I am a big believer in the power of the mind. I have seen how positive thinking can influence outcomes and likewise, how negative thinking can be attributed to negative results. Call it what you will, we are surrounded by books that try to explain this Secret of Success. I have read countless books on this subject and as you study them you come to realize, they are all very similar. As a Man Thinketh author, James Allen says, “A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.” And this quote, like many others in similar books, can also be attributed to the bible. For example, Galatians 6:7 states, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” And in Job 4:8, “As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.”
As I grow older, I now understand that these are not just “suggestions” or cool quotes. They are absolutely the laws of our great universe and apply to all who understand and apply them. As I’ve gone further into this journey, I have tried to stay positive and visualize what eating healthy and exercising regularly will bring me and how I will change. But more importantly, I have come to realize that I had been ignoring these same principles in other areas of my life. While so much of my time has been devoted to understanding food and exercise and how they affect my body, I have decided to spend more time on my mind and spirit, knowing that I will be a much better person as a result.
One thing I feel many of us neglect is the work this requires. When I decided to get healthier, I was very aware of the work it will take. I would need to exercise more, give up some foods I loved and make some lifestyle changes. We all know this! But so many of us just don’t put the work in and in return, don’t get the results. I have always tried to be a good person and go to church regularly as well as volunteer (check the “Spirit’ box off) as often read things that stimulate me (check the “Mind” box off). But how hard was I working on those? Was I volunteering as much as I could? Was I offering help when I could have been relaxing at home? And why not look into a class that help me learn something new? These things are what I would consider putting in the work required to grow.
I don’t care how terrible things may seem to me at times or how something I really wanted and expected didn’t work out, one thing I do every morning is to give thanks. I thank God for my health, my family and friends, having a roof over my head and food every day. I thank Him for being fortunate to live in a country where I am free and where I can sit on a beach or climb a mountain and admire the beauty of our world. And when I do this, my problems don’t go away, they just seem to hold a lot less power over me and get me to focus on the good. I feel like I am clearing out a few “weeds” in my mind. So instead of spending an extra hour in the gym this week, how about finding a way to cultivate that wonderful mind you’ve been given? Clear a few weeds out of that garden and see what begins to grow. I think you’ll be pleased with what begins to grow.