Winter is upon us. White snow, the frigid breeze, and cuddling up with your loved ones under a toasty blanket. Planting anything is probably the furthest thing from your mind.
But right now is actually the best time to plant good thoughts for a happy life.
Your thoughts shape YOU.
Your thoughts are seeds.
Bad thoughts become weeds. They’re undesirable and do not support who you truly are.
Good thoughts become flowers. But you can’t just plant the seed and expect blooming. You need to nurture the seed if you want to see the beauty of the flower.
Take it Vicariously From Me
The thought was “you suck.”
The thought, repeated over many times, became my belief, that “I suck.” At this point, I couldn’t weed fast enough if I wanted to.
Because I believed I was a sad person, my actions were not conducive towards bringing me happiness. I didn’t do anything that made me feel good in a healthy way. I kept to myself. I didn’t leave indoors. I lived in front of the television or computer playing video games.
Habits formed. Anytime the worst happened, the thought crept back into my head, “It’s ok. You knew this would happen. Because you suck.”
“The kid who sucks” was who I became.
The Thought Farming Process
The day I changed was when I had the thought “Enough!! It’s time for a change.” I chose the thought “I am happy” and planted that seed deep into my consciousness.
Here’s how you can you can farm your thoughts to create who you are.
1. What Seeds Do You Want To Plant? Tomatoes, potatoes, berries, broccoli, eggplant? This is the easy part.
It’s as simple as choosing the fruits of the type of life you want to live.
What desires do you want to see become reality?
Do you want to be lean and fit? Do you want a family or a job that you enjoy? Do you want to be happy?
2. Cultivate Your Seeds. Water them. Give them light. Love them. This is the hard part. Consistent nurturing without results.
Remember the thoughts that you enjoy. Repeat them. Write them down on paper. Put them on your walls. Believe in them.
What happens as you cultivate is that you are providing an environment that is conducible to growth. You don’t see sprouting or flowering yet, but your seed is working underneath the soil, invisible to the eye. A root system is developing. The roots grow longer, push deeper, fortifying a strong foundation for future plant growth in your mind.
Consistent thoughts turn into beliefs, which turn into actions that eventually form habits.
You aren’t seeing results yet. Patience is a virtue.
You may grow tired or fatigued from the work without results. Don’t lose sight of the big picture. The world is working to make your wish a reality. It’s only a matter of time.
3. Observe…Is That a Sprout? A shoot pierces the surface of the dirt.
You’ve received your first compliment on how your skin shines from the dietary change you’ve made.
Or you noticed your clothes are fitting looser.
Or maybe it’s raining. You open the front door, step outside as heavy drops begin to slap the top of your head and shoulders, and you can’t wipe the smile off of your face from your choice to be happy.
The process is working.
4. Enjoy the Flower. You did it. Isn’t it beautiful?
At the end of your life, you’re going to look back with amazement at the garden you’ve created for yourself.
Your desire to be healthy, to choose happiness, to live according to your desires were not as silly or foolish as you thought they were.
As you get better at analyzing your thoughts, the security of who you are will become stronger.
You’ll be able to plant seeds, nourish them, and see the flower in your mind although not manifested physically in the world.
At this point, you’re not living life anymore. Your life is living you.
Time has become irrelevant because in your mind, you walk through your garden everyday.
And it’s beautiful.
What kinds of thought seeds are you planting?
Many Thanks to Billy Gregson for help editing this post.