I - INNER
To truly embrace the vision of You 2.0 and attain your goals, an inner transformation MUST take place.
You must kill off You 1.0, shedding the old habits, beliefs, and mindset that has kept you tethered to your current reality. It may sound harsh, but the truth is, your present life circumstances are predominantly shaped by YOU.
So here is the question you must ask yourself, Do you want to change? Are you in enough pain to finally make a change?
Because who you are has created the life you have. If you want a different life it's going to require a change, a different you.
If you feel helpless in changing your situation, it's likely because you've given your power to external circumstances. Remember the life you have didn't create you, it's you who created the life you have.
Take your power back!
Once you do, you will realize that you can transform. You are a powerful individual. You can make the change. You can create the life that you love.
How do we say goodbye to You 1.0? Write a eulogy. Share it with growth-minded friends so they can being to keep you accountable.
ACTION STEP: Write yourself a Eulogy that You 2.0 would read at You 1.0 funeral. Here is mine for example.
Once you’ve laid You 1.0 to rest, it's time to craft a manifesto for You 2.0. A manifesto is a public declaration of intentions, motives, or views of You 2.0. Again, share it with growth-minded friends for accountability.
ACTION STEP: Write a manifesto for You 2.0. Here is mine for example.
You have killed off You 1.0. You have a new vision for life and goals for You 2.0. Now, you must begin the inner transformation in order to become You 2.0.
The Inner Transformation
First, your inner transformation can begin when you have more knowledge and a new awareness and understanding of your body (soil) and your mind (the garden). - Taking on the perspective of a farmer/gardener has helped me fix my garden because thats who we truly are. We aren't the garden, we aren't the farmer, we are the one who observes them.
You must fix the soil, first. It is the prerequisite for what can continually grow and manifest within your garden.
The body keeps a score of all our experiences, emotions, and traumas. Many of these are unconscious. This is similar to a garden's soil retaining healthy or unhealthy nutrients and elements that end up effecting the future health of the entire garden.
I began begin to fix my soil with meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises, this what you can do too.
Get present and feel your body. Ask questions where you feel tightness in your body. Observe and question thoughts that pop. Let go of fears, trauma, and false beliefs. Do this over an extended period of time and you will be surprised at what surfaces to the conscious mind from the subconscious mind. Thats when you have the power to fix the soil.
If you want a deeper understanding of the soil, read the Body Keeps The Score by Dr. Bessel A van der Kolk.
Fixing the soil may require professional help. And if it does, know that you aren't alone. It's ok. It is one of the most loving things you can do for yourself. Because your garden and your life depends on it. Get some help.
Now let's talk about the garden, your mind.
Like a garden, your mind flourishes or withers based on what you plant in it; it's a silent but potent play between the subconscious and the automatic programs that function beneath your everyday awareness.
In essence, our mind's garden grows what we plant and water the most, underscoring the mantra - we become what we think about most.
Many of us live with this awareness, yet unconscious of how these processes work.
So how do you begin to cultivate a "renewing of your mind?" You must dedicate time to meditation, reflection, and prayer.
What I did and continue to do is sit in silence and observe. Remember we aren't the garden, or the gardener, we are the observer. When negative thoughts pop up, I write them down. I get them out of my head so I can observe them. Then I can reframe and replace them. Just like a gardener who sees weeds in his garden must isolate the weeds, kill them, and replace with new healthy seeds.
I take inventory of my mind. Seeing your thoughts and ideas written on paper gives you the ability to detach and observe. You see the whole garden from a 10,000 Foot view. Then you dive into specific areas and fix what you must fix, change what you must change.
Review your current garden, what do you see? Does it brim with fruits of love, happiness, and fulfillment, or is it fraught with weeds of negativity, fear, and discontent?
What are the seeds you plant? Do you plant them consciously or unconsciously? The seeds represent aspects like music, shows, podcasts, movies, mentors, books, friends, news, and ideas. The mind doesn't care what you plant, but it will grow whatever fruit or whatever weeds you plant and continue to water. You must become a conscious individual. Look at what seeds you are planting and watering in your mind.
What kind of environment is your garden in? Your friend group, your work environment, your home environment. Are they conditions leading to your You 2.0 life or are they holding you back? Environment is one of the key components in the success of a garden. It is also one of the hardest changes one must make.
Like seasoned gardeners or farmers, you should be meticulous in tending your garden. Chose what seeds to sow and water each season. This causing an effect dynamic is a manifestation of what we spoke about earlier, Natural Law.
This is Gardening or Farming 101, understanding the mechanics of growth and inner transformation is paramount. Remember, we become what we think about most. Your garden grows whatever seeds you plant. The seeds then grow into trees that can produce fruit or produce pain over time. This aligns with the Law of Sowing and Reaping, also known as the Law of Harvest.
So What kind of harvest do you want to have? This brings it all back to Knowledge, Memory, & Time. You gain knowledge of Gardening, you are conscious of what seeds you began to plant in our mind seasons ago, and time passes as you stay committed to the process so you can experience a harvest.
If you are unconscious of the seeds you plant your mind, or garden, begins to experience dis-ease. This is still a harvest. Just not a good harvest. A dis-ease in your mind transmutes into disease that can affect the whole soil, aka your body.
We, yes you and I, must tend to our gardens consciously. We can transform our lives through this perspective. Our life's depends on it.