You Reap What You Sow

“Well, that happened! My greatest fear has come true. I was transferred to a job at the lowest end of the company’s pay grade. And, I told you so, didn’t I? I had been very anxious about it, holding my breath, constantly on pins and needles, but no, you were harping on the same string – don’t worry, think positively. God, you were wrong!” a woman in tears was fretting during her second visit to me.

“Don’t you think that you might have contributed to such an outcome with your anxiety and fear? Listen to me, dear, the principle of sowing and reaping is one of the strongest laws of the universe.”

“The way I understand it is that we need to be careful about what we do, because that’s exactly what we get back. Well, I did my job the best I possibly could, but I’ve been kicked back down the career ladder anyway!”

“Yes, but all your hard work had been soaked in constant fear and misgivings. Do you remember what I told you about it the last time you were here?”

“It’s just that I’m doomed, that’s it. I have a co-worker, you know, unbelievably stupid, wearing that silly grin all the time, works as much as she wants, yet everything goes her way. Things just fall into place for her, she has all the luck. If I could borrow her brain for just five minutes, I wouldn’t have worried about a thing.”

“There’s no such thing as doom! Your thoughts had created your emotions. The emotions shaped your actions, building your character and moulding your fate! Don’t use bad luck as an excuse – swing into action, stop repeating your mistakes, do something for yourself.

The underlying cause of an achievement is always a thought.

Be very careful with your thoughts. Thinking is a process developing in images, which, in turn, spark emotions within. We choose our actions almost exclusively based on emotions, and eventually there’s a result. If you want to change the result, you need to change the way you think!

The law of cause and effect is key to either a success or a failure, in any area of life. All our successes and failures are nothing but the consequences.

Many believe that success hinges on external factors only, including mum and dad’s connections. Some may ascribe it to skills or knowledge, but mostly to a concurrence of events we can’t explain, and like to call luck. If you read the biographies of the most successful people in history, however, you’ll see that it’s nowhere near the truth. What does success depend on then?

People tend to think that the cause behind even the greatest of achievements was satisfaction of a basic need. This is only partially true. Think about it for a while. Was a basic need behind any major invention? It wasn’t.

The underlying cause of any action is an emotion. We are emotional beings, and it’s only emotions that can get us going. Emotions can inspire superhuman efforts and great deeds. Emotions can also encourage negative actions, which have negative results as a consequence.

When people speak about emotions, the most commonly used words are: “I don’t like it,” “I hate to do this or that,” “it really gets on my nerves,” “it’s so annoying,” or the like. I can go on like this forever. People are focused outward, which is why they tend to look for the reason behind their emotions in their surroundings. Is it so? If you think again, you’ll realise that your emotions depend directly on how you see someone or something, and that these images shape your emotions. If we want to change our emotions, we need to change the images we have created. Can we change the images? Of course we can!

“How does that work?”

“Think about your workplace, and you’ll see the image of your thoughts on your mental screen. We think in pictures! Tell me, what do you see? Yourself worse off than now? “

“That’s right.”

“Well, what you see is what you sow. With every single thought to come, you are watering and nourishing exactly what you’ve sown. Having created an ideal setting for such thoughts to grow, do you really expect a different result to reap?”

Remember: The quality of your life depends on you, and you alone.

There’s no such thing as bad luck! Your thoughts create your emotions. Your emotions create what you do, what you do builds your character, and your character shapes your fate! Don’t you ever mention bad luck, that’s just an excuse. Instead, buckle down, don’t step on the same rake twice and do something clever for a change.

The law of cause and effect works always and everywhere, independently of our awareness. You may accept it or not, but it defines our fate.