If you curse the rain and then complain when the sun shines too hot, you may be missing out on one of life’s greatest principles. Call it karma, the law of attraction, the golden rule, the law of the harvest, or any of its other monikers. This age-old principle is aging like a fine wine in a world of increasing negativity. Plant the seed of positive thinking in your garden and watch what grows!
When properly cared for, a garden will produce fruits and vegetables that are beneficial to the body. As useful as a garden is, however, it would be a shame if its practicality ended at the dinner table. A garden’s greatest value may be found in analogy.
In the book As a Man Thinketh by James Allen, the author states: “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.”
Planting the Right Seeds
Have you ever approached a prospective distributor about the opportunity, and he wasn’t receptive? After thanking him for his time, did you say to yourself, “I knew he wouldn’t be interested”? And all the while you’re wondering how distributors in your upline seem to win the interest of everyone they talk to.
What if you had the power to influence—for good—your interactions with potential distributors? The truth is that you do. The effort you put into programming your thoughts and attitude will be reflected in your interactions.
The Seeds of Doubt and Fear
Consider the classic example of two people (let’s call them Mike and John) who come in contact with a group of “troubled teens” on the street.
Mike is a former counselor for troubled teens and, based on previous experiences, knows that deep down these are good kids who, for one reason or another, don’t understand how to get the love and acceptance they want. Mike walks right up to the kids and starts kidding around with them, establishing immediate rapport. Before parting, he cautions them to stay out of trouble, and leaves with a smile. The scene played out just as he had anticipated it would.
John, on the other hand, has little experience with troubled teens. In fact, the only thing he knows about troubled teens is that they toilet papered his house last Halloween and bullied his son once after a high school football game. The pre-judgments taking place in John’s mind will be manifested in his interaction—or lack thereof—with the group. Likewise, sensing John’s fear and resentment, the troubled teens will inevitably react in such a way so as to produce the fruit of the seed John planted.
Your thoughts, preconceived notions, and expectations will all be mirrored by those with whom you come in contact. By thinking positively and expecting a favorable outcome, you can greatly increase your chances of having good interactions with prospective distributors each and every time.
The Seed of Choice
Like a radio that offers new music with each turn of the dial, life is ready and able to provide you with whatever it is you may be seeking—from the most virtuous virtue to the most visceral vice. The various frequencies on your FM/AM radio are ever-present over the airways, but it isn’t until you choose to tune into one of them that you will hear that station’s music and bring that influence—good or bad—into your life.
In life, your thoughts act as the tuner for your mind and, thus, determine what kind of mental music you listen to and are influenced by. Some popular mental music stations play music featuring negativity and co-starring self-pity. With so many options available, why spend time listening to the same old song? Commit now to wake up tomorrow with the attitude that today will be the best day of your life. Then mentally plan how your day will be successful and how you will respond to potential challenges. And don’t be surprised when you do have an extraordinary day or when people start coming into your life who share your same beliefs. After all, they’re listening to the same station you are.
Now that you know you can choose to dance to a different tune—even though you may have been listening to the same one for years—what kind of “mental music” will you select from this day forward? And will you be programming yourself for success?
The Master Gardener Challenge
The garden analogy proves to be fertile soil in giving birth to some of life’s most valuable lessons. Just as seeds in a garden need sun, water, and soil to thrive, so the seeds of successful and positive thought require nurturing in the form of discipline, practice, and—most importantly—belief.
Take the Master Gardener challenge: First, define why you are passionate about you company. Then, get excited about sharing that passion with others and envision everyone you come into contact with embracing the opportunity. Finally, over the next week, contact at least 10 people with your new and improved mindset. The power of your positive thoughts will greatly enhance your interactions, and even if your prospect isn’t immediately receptive…you just may have planted a seed.
Master Gardener Reading List
- As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
- Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
- The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
- Beyond the Summit by Todd Skinner
- The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
- Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach