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Kevin Spafford is Farm Journal’s succession planning expert for the Farm Journal Legacy Project.  He hosts the nationally-televised ‘Leave a Legacy’ TV, facilitates an ongoing series of workshops for farm families across the U.S., and is the author of Legacy by Design: Succession Planning for Agribusiness Owners.

Try Always Fails

Apr 02, 2013

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You've heard it, but it might not have registered a reaction. We've all said it, but maybe not with literal intent. To try is to admit that the task will almost assuredly not be accomplished. We only try when we think we can't. If you know you can, you do. So really there is only try and do. The first is an early admission of failure; the latter is a declaration of action, a goal for achievement and a commitment. When discussing succession with a family, I often hear comments like, "we should try..." or "we're going to give it a try..." but neither rings with the sound of true commitment.

Commitment is one of the five keys to planning success. It is the fuel for accomplishment. Like a seed planted in the ground, an idea firmly planted in the mind will germinate and generate a result. That's why a person should be careful to plant positive seeds and count on success. An acorn can only grow an oak tree; it cannot contradict the laws of nature and do otherwise.

The same applies to your thoughts. Positive thoughts can only generate positive results and negative thoughts can only generate negative result. Think of the goal you want to achieve; the vision you see in your mind. Then work diligently, confident that you will achieve it—and you will.

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 For more on the power to accomplish, we recommend James Allen's 1902 classic, "As a Man Thinketh" (free digital download).

If you missed last week's farm family profiles on "Leave a Legacy TV," catch the complete episode online now.

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