Inspiration and lessons for your leadership journey!
“It [the mind] doesn’t care what we plant... success or failure… a concrete, worthwhile goal... or confusion, misunderstanding, fear, anxiety, and so on.
Have you ever been around someone who is full of negativity, worry, anxiety, and complaints? It’s no fun, right?
I used to be like that. Negative and no fun. That negativity permeated my life and I reaped the fruits of that negativity. That was no fun, too.
That all changed for me when I began using the tools, lessons, and techniques I describe in A Travel Guide to Leadership.
I gained inspiration from works like the first gold record for the spoken word, The Strangest Secret. In it, Earl Nightingale compares the mind to the land owned by a farmer. You are the farmer.
You see, the mind doesn’t care what you plant in it, just like the land doesn’t care what a farmer puts in the ground. This analogy is very familiar to Christians. The New Testament says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”
As leaders – or as anyone who wants to be happy and successful – we must take a look at what’s in our garden and how we tend it.
One of the difficulties we face is that many of the seeds planted in our mind were not planted by us. They were planted by our parents, the environment of our upbringing, our culture, religion, media, governments, corporations, and so on.
Many of those seeds have fully bloomed and they may no longer serve our higher purpose, growth, success, or well-being. Some of those seeds that were planted long ago are now actually harmful – choking out or poisoning our mind-garden.
They may have been planted accidentally, or even on purpose. Either way, not all of the fruits in our mind’s garden that we reap daily serve us or others well.
One of the most important lessons, if not the most important lesson, on our journey is to realize that we must take control of our mind and our thoughts in order to be happy, successful, and to grow heartily.
Open your mind and heart to the strangest secret.
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Alan Mikolaj is a a professional, experienced, positive, and passionate speaker, leadership and organizational development consultant, change agent, author, and coach. He holds his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University. He is a certified graduate coach from Coaching Out of the Box and holds his ACC and membership with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
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