When someone says something negative to us, it can ruin our day.
Philosophers and spiritual leaders used to say that our mind is like a fertile garden and our thoughts and words are like seeds.
Negative and discouraging words from others can sometimes plant the seeds of negative thoughts and doubts in our mind.
Whilst it is always possible for others to plant the seeds of negativity in our mind, the fact is that WE GET TO CONTROL whether those seeds take root & grow.
Through practicing awareness & mental disciplines, it is just as easy for us to get rid of those seeds.
People's negative words may enter our mind, but we choose how long those thoughts stay there. We choose whether the thoughts then take root and we choose whether the thoughts grows.
Throughout my childhood and over the years I was told many discouraging things. If I had allowed those thoughts and words to take roots in my mind, I wouldn't be where I am.
People can only sow the seeds of doubt in us. They cannot decide whether those seeds stay & they cannot decide whether those seeds grow.
Fill your mind with so much inspiration relating to your dreams & goals that there is no room for the seeds of doubt.
When you do this long enough, there will be no space for negativity to take hold.
- Ron Malhotra