For the past 10 years or so, we have relied on a local guy named Keith to mow our lawns.

He’s generally accompanied by a massive St Bernard dog, much to the fascination of our kids and he’s done a great job for us.

However, Karen and I sat down and realised how much money we would save if we just bought our own lawn mower and did it ourselves (or should I say myself?).

So we bought one a couple of weekends ago and I’ve already had my first shot at mowing our own lawns.

As I contemplated this change for us, I realised that there are a few important principles that we can learn from lawn mowers.

You need fuel – Having a lawn mower doesn’t help much if you don’t have the fuel to start it up and keep it going as well.

Similarly, we can have a great education, exciting job or ambitious goals, but if we don’t have the motivation (or fuel) to go along with it, we won’t be able to take full advantage of our situation.  Keep the fire burning and remember to maintain a high level of motivation, because without it, you won’t get too far.

Don’t wait too long – Whilst I’m not planning to mow the lawns every weekend, I also know that if I leave it too long and let the grass grow too much, then it just gets harder to do.

In our own lives there are certain things that we have to do, and if we leave it too long, it just gets harder and harder.  It may be a difficult conversation that you need to have or a bad habit that you need to deal with, I would suggest tackling it now rather than waiting for the grass to grow longer, making an already tough task even more challenging.

It’s more satisfying when you do it yourself – The lawn always looked nice after Keith had finished mowing it, but strangely it looks better now that I’ve started to do it myself.  This isn’t because I’ve done a better job, but because of the satisfaction that I get from looking at a task I’ve done myself.

Sometimes in life we hope that someone else will come in and save the day.  Much like Snow White, we wait for our Prince Charming to arrive and feel disappointed when he doesn’t turn up.  I want to encourage you today to take charge of your career, your relationships, your finances, your faith and your development.  Don’t rely on someone else to make things better, but do it yourself.  I know it’s hard work, but it’s also much more satisfying when the job’s done.

Theses are the simple lessons that I’ve learned from my new lawn mower.

Can you think of anything else to add?

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