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Planting thought seeds for a better life

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Many of us don't allow ourselves the luxury of thinking big.   I think this may be due to the fact that  we don't believe in ourselves enough to allow us  to think big.

In this article I wanted to give you a technique to start the process of thinking big and I wanted to tell you why it is important to think big.

Planting a thought seed

Planting a thought seed is a fantastic way for you to begin thinking about the life you want and getting it.

Simply put, a thought seed is a tiny thought that lets you momentarily dream about what your life could be like if you could have anything.


Thought seeds start like:

"What if I were rich, what would it belike" and you allow yourself to daydream about what it would be like being rich.

"What would I feel like if I had the job I really wanted?" and allow yourself to daydream about having the job you really want and what it would feel like and how you would change as a person because of it.

"what if I could start my own business?"   and so on

Lots of "˜what if' statements are examples of thought seeds.   Probably the biggest thought seed a lot of people have is "˜what if I won the lottery?'. We've actually had conversations at work on this very topic.

Why plant a thought seed

Planting thought seeds are your key to gaining a better life.   Everything you do begins with a thought seed.   That includes having a shower in the morning to get ready for work, having your breakfast, starting a business, starting a relationship etc.   The kind of thought seeds I am talking about are life changing thought seeds not your run of the mill ones which most people have an act on.   Here are some famous thought seeds throughout history:

"˜I wonder what it would be like if we had a black president"¦..'

"˜What if it were possible to connect every computer in the world to share information"¦.'

"˜I wonder if it would be possible to build a computer that we could use in our homes"¦.'

"˜'What if we could explore space and put a machine on the moon"¦.'

"˜wouldn't it be great if we could communicate with anyone using a wire and a handset"¦.'

"˜Would it be possible to make light with the flick of a switch"¦.'

"˜Wouldn't it be great to fly like a bird in the skies"¦"¦"¦"¦'

There are literally millions of examples of life changing events that start with a thought seed, a tiny little "˜what if' statement is usually all it takes.   However most people don't act on these thought seeds and dismiss them for various reasons, mainly because we think we could never do it.   Well I think it's time we started acting on these thought seeds and nurturing them to grow and be fully realised.

Growing your thought seeds

Not everyone is going to have world changing ideas and that's okay, but we can affect the world in a small way by changing our own lives for the better.

To change your life you first have to know what you want and what you would love to change about your life.   So the first thing to think about is what would you change about your life if you could.   No need for writing this down just have the thought, think of something right now that you would love to change about your life.

When you have thought about something you would love to change, imagine what it would be like if you had already changed that aspect of your life.   Go into detail here, think about how you would act, think about how your friends and family would act toward you, dream about how it would feel, try and imagine every aspect of the change as if it had already happened.   You can do this for several days or several weeks before going onto the next step.

The next step is to ask yourself what kind of things you would need to do to allow this change to happen.   Start with the very basics.   For example if you wished you could have a better job you could think the first thing you would have to do is where you could get some training to better your chances of getting your ideal job, or you could think about looking at internet job sites to get an idea of what the employers are looking for.   Think about every aspect of the process it would take to make the change you desire.   Again take as much time as you want to do this, several weeks if necessary but make sure you think about it often and every day.   This way your mind will keep on working for you and help you spot opportunities to make the change you desire.

Let your thought seeds flourish

The only thing you have to do here is keep thinking about your desires and thinking about the kinds of things you would have to o to make your desires a reality.   There is absolutely no pressure on yourself to do anything or take any action other than thinking about your desires often.

Why do all of this?

A lot of people don't take the time to think about the things they really want in life.   When you have the initial thought of your desire that may be as far as it goes, but now you have gone a step further and actually thought about the steps that you would have to take to make it happen.

When you do this your brain goes into overdrive and starts noticing things in your life that could bring your desire closer to you.   You will start to see strange coincidences in your life that relates to your desire and a lot of people will take action on these coincidences.

So, just by thinking about your desires with no pressure on your part you may be a step closer to gaining the life you want.

Taking action

Of course there is a need, eventually, to take action, as you will never get anything in life unless you take action.   However, as this process of planting thought seeds brings the action closer to you it is much easier to realise your desires.

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Steven Aitchison

Steven Aitchison is the author of The Belief Principle and an online trainer teaching personal development and online business.  He is also the creator of this blog which has been running since August 2006.