This morning was cool in the desert, perfect timing for what I call my “working meditation”. It was time to weed my garden!
I have a small herb garden outside my kitchen door. It sports some herbs, an occasional special organic plant from the farmers market, some small vegetables in season –and weeds. I took a look this morning and decided it was time to pull out the intruders, and see what valuable plants were still growing in that space. Once I cleared the weeds, I found a few well-established herbs and only three new lettuce starts.
· Do you ever feel the need to do something totally different from your regular tasks?
· Do you prefer to do those things alone and without background noise?
· Do you do some of your best thinking away from work?
· Do you sometimes feel guilty, thinking “I’m procrastinating?”
Don’t feel guilty! Just as I do some of my best thinking in my garden, you need a different place and a different task to do. This frees up your mind from some of its daily habits and preoccupations, and encourages silence and a chance to get to a different “place” in your thought process. Choose something that is safe with only your surface attention, and dig in. Then let your mind wander…
Periodically, I need to do the same with my mind. And there’s no better opportunity to do that than when I’m dealing with those real weeds. When I start to feel distracted from my work or “off center”, it’s time to delve in and consider what uninvited messages or worries have implanted themselves in my thoughts. To consider what is stale or outgrown. The purpose of having a garden is fresh cooking ingredients and the joy of working in it. Similarly, I want my mind dedicated to fresh ideas and the creative energy to work my passion. When that begins to fade, it’s time to weed!
1. Weed the old: Just like most of my lettuce gave up the fight against the weeds in my garden, new thoughts that are repelled or ignored in favor of how things currently are, won’t hang around. Get rid of ideas, thoughts and processes in your business that no longer serve you or your customers. Business is changing; if you’re not, your harvest may be lean.
2. Plant fresh, using the best: I planted new lettuce in my garden, with fresh non-GMO seeds and plenty of weed-free room for it to grow. I wasn’t taking any chance on another failure. Ask yourself: What do I need to start fresh in my business? How can I improve on the newness and quality of my input? New ideas, new methods — try something different.
3. Know when to harvest: When something you read or hear resonates with you, stop and think about it. If you really can’t at the moment the thought arrives, at least record it in a journal, in your Smartphone, or on a scrap of paper. Don’t lose that thought!
4. Plan your next crop: If you continue to weed out the old, cultivate and harvest new thoughts, your business will benefit from the freshness. Keep recording new ideas, giving yourself time and space to think them through, and incorporate a few as part of your business plans.
I guarantee your crop will improve if you follow these tips!
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