This post was written by Jay Frawley from Inner Noodle.
Walk outside, look around at nature. Notice something? Everything is functioning the same way it was yesterday, and last year. Nature is perfectly balanced and 100% efficient. You never see an oak tree grow an apple, or a pine tree grow from an acorn.
Nature does not make mistakes; it follows certain laws and never deviates from it. If nature decided to go rogue, we would no longer be here. What can we learn from this? Nature only uses habits that serve the greater good. A tree does not grow for the benefit of just the tree; it grows for the benefit of the world.
“First we make our habits, then our habits make us.”
~Charles C. Noble
What a Tree Taught the World
Nature follows their instincts, and never delineates.
This is powerful because as humans with free will, we sometimes forget to follow our instincts. We all get “gut” feelings that we ignore, and those are the instincts that are trying to direct us down the path we desire. We get talked out of our instincts by so called experts assuming we do not know better. Your instinct is the road map of your life, ignoring your map can lead to a messy existence.
Nature does not have bad habits.
We all have the power to form any habit we want. There are two kinds of habits; the ones we make voluntarily, and those we allow to happen almost without knowing it. Both can be broken and remade again. A bad habit is anything that does not suit us or the greater good. You know what habits these are. They include smoking, overeating, or too much TV. All of these habits are all examples of valueless habits. They serve no one and they are crippling your success.
The only habits you should hold true are the ones that make you a better person. Make it a habit to thank people for being in your life, buy a stranger a coffee, or get up early to exercise outside and take in nature’s beauty. Write down the habits you have formed over the years, and take a hard look at them all. Are they serving you, do they collate with your values? If not, eliminate them one by one, until all that is left are good value habits.
Success is not a choice, it is a result.
Nature does not fail at success, it listens to the instincts ingrained in its roots and it succeeds. Trees grow, flowers blossom, and rivers run. The success habit can be the same for you. If you program no other habit into your life, make the success habit the one you tackle. Everyday, focus on success in everything you do; success for you and everyone around you.
When you meet someone new, take a second to wish them the best in your mind, wish they have all the success they desire. Constantly wishing for other’s success will keep your mind focused on success, and a mind that focuses like a laser beam on any desire will achieve that desire.
Nature works together.
The trees give off oxygen, the flowers feed the bees, and the rivers provide water for everything. Nature is not selfish, it works together to provide a life for all to live. As individuals we can do so little, but together we can accomplish anything. Make it a habit to stop living for you alone, and live for others. The top is a lonely place if you do not have anyone to share the joy.
There is nothing wrong with having goals and aspirations for your life, but making it a habit to work with others to achieve their goals will get you to your goals as well, most likely faster and definitely with more fulfillment.
I hope we can all learn from Nature’s example. We can live extraordinary lives if we just follow a few steps. Listen to our instincts, work with others, not against them, and get rid of any habits that do not serve us. Success is not a choice, it is a result! Go out there and get some results. Let me know your thoughts.
Jay Frawley regularly writes about using the power of the subconscious to improve every aspect of people’s lives. He is also a Dream Coach, helping people analyze their dreams. His most popular post include The Power of Silence- Part 1, and “The Sunday Ponder”
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