Your Mind is a garden and you reap what you sow

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Author Lydia Johnson comments on how what we think about reflects like a garden and keeping it weed free makes for a great harvest!

The Jalapeno Handshake

We don't need more strength or more ability or greater opportunity. What we need is to use what we have.
Basil Walsh

People need to sit quietly more often, says Lydia Johnson, author of the bestselling book The Jalapeno Handshake. Many people have recently suffered severe economic hard times – the loss of a job, long term unemployment, failure of a business. They may feel compelled to take some kind of action, any action, whether it’s the correct course or not.
In her book Johnson advises putting the powers of your mind to work before jumping into things. Calling it the “superpower you already have,” she recommends that you think of your mind as a garden. By following simple steps, she says, you can harness the power of your subconscious mind and make better decisions.
Weed your garden. Most people’s minds are full of limiting beliefs, or weeds. I’m too fat, I’m too thin, I’m too old, I’m too young – the weeds are plentiful. Look at the notions you hold and see if they’re accurate. Mistaken beliefs may be causing you to overlook opportunities.
Fill your garden with the right plants. Replace limiting beliefs with positive and empowering ones. Each of us has individual strengths. Look at yourself realistically and make a list of yours. If you’re in doubt, ask family and friends what your strengths are. You might be surprised at what you discover.
Cultivate your garden. When you work in a physical garden, you make sure that your plants have the right amount of sunshine, water and fertilizer. Do the same with your mental garden. Read positive news stories, uplifting tales of success, biographies of people you admire.
Reap the harvest. After you’ve spent time sitting quietly, using your imagination, it’s time to put your new insights into action. Look for new resources and seek out opportunities that you previously thought were beyond you.
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