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The Harvest Principle

What you sow, you reap in kind…

There is a principle in life that we all know. It goes like this, “You reap what you sow.” It is a reliable truth that we may ignore but cannot escape. It is a simple idea that is obvious in agriculture but just as true in all of life. If you sow corn, you won’t reap beets. You will reap corn. Or, applied to life, the choices we make today will reliably one day create consequences in kind with those choices. Sometimes, this principle is used to chide those who have made poor life decisions, pointing out their earlier ignorance that is now coming home to roost. But, for those who are wise, this “harvest principle” is a powerful life tool. If we make good choices now, it will pay off abundantly sometime down the road.

There are three corollaries to this principle.


The first is that what you sow, you reap in kind.

If you sow bad things, you will reap badness. If you sow good things, you will reap goodness. If you put inferior things in your Circle, your life will be weak, painful and difficult. If you put great things in your Circle, your life will become stronger, brighter and better. Those people whose lives we admire put the right things in their Circles early in their lives.


The second corollary is that the reaping takes time.

No one plants a seed and receives a harvest the next day. When the sun has provided its’ light, the rain its’ moisture, the ground its’ nutrients and time its’ opportunity, the time for reaping will come. This is also so with your Circle. There is a saying that goes, “Secrets, secrets are no fun. Secrets, secrets hurt someone”. It may seem that you have escaped any consequence from poor life choices until some time has passed and only then they come to light. Similarly, the rewards of good choices are not always quickly seen. Often, it is only when much time has passed that the harvest of your faithfulness, generosity and goodness becomes obvious.


The third corollary is that the reaping is always in abundance.

When you plant a tomato seed, you don’t harvest only one tomato. A bunch of them grow. Sometimes, more than you can eat and all from one small plant. And, so it is with your Circle. Poor life choices will produce much greater bad results. And, good life choices will result in blessings much beyond the seeds from which they grew.


What are you sowing in your life?   What would you like to sow?

About Jack Skeen

Jack Skeen
Jack Skeen, founder of Skeen Leadership, has been coaching bright and successful leaders for close to two decades, spending thousands of hours addressing every imaginable leadership, business and life issue with wisdom and professionalism.

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