The Day You Plant The Seed Is Not The Day You Eat The Fruit – Play The Long Game

Be like Lizzo, start planting and sowing and growing TODAY. Let’s talk about impatience and what you miss out on if you jump ahead too quickly.

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Hello my friends and welcome back to another episode of This Quote Changed My Life – a podcast about inspired action. My name is Tracey and I’m a Wellness Coach based in Australia, and I’m the host of the show.

I am now back into our usual routine – the summer break over December and January tends to be a mix of energy, but now we’re halfway through February, I’m getting a better handle of our schedules which is kind of comforting actually. Do you guys like routine aswell?

The quote I’m going to talk about today is one that I would share with my kids – though we should really share it with anyone and everyone because I really believe that we often are impatient. This modern world allows to be in touch with people and news and entertainment within seconds – we have technology that’s getting faster and smarter and we expect things to be just done after 1 try.

The quote is – the day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit

The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit.

So what they’re really trying to remind you is – that the day you start the project, start working towards your goal – is not the same day you finish it.

It is really rare that your goal is achieved in one day – and nothing ever worth doing can be done that quick, right? Think about it – what would you learn if you got want you wanted straight away? If you wanted to lose 10kgs and by the evening, you did it, 10kgs down. You got what you wanted – but you learnt nothing, you didn’t experience obstacles and how to get through them, you never learnt how to eat for your body, you never learnt how to move your body in a way that you enjoy. You never put in the work, for however long it was necessary. How sad would that be? To get what you wanted, but never really learning anything about the process. You could never repeat it, because you don’t know the steps.

You can say the same thing about overnight success – take Lizzo for example – Lizzo seemed to have popped up out of nowhere in the last year, when in fact she has been working HARD for the last 10 years. When we see someone like Lizzo, we are probably only seeing the tip of the iceberg, the frenzy and the accolades. We don’t realise that she’s spent her life perfecting her craft, learning the flute, learning to how write songs, sing those songs, perform those songs. It didn’t happen overnight, she didn’t just decide one day to be a star and the next day she was one – it took time and hard work to get where she is today.

So when it comes to our kids – I think it’s important that they see us fail, they see us work hard, put in the extra hours, make decisions, pivot, step outside our comfort zones, win, lose, change our minds. When they see all of this, all the colours of the rainbow, then they start to realise it’s not as quick as they’d like it to be and hopefully this inspires them to not give up on Day Two. Or on Day Three. Or when something doesn’t go to plan. I hope it inspires them to look at the obstacles as opportunity, as a chance to try it a different way, instead of giving up together.

This is why I love this quote – the day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit. Because even the fruit tree takes time to grow, and so should we.

So let me know – what do you think of this quote? How does it resonate with you? Do you recognise impatience in yourself too?

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thank you for listening to this episode, I hope it inspires you to keep going with whatever goal or project you are working on. Remember we are playing the long game here, nothing great ever comes easy – you’ve got this.

Speak to you next week!