Is your mindset the key to unlocking your lands potential?   It can often be easy to see how other people’s business and landscape is a direct reflection of their beliefs, values and perspective.  At the same time we can easily be unaware when our own mindset is the limiting factor.

“We cannot solve the problems we face with the same thinking that created them.” Albert Einstein

How do we gain a new view of the issues we face and find new ways in managing our lives and our businesses??

Firstly we could ask, what is NEW?? The butterfly is often used as an example as it transforms from a caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. This is new at its best with the butterfly emerging from something completely different from itself.  There is no going back to being the caterpillar with a transformative shift. We can talk about transformation but how do we access it?

Quantum physics says that it is the wave or the field that creates matter. All thoughts are energy, they carry a particular signature, as do our feelings. If our thoughts are the signal out to the field and our feelings are the magnetic pull back to us, then it is these two things that are the basis of how we create our reality.

The National Science Foundation reports the average person has between 12,000 to 70,000 thoughts a day; 95% are the same as the day before and an overwhelming 80% are negative! We are wired for survival not happiness. These neurons that fire together, wire together and become our personality.

This creates a fixed way of being and allows little room for any “new” thoughts. This coupled with the stress many live with it is difficult to be open to new ideas. Running from a tiger, real or imagined, is not a time for creative genius.

As farmers are looking to develop and understand new concepts in their adoption of regenerative practices it is easy to get caught in the trap of merely replacing what we have been doing with a different set of ideas and inputs. This solution/problem conundrum can be seen where yesterday’s solution becomes today’s problem.

The creeks that are fenced to protect water quality become choked and floods become the next problem. Nitrogen used to grow more feed to increase production becomes an issue due to leaching. The list goes on and on.

For us to have new thinking and new ideas we first must identify our current thinking and feelings. It’s a bit like asking a fish to identify that it is in water. For us, our thoughts and feelings are just the way we are…or are they? Is it possible they are malleable and are in fact the access to alter the reality we live in.

In the field, there are some ways to adopt that will give you access to some of what I am talking about. Rather than seeing an issue as a problem, something to attack and overcome, get curious about why things are a particular way.

Get interested in what is happening from natures perspective. Ask yourself how would this plant grow in the wild? If it’s a weed, what is it trying to make available, what is its function? Look for what is it telling you, or how to utilise it to your advantage. What has it grow in one paddock and not another? Look at things not in isolation but from within the context of the whole system.

With livestock start to wonder if what you see is actually normal or is it just common. The way they hold their heads, or run into a field. Looking at their manure is it lose or solid or just right? Do they have ring worm, pink eye, mastitis, parasites. Ask yourself, am I dealing with the problem or the symptom? If I was to solve the issue rather than treat the symptom where would I look, what could I ask?

Are you making decisions considering all aspects of your life, financial, ecological, personal and social. What are the impacts, long and short term. Are you assuming your decision is the right one or will you monitor and measure the outcome. If so, what will you measure it against, do you have a clear outline of what it is you are wanting to achieve in all those areas. Life is an indivisible whole so what affects one affects all.

Stay curious and question everything. Curiosity and wonderment are great attributes that lead to understanding. It is the quality of the questions we ask rather than the knowing the right answer that makes this journey an exciting and thoughtful provoking one.

If our outer worlds are a mirror of our inner ones, perhaps placing one’s attention on the inner world is our access to a new mind. It is with a new mind we will resolve the issues we face both personally and globally.

By Jules Matthews

Jules is available for coaching to help you achieve your regenerative agriculture goals and can be contacted by phoning +64 21 681 220 or by email jules@integritysoils.co.nz