Years ago when my daughter turned 5, she received a kit to grow your own fish. When it came time to set it up, she refused my help and was adamant about doing it herself. I decided to let her do it on her own and thought it would be a valuable lesson in learning how to care for something. We went through the directions of how to care for the fish so they would grow and days went by with no care or attention on her part because other things took priority. Needless to say, the water became murky and the fish never grew because their environment wasn’t cultivated.
The definition of cultivate is “to foster the growth of”. So how do you do that in any environment? When you cultivate something you care, nurture and make sure all elements are present so growth can happen. Just like my daughter’s tank, you need to be intentional about cultivating the environment by adding the right ingredients for growth to take place. With each ingredient you have a choice of when and how much you contribute. It’s all up to you!
The four key ingredients of cultivating a healthy environment are:
Awareness- is all about discovering who you are and how you show up in the world. You are either contributing to your environment in a negative or positive way. You choose!
Opportunity Thinking within Problem Solving- is all about perspective. It’s a given that we will encounter problems. It’s how we approach them that make the difference. You choose!
Independent Thinking with Responsibility- When you discover and hold true to your mission and passions in life you experience independent thinking that will lead to a positive contribution in your environment. You choose!
Positive Thinking- I’m sure you have heard of the saying, “What you think about you bring about” or “your thoughts create your reality”. It has been proven that successful people are set apart by their thoughts. You choose!
Now that you know the ingredients to cultivate a healthy environment, it’s time to take action! Which one will you focus on adding today? You choose!