Social Gardening is a model & process for developing your social world in an organic and stress-free way.
The concept was first designed by Coach Mike to help men change the paradigm of relationship-building from "hunting" to "growing."
Social Gardening Basics
How the garden works
The model provides an easy analogue between gardening and relationship-building. It posesses several key components;
- Soil. Your personality, life and world- the better these are, the easier it is for plants to grow.
- Seeds. Potential relationships that you invite into your garden.
- Plants. Working, growing relationships. These can be many kinds of plants, which add different things to your life- beauty (flowers), sustenance (vegetables), flavor (fruit), and comfort (shade trees).
- Weeds. Plants which consume a lot of resources, but do not add anything meaningful to your life.
And several key activities;
- Planting. The process of carefully selecting seeds,
- Watering. Giving your attention - which is a limited resource - to plants, to nurture their growth.
- Weeding. Identifying and removing plants which are not helpful to building the life you want.
Why the garden works
The garden paradigm is all about creating a mindset shift, towards;
- Progressive, v. Aggressive. The model changes the paradigm from a hungry, needy, hunting mindset, to a more abundant & nurturing one.
- Completeness. It applies to all types of relationships, from work relationships, to friendships, to romantic relationships. Many men focus solely on finding a girlfriend, without even having male friends first. Your social circle is part of what make you and your life interesting, so it's an important part of your garden.
- Creating a good life, first. Social Gardening focuses on creating an appealing life. The phrase "be the candle, not the moth" is an essential one that most men miss. Become a person worth being friends with, and you will never have to worry about finding friends.
- Balancing Responsibility & Respect. You can plant the seed, and you can water the seed, but you cannot make it grow. This is an essential truth about relationships that most men miss- they assume they must do something to make someone like them.
- Efficiency. Men tend to chase the wrong relationships, invest too much in relationships that will probably never become what they desire. Don't water the weeds.