My grandmother was an awesome gardener. She lived in the city in a small house with a little backyard. She used what little land she had and produced a luscious garden with a variety of produce. I remember seeing her break up the hard ground and pull out all the rocks and debris before planting. Down on her knees, she would carefully and methodically pluck each weed by its roots before fertilizing the soil. When she dropped the seeds, there was not one weed, rock, or piece of debris on site. Watching her prepare and plant taught me three invaluable life lessons on growing my mind in order to live my dream.
Clear your growth space
Our mind is a garden ripe for planting. However, many of us do not experience a harvest of successful results because we don’t work to remove the mental weeds. Removing negative thoughts is critical because they can become overgrown and cover the growth space where positive ideas and dreams come to life. There are four types of negative thinking patterns you need to avoid:
- I am a victim – What happened to you is not who you are.
- I will not forgive – Bringing the pain of the past into the present will keep you from a better future.
- What if I fail? – Failure is not defeat. Keep failing forward.
- I have never done this – All learning starts out slow and can even be hard. But you have to start if you want to grow. So go harder when going is tough.
Don’t allow negative thoughts to dominate your thinking. Clear your mind so you can grow!
Fertilize your mind for success
What you fill your mind with on a daily basis will make you mentally weaker or stronger. Experts say that every time we teach ourselves something new our brains develop new connections and neurons. I call this fertilizing your mind for growth. So, the best way to set yourself up for success is to learn something new by habitually feeding your brain with positive and challenging information, and not just anything. Consume content that will push you outside of your comfort zone and towards your success
Set a growth time every day
My grandmother did not have a lot of space and time. She had a full-time job and a family! But she planned time for gardening. When she did, everybody enjoyed the harvest, so it was well worth the extra effort. I know you don’t have a lot of time. Little by little, you need to devote time to developing yourself, even if it is only fifteen minutes a day. I read books and listen to audio about something new every day. I do it in the morning, afternoon, and evening. I take small bites out of a lot of content. Decide on a schedule that works for you and be deliberate about creating time to grow. You are worth it!