It's no secret that ranching & homesteading require a lot of work. Sometimes there is an immediate return, but more often than not, there is a lot of labor, and a lot of time put into somthing before you reap any benefits. Just like planting seeds for harvest.
So how do I ensure a return on my investment? How do I build a solid foundation and deep roots? How to I establish a legacy?
Ranching & homesteding is like any other business. It doesn't just happen. It takes thought and consideration. It takes consistency. It takes patience. It takes persistence. It takes PREPAREDNESS.
"Luck is when preparation meets opportunity."
I love that the start of a New Year falls during winter. Because in our world, wintertime provides a season of reflection on the previous year and preparation.for the upcoming year. Winter provides some down time from the rigorous daily grind of summer work and projects. A break from riding the range, building fence, harvesting beef & chicken, gardening, canning, preserving, baling hay, making deliveries to customers, and many other laborous and time consuming demands.
But it's not a relief from the mental grind.
A lot of PREPARATION for the upcoming year happens NOW! We review the past year, analyzing what worked and what needs improvement. We look for areas to grown and expand, mapping out how to make it happen and creating vision boards. We plan, we budget, we reserach, we schedule.
Becuase when opportunity arises, we want to be prepared! Becuase we never want to be stagnant. Becuase we never want to stop learning, and dreaming, and buidling a legacy. Because when spring arrives, we need to be ready to hit the ground running. Becuase we always want things to be better than the year before...better for our land, our livestock, our family ,and our customers.
And in order to be better, to continue to build on a solid foundation, a legacy that can't be uprooted....we must prepare.
What are you doing TODAY to prepare you for when opportunity arises?