Leave a Legacy
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.
Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan
Aug 28, 2012
From Legacy Moment (08/24/2012).
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A bit trite and easy to trivialize? Yet that's what makes an aphorism so easy to recall. Remembering a simple line and repeating it often is how I've learned to do many things.
In learning to fly, I said — "I love to land."
In learning to speak in front of large groups, I told myself — "If this presentation helps just one person, it'll be worth it."
In learning to write a book, I repeated — "Five sentences make a paragraph, eight paragraphs make a page and 300 pages make a book."
In learning to be a business owner, I vowed — "I can do it better."
Well, you get the point. Using simple, often-repeated statements will help you to learn new skills or reinforce new habits. If you've attended a Legacy Project Workshop, you've heard Ron McMillan, co-author of Crucial Conversations, say, "Get your head right, get your heart right... That's the key to setting up the [family] meeting."
Give it a try the next time you're faced with a difficult situation. Relating directly to succession, I remind folks that the only difference between the person you are today and the one you'll be tomorrow "is the decisions you make and the actions you take." Plan now to leave a lasting legacy.
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