Today’s Monday Motivator article is from Jim Donovan, who wrote ”Handbook to a Happier Life” and is about planting positive thoughts in your mind. We as a race can choose our thoughts, so choose wisely and choose the positive ones.
Plant Your Garden
There’s a saying in the computer industry GI-GO – garbage in, garbage out. It means that you get out exactly what you put in. This principle applies to our mind as well.
Norman Vincent Peale, perhaps the most well known proponent of positive thinking, has said that if you remove all the negative thoughts from your mind, you must put something back in their place.
We simply cannot live in a mental vacuum. If we do not replace the negative thoughts with something positive, they will eventually return and we will slip back into our old negative thinking patterns.
As James Allen said in his book, As A Man Thinketh, 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 we want our lives to remain positively directed, we must continually plant positive thoughts, affirmations and sayings on a regular basis. Perhaps this is why I am constantly reading motivational material, listening to tapes in my car, using affirmations and trying to associate with positive people in general.
I have found that the quality of my life improves in direct proportion to the amount of time I spend listening to or reading positive, uplifting material. Maybe one of the reasons I write is that I need to continually reaffirm these principles for myself.
There is an old proverb that says, We teach best what we most need to learn. If that is the case with my writing, so be it. My desired outcome is that we all benefit and grow from sharing these ideas.
As Wayne Dyer so beautifully puts it, Everybody on the planet who is on the side of helping to improve the quality of life for all people is on my team. We are, in fact, a team. We need to surround ourselves with people who are equally committed to personal growth. It is important to develop a network or support group of like–minded people.
With all the negativity around, it is extremely important for those of us who are trying to focus on the good and promote positive ideas, to share our experience and thoughts. This is truly a win – win situation.
Read through this article again and you will get more out of it. I have learned you have to read most things THREE times before you fully grasp the meaning of the authors words.
Have a terrific week and choose the positive thoughts. Makes a huge difference and conserves a lot of energy.