By Melanie Shiell, WIB’s Personal Growth & Leadership Coach

flowerImagine your brain as a garden. What is growing in your garden? Is your garden full of plants that bear productive fruit or is your garden full of weeds that have become a nuisance? If you plant weeds, more weeds will grow and choke off the soil from producing any productive fruit.

Our attitudes are a choice. We can choose the proper response no matter what the circumstance. We are shaped not by what happens to us in life but by how we react to what happens. No one can plant weeds in our garden unless we allow them. We need to tend to our garden on a regular and consistent basis; pulling weeds daily and nurturing our plants so they can produce fruit. Failures and setbacks are the stepping stones in our garden that allow us to learn and move ahead.

Tending to our garden requires that you develop an attitude of gratitude. Be thankful for what you have and not unthankful for what you don’t have. Getting into this habit trains your mind to always be looking for the positive. Be conscious of your associations. “Birds of a feather flock together”. Be sure that the associations you are making and the time you spend with others is spent with those that support your values and desires. By serving others, you will sometimes see that your problems may not be as bad as you originally thought. Stay active and always strive to improve in all areas of your life.

Moving forward, tend to your garden by picking weeds and nurture the soil in your garden so it may produce plenty of productive fruit.

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