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Feb 12, 2018

Cultivating Thoughts; Yielding Action


Why is this called Yielding Action?



Cultivate – from the American Heritage Dictionary  – Transitive Verb – a transitive verb is an action verb, expressing a doable activity and must have a direct object (something or someone) who receives the verb.  In this case we mean you and what you do!

  • To improve and prepare (land), as by plowing or fertilizing, for raising crops; till.

  • To loosen or dig soil around (growing plants).

  • To grow or tend (a plant or crop).

  • To promote the growth of (a biological culture).

  • To encourage or foster: cultivate a respect for the law. See Synonyms at nurture.

  • To acquire, develop, or refine, as by education: cultivating a posh accent.

  • To seek the acquaintance or goodwill of; make friends with: cultivated the club’s new members.

To cultivate our thoughts means to:

  • Improve and prepare our minds, as by reading, researching, asking questions for the purpose of raising awareness in our minds.  Till the soil of our minds

  • Loosen the cobwebs and lackadaisical ways of thinking or make room for ideas already taking root

  • Promote the growth of positive thinking, learning, innovation, and growth

  • Encourage and Foster healthy minds, the ability to think well, the idea that we should think for ourselves, the idea that we can and should ask questions and be curious

  • Acquire, develop, or refine as by education.  In otherwords, keep learning

  • Seek the acquaintance or goodwill of; make friends with.  This means we don’t learn and grow alone

Yield – American Heritage Dictionary

  • verb, transitive

    • To give forth by a natural process, especially by cultivation: a field that yields many bushels of corn.

    • To furnish as return for effort or investment; be productive of: an investment that yields a high return.

    • To give over possession of, as in deference or defeat; surrender: yielded my seat to the speaker; yielded his sword.

    • To give up (an advantage, for example) to another; concede: yielded the right of way to the oncoming traffic.

  • verb, intransitive

    • To give forth a natural product; be productive.

    • To produce a return for effort or investment: bonds that yield well.

    • To give way to pressure or force: The door yielded to a gentle push.

    • To give way to argument, persuasion, influence, or entreaty.

    • To give up one’s place, as to one that is superior: yielded to the chairperson.

  • noun

    • An amount yielded or produced; a product.

    • A profit obtained from an investment; a return.

    • The energy released by an explosion, especially by a nuclear explosion, expressed in units of weight (usually kilotons) of TNT required to produce an equivalent release.

To Yield our thoughts means:

  • To give forth by natural thought processes. The result of our efforts in our thought processes will produce and action either positive or negative

  • To furnish as a return. If you follow through on the thoughts and ideas you will see a result.  There is something exciting about seeing our thoughts come to fruition!

  • To give over possession of, surrender.  Sometimes the yield or crop we want is to let go of negative thinking, bad attitudes, addictions, bad habits etc.  In this case to give over possession or let go is the best and most freeing action.  Surrender is best- not surrender to it, but to freedom.

  • To give up and advantage or point of view can yield great action.  Part of good thinking is to realize we are not always right, we must partner with people and work together and sometimes the other person should take the lead and if so we should not take the credit, but share it.

  • To give way to pressure or force.  This is a big part of cultivating our thoughts to yield action.  We usually know what to do and it builds in us creating desire and tension, but we still don’t follow through.  Do it!  Take the risk!!

  • To give way to argument.  Often those in our lives have great wisdom that we can benefit from and we are fighting our stubbornness when we hear their argument and recognize it is a good argument, but we still hold our ground!  When my kids were growing up and would do this I’d say “I don’t understand!  If you win, you lose”.  Think about it!

  • To give up one’s place.  Often the best yield through our thought process begins with humilty

  • The energy released by an explosion!  I love this and thought it was perfect.  If you truly cultivate your thoughts and ideas then there is the possibility it will explode and have a tremendous yield.  You could change the world!  You will probably never know, but history will-don’t talk yourself out of greatness!

Don’t be afraid to cultivate your thoughts, it may hurt to till the ground and break bad habits and ways of thinking, but the yield will be worth it!  Some examples of what this looks like in real life:

  • Becoming organized, changing your thoughts to organize your life

  • Weight loss, weight loss is very much a mental game

  • Break a habit

  • Join an addiction group

  • Write a book

  • Speak up in a meeting

  • Love yourself

Each of the above areas take thinking about it, preparing yourself and then follow through.  Today I encourage you that you can do those things and many more!  Start today buy cultivating one little thought and watch what it becomes.

Share with us examples of how you have cultivated thoughts and what action it yielded.  Hearing from others helps us all in our own journey.

Have a great day!

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