I believe everyone’s mind fulfills three primary roles in their life: a tool, a battlefield, and a garden. All three have their own purposes, with some crossover. To not acknowledge one or more of these dimensions is to leave your mind, and therefore your life, open to unwanted destruction.
Your Mind is a Tool
First and foremost, your mind is a tool. It controls your body, how you walk, speak, and eat. It enables you to react to your environment: to jump out of the way of a distracted driver or to feel emotion during a live play. It also shapes our lives.
Your mind can be a rope you use to help you climb up to new levels of living. It can also be a hammer with which you smash possibility. Your mind can fix problems or worsen them. It can plug a leak in your soul or expand it.
What I want you to understand is that your mind is capable—capable of feats beyond your imagination, but also of destruction beyond your greatest fears. However, its capability is limited by its user.
I could be given the same tool-belt as a master craftsman and would have no idea how to use half the things in there! Even though I had the same tools as the craftsman, I wouldn’t be able to produce the same results right away because my skill and training doesn’t compare to his.
In the same way, I want to show you that your mind is capable of accomplishing anything—so long as you are willing to develop the skills needed to use it properly.