choking out your plants.
Weeds are anything that do harm to our growth and hold us back from achieving success. These can include bad habits, inadequate systems, wrong attitudes, and countless other deterrents. We must uproot these inhibitors when starting a new journey or they may choke out your possibility of success.
Using our soil tests, we can then supplement as necessary with fertilizer and lime in order to prepare the soils for optimal growth.
It is important to take the findings of our research and use this information to obtain the proper knowledge and skills needed to reach the optimal levels of success. Find out what you need that will take you from good to great!
After my previous attempt of simply throwing seed in hopes of success, I decided to take the time to till the soil. This loosened the otherwise hard earth to allow the new seeds to take sprout.
How do we till the soil with opportunities in life? I would equate this to finding opportunities for your product or business to thrive. This is where your marketing and sales teams shine.
Now that we have our weeds killed, our soils with the proper nutrients, and the seed bed prepared, we are ready to plant our seed.
Because we have followed the correct procedures and taken the appropriate steps, we have created a high opportunity environment for our seed, giving it a stronger possibility of growth and success.
When planting, there are elements that we rely on for growth that we cannot control, like rain and sunlight.
However, the great news is that in our analogy we can control these! The elements needed for growth are hard work and proper management. With these two factors, you can take on the difficulties that come your way without facing devastation.
With these steps you can be fully prepared to take on new ventures and opportunities that arise! Just remember before you plant the seed, do the prep work that will give you the best return on your time, money and hard work.
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