Seeds of Positivity
Spring time in the Midwest is an exciting time of year. The snow melts (maybe not this year)...the frigid cold gives way to warmer weather and the sun is finally bright in the sky.
Soon the farmers will be back in the fields for planting and hobby gardeners will be tilling the earth getting it ready to drop in seeds for this year’s crop.
What do those farmers and hobby gardeners plant? They plant produce that ends up on tables across the world or at the local farmers market? A positive experience for everyone indeed.
In Earl Nightingale's 1956 book "The Strangest Secret" Earl was quoted to say "we are what we think about all day long". He compared the human mind to the earth. Stating "the human mind is much like a farmer’s land. The land gives the farmer a choice. He may plant in that land whatever he chooses. The land doesn’t care what is planted. It’s up to the farmer to make the decision. The mind, like the land, will return what you plant, but it doesn’t care what you plant."
See we have about 65,000 thoughts a day.
What if those 65,000 thoughts were actually seeds? Seeds planted into our brains. Would we have 65,000 weeds ready to grow? Or something positive like sweetcorn?
Do you believe we all have the power to choose our thoughts? And that our thoughts can help us have success, live healthier lives and have stronger relationships?
And would you get behind that idea that our thoughts, in fact, are about the only thing in life we can choose? Events will happen to and for us all day long – how we respond to the events is our choice.
Still not buying it?
We have so much research to back up this data and here are a few for you to see for yourself….
Ever heard of Martin Seligman? He is the founder of the Positive Psychology and he has done so much research on the value of thinking positively – He has even written 20 books on this topic and has done several Ted Talks. Here is one for you to enjoy: https://www.ted.com/talks/martin_seligman_on_the_state_of_psychology
In a nut shell, he has researched and found that thinking positively will help people feel happier, less depressed and less stressed.
Pioneer of popularizing the concept of positive thinking Dr. Norman Vincent Peale put it this way: “If you think in negative terms, you will get negative results. If you think in positive terms, you will achieve positive results.”
One of my favorite books is The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. Shawn has spent over a decade living, researching, and lecturing at Harvard University on the science of happiness and positivity. Shawn states that when we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. Check out his link on The Happy Secret to Better Work https://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work/transcript?language=en
The next time you are complaining or feeling down because of choices you have made and the circumstances that are out of your control...remember to think about what type of produce you want to grow this year.