I’ve been thinking this week about how what we fill our minds with today influences our thoughts in the future. I’m also surprised at how quickly our mind comes up with thoughts that are influenced by what we’re allowing into our minds.
This can be a great thing if we’re filling our minds with good content that reinforces good thinking. The other side is that a lack of discernment over what content we allow into our minds can lead to a polluted thought life that will manifest itself in equally polluted speech, attitude and behavior.
Earl Nightingale gave a great illustration of this by comparing our minds to a plot of land for a garden. If we plant corn seeds in this pot of land, the only crop that we can expect the land to produce is corn. It will not produce carrots, peas, beets, or potatoes. We’ve sown seeds of corn. The only thing the land will produce in return is corn.
Our minds are like that plot of land, and the content we’re allowing into our mind today are the seeds of our future thoughts, beliefs and attitudes. Like the plot of land, our minds will only return a harvest based on the seeds we sow in it. If we’re filling our mind with the seeds of positive input, our thoughts will be positive. Likewise, seeds of negativity will yield and equally negative harvest.
So what are these “seeds” that we plant in our mind? What do they look like and where do we get them?
These seeds come in many forms, such as:
- Books we read
- People we interact with
- Games we play
- Movies we watch
- Music we listen to
- Media we consume
- Environments we spend time in
- Communities we are a part of
Since they have such a significant impact on our thinking, it is so important to be aware of the content we allow into our mind. We would never intentionally put sand or water into the gas tank of our car, because that would have a damaging impact on the car’s engine. Our minds should be treated likewise, because the wrong input, which leads to wrong thinking, can have an equally damaging impact.
There are 2 things we can do today to start having better, more positive thoughts:
- Be aware of the input we’re allowing into our minds. Pay attention to the content we’re taking in and the conversations we’re having. If they’re negative, change them.
- Be aware of the thoughts you’re having. When you notice they’re negative, replace them with a positive thought. Left unchecked, we will go where our thoughts take us. I’d prefer to be taken somewhere positive.
Become aware of the content you’re allowing into your mind and begin sowing the seeds of good thoughts in your mind today. A harvest of good thinking in the future awaits.