In Part 4 of the series we are going to talk about planting seeds. Your mind is a fertile garden. What you plant in it will grow. Or, perhaps more accurately, what is planted in it will grow. If you want to reap the harvest you desire, you have to make sure you plant the right seeds.
“Imagination is the true magic carpet.”
–Norman Vincent Peale
We talked about imagining yourself the way you want to be in our last article. It is important to continue to do that. Commit to yourself to take a few minutes when you get up in the morning, and a few minutes before you go to bed at night, to picture yourself in your mind’s eye as a successful business person. Picture leads coming to you for information about your business. Instead of feeling desperate about the amount of people in your downline, feel content and excited about people chasing you down wanting to know how you became successful in network marketing.
Beyond your own imagination, make sure you feed your mind with other sources of good information too. Everything you see or hear is a seed being planted in your mind garden. You may not be personally planting them, but just as surely as the wind carries a dandelion seed to your lawn so that it can sprout up in the spring, these images, sounds and thoughts are being planted in your mind where they will grow.
So much of what surrounds us and enters our minds is negative. How often do you hear good news on the radio or TV? How often do you read an inspiring story on the front page of your local newspaper? How many magazines cover stories deal with success and heroism? When you are standing at the checkout stand, do you overhear people talking about how wonderful their lives are and how successful and rich they are? Do your friends or family members frequently tell you about their amazingly close and fulfilling relationships with others in their lives? How many people tell you how deliriously happy they are to get up and go to work every day?
Do you see what I mean?
“Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.”
Unfortunately, this applies to both good and bad. So, if we are receiving negative input the majority of our 16+ wakeful hours a day, we need to make sure we are counteracting that with plenty of positive input. I highly recommend you build up a personal library of motivational books. Read books by W. Clement Stone, Napoleon Hill, Norman Vincent Peale, Stephen Covey, Anthony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, Dale Carnegie, or any of the other wonderful authors. In addition to reading, I listen to MP3 files and CDs most of the time instead of the radio. Don’t get me wrong, I love music, and I also listen to a lot of music during the day. But, even then, I am careful about what I listen too. If you pay attention to most of the lyrics of popular music — old or new — you’ll discover that most of it consists of negative seeds just waiting to sprout weeds in the garden of your mind. So, I recommend you even be careful about your choice in music. I am not suggesting you become a monk and seal yourself off from anything and everything negative, just that you be aware of the powerful negative influences you are surrounded by every day. You may decide you want to go watch the latest slasher movie, just be sure you counteract that with something good.
“Live out of your imagination, not your history.”
Remember that repetition is a key component of changing your habitual thoughts. Many of us are held back by remembering our failures of yesterday instead of imagining our successes of tomorrow. If you don’t have enough successes of your own to think about, borrow someone else’s! There are lots of motivational stories out there. Find one that you can identify with, and memorize it; replaying it often in your mind. See yourself living out that kind of success. Talk to your upline, downline, cross line. Find someone who inspires you.
Put yourself on a self-improvement program. Determine to read a book a month (or a week, if you are a fast reader). Listen to a CD a week. In fact, I’d recommend you listen to the same one every day for a week to make sure you really get what the speaker is saying. Take classes. There are on-line classes and correspondence classes that you can take on your schedule. But, you should always keep your mind active and learning. It is well worth the time and effort spent. This is part of what Stephen Covey refers to as “sharpening the saw.” The analogy is that of a woodcutter using a saw to chop down trees. He is so busy chopping, that he never takes the time to sharpen the blade. In the beginning, he chops down a lot of trees in short order. But, eventually, he ends up cutting fewer trees less efficiently because his blade becomes dull.
In Part 5, we’ll cover the last step in the process — action.
Until next time…