Do Your Thoughts Need ‘Weeding?’
Beliefs are like gardening. Have you wondered why you can develop new, positive thoughts, and then old behaviors and outcomes reappear? It is like getting a second crop in your garden. You plant new seeds but old stuff from last season comes up again. Beliefs are like thorns, they are hard to remove, and the roots grow in new places. Thoughts create feelings—old thoughts often bring more intense and better feelings than new thoughts because we don’t have enough positive outcomes yet to create a new feeling. You must consciously reward the new belief. For example, if you think skipping the gym or not consistently prospecting is a bad thing, but you continue to do so you haven’t gotten to the root of the problem. Somewhere there is a belief that missing a couple days doesn’t matter. Removing self-limiting mental baggage is like weeding a garden—it takes constant effort.
“I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.”
– Abraham Lincoln