“Our daily decisions and habits have a huge impact upon both our levels of happiness and success.” -Shawn Achor
Daily Nugget of Gold 1379
“You cannot take the mild approach to the weeds in your mental garden. You have got to hate weeds enough to kill them. Weeds are not something you handle; weeds are something you devastate.” -Jim Rohn
The only clue we see here about what Jim Rohn was talking about is in this one little word, “mental”. Even then, his point will be lost on most people who read that quote. That’s where we come in, there’s a job to do here and we’re willing to go to work for you in that regard.
If you’ve ever done any gardening, you may have noticed that weeds seem to come in an endless variety. This is important to know. It’s also pretty much a given that if the weeds aren’t attended to, they will very quickly take over and destroy the things in the garden you desired to have there. Even if you’ve prepared your garden in such a way to help keep it free from weeds, for instance, put weed control fabric down first or put mulch in, weeds still find a way to take root and grow, if you don’t stop them. The weeds in your mental garden are no different. They cannot be allowed to take root, because if they do, they will flourish and choke out the bountiful harvest that can be had.
So what are these mental weeds? How do you know what the difference between a thought which is good in your garden and one that’s destructive? We’re going to spend some time with you and help you identify them and thus assist you in getting rid of them. We cannot do the work of getting rid of them for you, however, that’s a job each of us must be willing to take on for ourselves.
One other word of caution on all of this before we begin, weeds are especially tough to control for one simple reason- they start with really tiny seeds which are everywhere. They blow in with the wind, they bury themselves in the ground with the water, they’re carried by insects and animals, and sometimes the weeds simply branch out to new locations in the soil. This is also how mental weeds take hold, they have tiny beginnings anywhere and everywhere, and they’ll sprout up in the most unlikely places if we let them.
Does it seem like we’re making too big a deal with this? Consider that Mr. Rohn was a multi-millionare. His harsh advice here wasn’t a fleeting thought but something he had come to realize after years of trial and error. We cannot allow the mental weeds to rule our garden should we wish to become truly wealthy and do great things. We really want to take a no-nonsense approach to eliminating them wherever they pop up. We also want to do whatever we can to prevent them from having a place to cling to in the first place. Let’s get into specifics as to what to do about the worst of the worst of this pesky invaders next time. Wear old clothes.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What are the thoughts that hurt my chances of success the most?”
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