My Journey to 100 Days to Amazing-50

cultivate thoughts

Today’s tip for Amazingness:

Cultivating Thoughts; Yielding Actions

I started this blog a few years ago because friends kept saying “You should blog” and I would say “No, I’m not going to blog” until one day I did. Therefor the first part of this blog is called “I Never Thought I’d Blog”.  The second half of the name is what this blog is all about and what the 100 Days to Amazing is about.  We start with thoughts and ideas and unless we cultivate them they will not result in 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!



My journey to amazing:

My Shaklee Life: My husband and I love having a Shaklee business. We enjoy the income it brings in, but more than that we really love the fact that every day I get to help someone else be healthier and help them be their best version of themselves. We love what Shaklee means to the environment and community as well!  In our journey to amazing I – Lisa intend to grow my business and help more people and have fun in the process. If you’d like to learn more about Shaklee email us at

“Like” My Shaklee Life Facebook page and learn health and fitness tips as well as more about Shaklee.

My Life of Well Being: It is my determination to be more fit, and develop healthy holistic attitudes towards my health and my body.  I choose to do this through education, exercise, caring for myself, and healthy eating and Shaklee.

Here is my Shaklee 180 fitness plan.  If you you’d like to join me ask me about becoming a member and having access to the 180 fitness plan, meal plans and nutrition guides.

Every morning I drink a Life Shake and take a Life Strip- Strip and Shake!

My 180 Fitness Program:

Monday & Thursday: Upper

Tuesday & Friday: Core

Wednesday & Saturday: Lower

I also add in Yoga and Tai Chi and Dolphin Pushups -oof and walking!

What is 180?  Take a look at this video, but take note that the 180 shake has been upgraded and improved to the new Life Shake.

What motivates you? Reply and share your motivating tricks and tips.


I would love it if you would join my team either as a customer or a business builder! Here is a short video about the Shaklee Opportunity and please visit my website at

 100 Days to Amazing!  You can do amazing things. I believe you can; you believe you can too!

What the 100 Days is about:

I was at the Shaklee Global Conference August 12-16th and we were challenged to 100 Days of Amazing with the question of what could we accomplish in 100 days if we really tried?  I was inspired by the challenge, both as a business builder who wants to grow my business in 100 days and as an individual!  What could I do in 100 days? This blog is a journey, an exercise in learning ways to be the best me, I can be and to help you be the best you, you can be while I’m at it!

Thanks for joining me on this journey!

All photography is by me. Feel free to share, but I ask that you credit the photo to my Lisa Wright Burbach.  To see more of my photos visit my flickr site and Instagram listed to the right.  I also have some photography on Pinterest.


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