Fruitful Summer 2016 – Day 85

Fruitful Summer 2016 – Day 85

I’m throwing this post in with little (or no) gardening reference because I believe it to be so valuable!

Your attitude is vital to realizing your success! I am going to share some information that I have shared in the past, but think it is still relevant. Many people “poo-poo” the Positive Mental Attitude notion as being fakery or unrealistic. Here are some thoughts to keep in mind the next time you see someone having a Positive Mental Attitude and you would rather reach out and touch someone than have their sparkly sunshine rain down on you.

Have you ever heard a negative person say that they aren’t negative; they’re just being ‘realistic’? This way of thinking keeps people locked in a negative reality of their own creation.

A person’s thoughts, whether positive or negative, do have an effect on their environment. If you think negatively, your mind will automatically seek out confirmation that the world is a terrible place. Seeing is believing, and your mind reinforces your belief that reality is negative. If you expect negative results, you are less likely to take risks and try new things. Positive thinking works the same way. With a positive mental attitude, you’ll seek out positive choices and expect positive results. This helps you move past fear and try things that others may believe “can’t be done”. This typically ends in positive results.

A person’s thinking helps determine their reality. Negative thinking is realistic for the negative thinker, but only because their thoughts make it true. Ironically, the positive thinking also sees reality, just in a different light. Both types of people see their own reality, and both consider it the reality.

Those who don’t believe in positive thinking imagine that positive thinkers expect that their desire will manifest itself if they simply think positively about it. Everyone who accomplishes anything – whether it’s earning a million dollars or becoming an award-winning actor – accomplish it the same way: by taking action. Positive people have an edge because they believe the object of their desire is attainable. They come from a ‘can-do’ mindset. Their actions are not based on fear or scarcity, but based on possibilities. Thus, a positive attitude helps a person manifest their desires, not simply by dreaming about it, but by inspiring the person to take action.

Positive thinking doesn’t allow you to ignore problems, rather to see the problem in a new light. In fact, you don’t even see ‘problems’ as problems. Think about it; regardless of how you react to an external situation; the situation will still be the same. If being upset doesn’t change the outcome, wouldn’t it serve you to not be upset and to see the positives?

A positive mental attitude creates a mindset of abundance, enthusiasm, and solutions. Instead of thinking about what can’t be done, a positive thinker will not be constrained by ‘can’ and ‘cannot.’ A positive thinker thinks of ways to solve problems because they are not limited by fear. When people are in a state of abundance, we are in a state of allowance, openly accepting the positive things life has in store for us.

If you’re around positive people it might be easy to believe that these people have never had anything ‘bad’ happen to them or haven’t lived through hardships. I don’t know a positive person who hasn’t gone through difficulties in their lives. The difference is that these people didn’t let those experiences change their outlook. A positive mental attitude means that you are in control of your own thoughts and feelings. It means these people choose to see and take part in the good things life has to offer.

I have to admit; sometimes positive people are a little annoying. I even to admit that sometimes I am probably a little annoying. However, positive people are real people and have setbacks and discouragement just like everyone else The difference is that they look for ways to stay positive, even to go so far as to look for the good in all situations.

All thought creates form on some level. Positive or negative, what you think about (or say) you send out into the world, and that is what will come back to you. Your thoughts (and words) have power. If those thoughts are positive (blessings, prayers, kind, loving) that is what you receive in return. What you send out, you get back. Because you want happiness (peace, joy, love, etc.) you extend those thoughts to others.  Inversely, every thought of blame, woe, victimization, defensiveness, anger, attack, criticism you send out comes back to you. Whether you do this on purpose or with intent – you are being self-indulgent in your negativity. When those negative or unkind thoughts pop into your head, and most definitely before you say them from your mouth, cancel them. Refrain and rephrase. Look for the good in the situation. If your thoughts were just petty, sarcastic, or mean cancel them out altogether. Insert a positive thought instead.

Today’s Challenge: Live today (and every day) with a Positive Mental Attitude! Encourage the thoughts that come in to your world to be positive and ONLY allow positive words out of your mouth. The universe is listening!

“Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done”. ~ Bo Bennett

Attitude is everything!

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Posted by on September 6, 2016 in Uncategorized


Fruitful Summer 2016 – Day 83

Fruitful Summer 2016 – Day 83

I was talking with a client one morning about longevity. It’s a subject that comes up frequently in my career. He was telling me that his parents have been married for 63 years; his mother is 90 and his father 92. They still live on the family land and his dad still enjoys taking care of the homestead, gardening, and ‘playing’ on the tractors. 92 and still doing everything that it takes to have a successful garden. I asked the gentleman if the entire family was filled with the same type of longevity. He replied that his paternal grandmother had lived to 104. I asked him what she contributed her long life to. He laughed and said that when asked, she said she believed that she lived that long because she hadn’t died yet.

It’s just that simple.

So, my thoughts for today are a mixture of his families’ stories. First, if a 92 year-old man can get outside every day and work in his garden, why can’t you? What’s your excuse? Second, if you are still alive, keep living.

Way back on day 47, the Eeyore lesson, I looked at excuses. Are you still making excuses for why you ‘can’t’ do something or accomplish something? Or have you created a ‘NO EXCUSES ZONE’ around yourself? When people make excuses for their actions (or inactions) or behaviors they are trying to give themselves permission to be less than; to live a life to a sub-level existence. Raise the bar!

Today’s Challenge: Choose to live life until it’s over with a no excuses policy!

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse. ~Florence Nightingale

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Posted by on September 4, 2016 in Motivation, Uncategorized


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Fruitful Summer 2016 – Day 81

Fruitful Summer 2016 – Day 81

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Posted by on September 2, 2016 in Uncategorized


Fruitful Summer 2016 – Day 80

Fruitful Summer 2016 – Day 80

About a decade ago I got a little tiny book called 212⁰ – the extra degree by s.l. parker. You have probably heard of it. Page 1 sums up the entire premise: At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils.

Page 2: And with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train.

It’s a very simple concept. It is that one extra degree that takes you from being in hot water to powering transportation, tons of steel. Just a little bit of extra effort makes a huge difference.

I like the simplicity of the 212 analogy. In my world I call it the “and then some”. This may be the real secret to reaching your goals, to growing the best garden, to the fruition of your goals.

That little bit extra that you add to your life is the key to unlocking the magic door of the universe! Whether it is one extra phone call a day, one more row you weed in the garden, one more rep in the gym or minute on the treadmill.

This concept is going beyond merely finishing what you start to putting in that little bit of extra effort that shows commitment to the outcome to be the absolute best you can be.

Successful people do what’s expected of them…and then some.

Today’s Challenge: Do what is expected of you to meet your goals…and then some.

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

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Posted by on September 1, 2016 in Motivation, Uncategorized


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Fruitful Summer 2016 – Day 79

Fruitful Summer 2016 – Day 79


As the summer is winding down, it is time to focus your efforts to the end of the growing season. Time is a commodity now, so don’t waste it. It is time to finish what you started in the garden, not switch gears. Work on caring for what is left on the vines to ensure the best possible outcome. Continue weeding, watering, and nourishing your plants and their bounty.

I love using the acronym FOCUS as goal fruition closes in. Follow One Course Until Successful. This is a good reminder to keep your focus on what’s important – in the garden and the garden of life!

You are closing in on this growing season for your goals set back in June, too. Focus intently on what you want to finalize or accomplish in the last 20 days of summer. Focus on activities that are absolutely necessary to achieve that goal.  Do not waste time on the little things around you, if they are NOT helping you achieve your goal. The high-pay off activities are the ones that bring you closer to your desired result. Success is 10% vision and 90% execution. It is important to continue writing your goals daily, to keep that most important goal in focus!

Today’s Challenge: Decide what you absolutely, positively must finish by the end of the summer! FOCUS! Do not give up or deviate from the goal! You can do it!

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. ~ Alexander Graham Bell

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Posted by on August 31, 2016 in Motivation, Uncategorized


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Fruitful Summer 2016 – Day 78

Fruitful Summer 2016 – Day 78

Three weeks left until the end of summer, and the end of our 100 Day Challenge to a Fruitful Summer! I sincerely hope you have enjoyed the challenge, and met or closed in on some of your goals.

Today’s gardening portion of the challenge is a bit of a stretch…or maybe a big stretch! Oh, well. It works for me!

Growing up I remember watching the Popeye cartoons. Popeye’s strength came from eating spinach. Canned spinach, I believe. No, this is not a push to get you to eat more spinach. Especially canned spinach! My point is about Popeye’s catch phrase. “I’m strong to the ‘finich’ ‘cause I eats me spinach”… Yes, Popeye has been persuading people to finish strong for years.

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With three weeks left, I am sharing one of my favorite stories with you, about finishing strong.


At 7 P.M. on October 20, 1968, a few thousand spectators remained in the Mexico City Olympic Stadium.  It was cool and dark.  The last of the marathon runners, each exhausted, were being carried off to first-aid stations.  More than an hour earlier, Mamo Wolde of Ethiopia–looking as fresh as when he started the race–crossed the finish line, the winner of the 26-mile, 385-yard event.

As the remaining spectators prepared to leave, those sitting near the marathon gates suddenly heard the sound of sirens and police whistles.  All eyes turned to the gate.  A lone figure wearing number 36 and the colors of Tanzania entered the stadium.  His name was John Stephen Akhwari.  He was the last man to finish the marathon.  He had fallen during the race and injured his knee and ankle.  Now, with his leg bloodied and bandaged, he grimaced with each hobbling step around the 400-meter track.

The spectators rose and applauded him.  After crossing the finish line, Akhwari slowly walked off the field.  Later, a reporter asked Akhwari the question on everyone’s mind:  “Why did you continue the race after you were so badly injured?”

He replied, “My country did not send me 7,000 miles to start the race.  They sent me 7,000 miles to finish it.” Wes Thompson


With that, my lovelies, I leave you to move toward your goals with renewed passion and speed!

Today’s Challenge: See how close you are to the finish line, and vow to finish strong!


Posted by on August 30, 2016 in Uncategorized


Fruitful Summer 2016 – Day 77

Fruitful Summer 2016 – Day 77

Early to Rise…

With the extreme heat that occurs in Kansas summers it’s important to take care of your plants and garden early in the day. It is important to the health of your plants and yourself. Watering in the morning before the full heat of the day prevents burning the plants, known as ‘heat scald’ and keeps the water from evaporating as quickly. Watering in the morning also deters slugs and helps prevent rot. It is also important for your own health to not be in the sun at the peak heat times. You are more susceptible for heat stroke and sunstroke, as well as dehydration during the middle of the day.

Many people believe that the most successful people are also the people who are taking care of business before the heat of the day. Really, before the sun is even up.

Founding father, Benjamin Franklin, is credited with the phrase, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

Many of the world’s most successful people are early risers. Some of those people are Apple CEO, Tim Cook; Disney CEO, Robert Iger; and First Lady, Michelle Obama all wake up by 4:30 a.m.

I am not claiming to be one of the most successful people in the world, but I do subscribe to the early to rise theory. The reason I choose to rise early is to get in my workout, meditation and breakfast all before my morning shower. I can get all of these things done without interrupting the schedule of anyone else in my house. I can take care of myself the way I want and need to, so I can better take care of the people and things I need to take care of the rest of the day!

Studies have shown that morning people are more proactive, get better sleep and are happier. They also tend to be more productive, more creative, have decreased stress levels and increased fitness levels. I attribute these last two to the same thing. Most people who are early risers workout as one of the first parts of their day.

Another key piece of waking up early, is to ensure that you are still getting ample sleep. Falling short on sleep is unhealthy and counteracts the positives of early rising.

While 4 a.m. isn’t for everyone, it is at least interesting to see all of the people who are part of the early morning club.

Today’s Challenge: Get up 30 minutes earlier tomorrow to do something productive or enjoy some extra quiet time.

“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.” ~Robert Whately

“The sun has not caught me in bed in fifty years”. ~Thomas Jefferson


Posted by on August 29, 2016 in Motivation


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