Plant the Good Seeds in Your Mind
A business coach I know once said, “Being a business owner is a self-development journey.” I cannot express how true that really is!
Even if you are just playing with the idea of growing your own business, I know you will have some negative thoughts that you will have to deal with. I hate to say it, but you will have doubts about your ability, what to sell, and what prices to charge for your product or service.
Oh, it gets better!
You’ll also likely experience feelings of angst about what your customers will think of you and your product or service, and you’ll likely have deep-rooted fears that you don’t know enough to really help anybody at all.
I’m not trying to bring you down. That is the last thing I’m trying to do! I’m trying to assure you that this is very, very, very normal. In fact, everyone I have ever spoken with has had some or all of these feelings, and I’m here to tell you what you can do about them!
Look At Your Mind As If It Were A Garden
If you’re a member of the Greenies Community and/or if you’ve been following me at all, you know that I love to present my points with garden analogies, and the reason why is because everything we do in our lives requires planting and cultivating to achieve our desired results. So, to help you with the disabling thoughts that every business owner faces, let’s look at your mind as if it were a garden.
If you were to take a patch of land and dig the soil and let it sit there, you can rest assured that it would take no time at all for weeds to invade the space, quite happily, in fact. You never invited them, but their seeds float in the wind or are already lying dormant in the soil ready to sprout, and you just gave them the perfect place in which to “blossom.”
A Clever Gardener
What the clever gardener does to avoid this from happening is to make sure that he or she plants vegetable seeds in the vacant space immediately. Once planted, the crop begins to grow, and the space is filled with the desired vegetation.
During this time, the gardener takes good care that any invasive weeds don’t take over. This is not a one-time thing. The garden must be maintained on a regular basis to be protected from these intruders.
Your Mind Is Exactly Like A Garden
You must go through the patch every so often and weed out the negativity that has started to grow before it gets too strong and sucks out the nutrients of the soil. For a new business owner, these weeds could include all sorts of unwanted ideas, fears and doubts that are trying to take root. You must be aware constantly of what’s growing in your mind.
I weed my mind frequently, and what I have found really helpful is to listen to audiobooks and programs. I like to take in new learning through the ears, and the added benefit is that it’s convenient, because you can listen while doing other things, such as cooking or driving your car or gardening (of course!).
Like I said before, the job of keeping your mind free of weeds is not a one-time thing, and audios are great, because you can listen to them again and again to let the message seep into the depths of your subconscious. This way, you give your good seeds something to feed on, like a mental fertilizer, that works 24 hours a day, constantly giving strength to the thing you want to see grow and prosper in your garden.
Let me give you a few recommendations that I have enjoyed tremendously.
NeuroGym: This company is owned by John Assaraf, whom you might know from the famous movie “The Secret.” He has worked on offering online audio and video programs of enormous value for many years. He is very in tune with the small business owner community, and I have been on his “Winning the Game of Money Program.”
This program deals with one’s issues around money fears, and it works at a subconscious level, making you do the right things to reach your goals without having to struggle. One could say that this program helps you remove your unwanted “mind weeds” automatically.
Mind Your Business Podcast: This is just phenomenal! Usually, I would not recommend anything that is this addictive, but I am making an exception here. The podcast is hosted by James Wedmore and Phoebe Mroczech, and what a combination they are! It is fun, it is deep, and it is inspiring and heartwarming. Please do check it out; you won’t be disappointed.
I get all of my audiobooks through Audible.com. I have a subscription for two credits a month, which allows me to choose two titles per month. Here are some titles I selected that I liked and that I feel will help you, as well:
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Achievement Habit by Bernard Roth
- Power of Instinct: Five Rules to Trust Your Guts by Kathy Kolbe
- Spark by John J. Ratey
- The Charge by Brendon Burchard
- The Moneyless Man by Mark Boyle
- Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
- Tell to Win by Peter Guber
- Imagine by Jonah Lehrer
- The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
- The Secret (Spoken Word) by Bob Procter, Jack Canfield et al.
- Getting Unstuck/Comfortable With Uncertainty by Pema Chödron
- All the works by Dan Arielly
I hope you will enjoy some of these suggestions in your free time, because I can honestly tell you that they have been crucial to my mind’s garden. Without them, I allowed the weeds to overtake my thoughts, which, in turn, directly affected my business.
As part of my regular gardening routine, programs and books like these keep my mindset positive and weed-free, and it really does make a difference.
Let us know in the Greenie Online Facebook Community what experiences you have with clearing out the bad weeds in your mind. We’d love to hear your input, and who knows? You just might have something that will help another Greenie with his or her garden!
I look forward to hearing from you. Now, go grow your own business!