Charles Hutchins, Columnists, V6I5

Stand Guard at the Door of Your Mind

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“The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life.” — Roy Bennett

In an effort to keep things light and positive, which is what I feel we need during this time of uncertainty, it is absolutely imperative that we stand guard at the door of our minds by limiting what we allow in it. 

We are in the midst of trying times and if we are not careful, negativity and unnecessary influencers can get you down and literally paralyze productivity and growth.

So far, 2020 has been exhausting and many things have been thrown our way. For me, my sales have been great, and I am literally working like a mule in a lumber yard trying to keep up. 

Although the shed industry is experiencing record growth, we are all dealing with unique situations and are having to handle what we once deemed as “normal” so differently.  In today’s world, feeling and emotions are at an all-time high with so many varying opinions being lurched on us. 

As I unpack what it means to stand guard at the door of your mind, I hope you find this not only inspiring but also applicable to your day-to-day as we navigate these uncharted times together. 

I have written articles in the past about the importance of feeding our minds with nourishing and positive thoughts. What we listen to and what we are reading is super important in today’s climate. 

What we keep out of our minds is just as important as what we put in. It is so easy to get caught up in the endless mainstream media and social media dialogue. I can tell you from experience that watching the news will completely waste your time. In fact, if I happen to turn on the news, my mindset and mood change drastically. I get “stinking thinking” fast. 

I’ve made it a point to avoid the news and I truly believe that we are our best when we focus on our family, business, customers, and suppliers. Remember, we can change ourselves, our attitudes, and our influencers. We are in complete control of ourselves in making sure not to get caught up in tough political conversations with our customers, as it will be harmful to business and nothing good will arise from it. 

We must control what we are viewing and filter out the noise. If something is not giving you pertinent information, educating, or growing you, ask yourself, “Do I need this?” Let it go—unknowingly following certain pages, and watching certain channels can and will impact your mindset. Garbage in, garbage out. Mute the things that are not growing you or your business, and I encourage you to unfollow the things that are not making you a better person. 

I encourage you to be nicer now than ever before. Always look for the good in situations and lift others up. Be a beacon of light during these times. Be patient with everyone as we are all affected by the same things going on.

Jim Rohn said, “Our thoughts shape our reality.” He was absolutely correct! 

Work daily towards guarding your mind and having a healthy mindset. For some (myself included) this does not come easy and will require much effort and focus, but I promise you that it is worth it.  

The important thing is that you strive to make each day a little more intentional while weeding out the things that are not giving you positive energy or a clear mind.

Stand guard at the door of your mind and your customers will notice that there is something different about you. People are hungry for any good news that they can find. Be a dealer for hope! 

Let’s all work together and we will turn this thing around!   

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