Have you ever looked closely at a package of seeds?

Most people look to the picture on the front of the package to find the beautiful vegetables or flowers they would love to grow. They aspire to have juicy red tomatoes, crisp green peppers, and healthy orange carrots. They imagine the colorful bouquets of fresh cut flowers that will decorate their table.

The picture on the package gives them something to work towards. It makes them feel that their efforts in planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting will be worth it.

Now, consider what would happen if the store just sold unmarked buckets of seeds, with no lovely pictures to show you the finished product. Would you know a carrot seed if someone put one in your hand? Would you be willing to plant random seeds in your garden, and wait to see what pops up out of the ground? It sounds risky, and you’re bound to end up with a hodge-podge of unplanned results.

Believe it or not, many people go about their life that way. Maybe you’re one of them.

In my time as a coach, I’ve seen many clients who planted seeds in their life or business that they couldn’t identify, and then just hoped for the best. When this happens, I’ve found that what they need is to slow down and create a well thought out Vision or Life Plan.

The front of the carrot seed package is a lot like your Vision. Without it, you’re working hard towards a goal that you can’t define. Many people can’t explain where they are headed to their friends, family, or even themselves. If you don’t have a clearly defined plan, it’s not too late.

Now is the time to rethink your garden, and plant the right seeds.

Think big, and write it all down. Use descriptive and even emotional language to depict how you want your life to be. Make detailed notes about everything you’ve ever wanted for your future. Paint a colorful, vivid picture. Nothing is too grand for you.

Time and again, I have seen clients set ambitious goals and craft beautiful images of what their future could look like. Once that Vision is written down, they know what seeds need to be planted. We work together to implement the right actions so that those seeds will grow.

Few things are more satisfying than looking back at that Vision, and knowing that you’ve finally begun to yield the results you planned for. It’s like stepping into your garden in the summer, and seeing a wealth of fresh vegetables that look even more luscious than the picture.

I wish you the best with your garden.

Are you planting the right seeds in your life and business? Have you ever looked back and realized you had been working toward the wrong results?