Keep the Momentum in your Regenerative Farm Business

Sharpen your Sword.

Tony Robbins, along with other influential figures, underscores the critical importance of dedicating time to “Sharpen our Sword/Axe,” a concept rooted in a timeless proverb often attributed to Abraham Lincoln: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” This age-old wisdom holds valuable insights for our personal and professional growth.

In essence, the proverb urges us to recognise the necessity of continuous self-improvement and preparation before taking on significant tasks. It serves as a metaphor, reminding us that investing time in honing our skills and knowledge pays off in the long run. Merely plunging into tasks without adequate preparation often results in suboptimal outcomes. This holds true for our endeavours in farming and beyond.

Every day, we can immerse ourselves in the operational aspects of our business, applying familiar methodologies and relying on existing expertise. However, this routine approach may not always lead to sustained success. The quote serves as a reminder that regular moments dedicated to skill enhancement and acquiring fresh knowledge are paramount. By doing so, we equip ourselves with the tools needed to propel our endeavours towards greater success and achievement.

Furthermore, the quote prompts us to step back from the day-to-day bustle of farm activities and take a broader view of our operations. In the midst of daily tasks such as sowing, joining, drenching, weaning, and selling, we often lose sight of the larger picture. This is where the notion of “Working On The Business (WOTB)” as opposed to “Working In The Business (WITB)” comes into play.

WOTB time affords us the opportunity to concentrate on strategic aspects that can truly impact our business positively. It’s a chance to make pivotal decisions, guiding the direction of our farm operations. While the “work in the business” activities primarily engage our physical efforts, the “working on the business” endeavours engage our intellectual capabilities, leading to decisions that can yield significant financial and operational gains.

As farmers, there might be a prevailing perception that if we’re not physically present in the paddock, we aren’t truly working. However, this mindset overlooks the indispensable value of strategic planning and decision-making—activities that occur when we step back and focus on “working on the business.” This distinction is vital in shaping a successful and fulfilling business and life.

Over the coming months Glen Chapman, Southern Blue Regenerative, will be running Sharpen Your Sword workshops for graduates/participants of past Holistic Management courses. These 2 day workshops are squarely focused on Working on Your Business and gaining some focus and direction for the coming 12 months. This will include some business financial analysis, strategic planning using the Holistic Strategic Business Plan Model to help clarify your business direction and set some goals. If you are interested book online for a workshop or submit a EOI for one in your region.