Sow the life you want to reap.

Cliches don’t become cliches without earning their reputation. They’re born when an idea catches fire. A piece of wisdom is packaged into a catchy phrase that sticks in our minds like a mantra. It’s truth becomes nearly unanimous and we pass it around like it’s contagious.

I’ve found many cliches to ring true throughout the years, but none so clearly as this one: we reap what we sow.

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Do you want to be successful?

Avoid distractions and the people who say you can’t. Don’t confuse a dream with a goal. Dreams never leave your sleep.

Instead, do your research. Make a plan. Discipline yourself and work diligently toward an achievable goal. Let your plans become your seeds and see how they grow. Pace yourself. Track yourself.

You’ll be amazed at what you produce.

Do you want to be happy?

Don’t surround yourself with negativity. Avoid people who pull you to the ground and put you down. The mind is extremely powerful, but it’s also delicate. Your environment and your thoughts set the blueprint to your life.

When you tell yourself you can’t, you won’t. When you surround yourself with people who are angry, you too will become angry. When you expect your life to change but do nothing to improve it, you’re bound to be let down.

Become your cheerleader, not your critic. Humility and self-depreciation are not the same thing. Surround yourself with people who encourage you, and if you’re in an environment that hurts you, get out. Believe in yourself, and love on other people the way you want them to love on you. Compassion is contagious.

If I have learned anything, it’s that happiness is a product of your own actions. Only you can build the life you want to have. Even if the life you were dealt isn’t the one you chose, you have the power to make a choice; several choices, in fact.

What kind of life are you sowing?


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