Despite recent snowstorms, we are in the midst of a transition to one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. We are reminded of the Creator’s plan for the renewal of the earth. We also see that our “winter” experiences are only temporary, as we witness the magnificent energy of new life popping up and bursting forth all around us. So, what’s blooming in your life this Spring? What kind of seeds have you planted this year? Are your reaping the harvest you expected?
We can direct our growth just as we can steer the activities in our gardens. We can select the type of seeds, shrubs or plants that end up making a home there. Our minds are the same. They are fertile gardens where seeds of all kinds can sprout. If we are not careful, bad seeds can produce poor results or none at all, and our efforts to feed and water those kinds of seeds are just a waste of time. Even some good seeds may not always thrive, but they have a better chance of yielding positive results.
Magnetize Your Mind’s Garden
There is a lot of talk about the failure of New Year’s resolutions to truly inspire us to change and grow. Resolutions are supposed to be indications of our resolve to achieve the things we desire to be, do and have. But I think that goals often do not work because we don’t work them.
Personal development gurus have one consistent message: write your goals down and read them every day. There is something wonderful that takes place when we nourish our minds and spirits with reminders of the things we want to accomplish in life, this year or even this week. The process of reading goals on a daily basis magnetizes our minds with possibilities. As a result, we become more receptive to ideas, insights and inklings. We actually become more attentive to our goals, and it’s almost as if our natural problem solving ability goes to work to show us possible routes we can take to get the things we want out of life.
With the specifics of our goals in the forefront of our minds, we naturally attract the people, situations and circumstances that can help us. A chance conversation, a newspaper article, or an email message from a friend or associate may all of a sudden contain the key that can unlock a treasure trove of help we have been searching for.
Phenomenal Daily Habits
Maximize your opportunities for success by making the following habits a part of your regular routine. Schedule time to brainstorm and list all of the goals and resolutions that have been on your mind. From that list, write down your top 5 goals in priority order. Then, practice these daily habits:
~ Place the list where you can easily read it every day – consider your palm pilot, address book, day runner or bathroom mirror as possible places for the list
~ Before leaving the house, make it a priority to read your list of goals
~ Book an appointment with yourself each day for a “power hour,” when you can pray, meditate and think about your goals without external interruptions
~ Read your goals just before going to bed to feed and reinforce your mind with rich ideas as you sleep
We all have different times of the day when we are at our best. Find your best time for the “power hour” and make a commitment to invest time in yourself. You may want to layer your activities – that is include two activities together, like walking and listening to tapes, or taking a yoga class to clear your mind while you think about your goals.
We are all responsible for the results we produce in life. The good news is that if we are dissatisfied with our results, we can plant different seeds. Practice the daily habits mentioned above and commit yourself to honoring your life by defining where you want to go. Prepare yourself with the skills and knowledge you will need to fuel your goals. And finally, remember that it is God that supplies all of your needs. Just ask, and you shall receive.
Are you ready for a phenomenal Spring?