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Knee High by the 4th of July

Updated: Jul 10, 2018

An old farming saying – “knee high by the 4th of July” – indicates an important benchmark for growers to determine if they would have a good corp of corn. There's no clear explanation when, where or why the phrase started. But even with its uncertain origins, it sticks around as a simple rhyme. If the corn is "knee high by the 4th of July,” it means the crop is doing well and a good harvest is ahead.

My friend Bryan and I went for a bike ride on the morning of July 4th. We passed a few fields of corn, and I noticed some fields were not as high in growth as others. The different growth in the fields allowed me to reflect upon goal setting and targets. Many people are fond of promising to deliver growth, but far fewer realize those ambitions. The halfway point of this year is the perfect opportunity to reflect, take ownership of what you've accomplished and create an action plan to finish the second half of the year strong. Personal development comes in many forms, and each of us is likely to need an individualized plan.

As you determine your goals, pause and look back at what's happened in your personal and professional life over the past 6 months. Make a list of all of the things that you've accomplished so far this year. This helps you see patterns of where you've already dedicated time in your growth and which areas received your closest attention.


As you enjoy nature this summer, think about what results you can achieve in your life between now and the end of the year. Look at the abundance around you. Should this feel a bit overwhelming and you’re not sure where to start – reach out to me; I am a coach. I offer individual and group coaching sessions. These sessions will provide you with accountability and step by step guidance on how to create, design and manifest the life and/or business you want. You’ll develop a much higher level of self-awareness, clarify your goals and implement systems for maximizing your results in your personal and professional life. www.pennvieau.com

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