Have you ever shopped for a car? Perhaps it’s a black Volvo wagon; or maybe it’s a red Ford Focus. You get the brochure; you walk around it in the showroom; you take it for a test drive. Maybe you even put down a deposit and have a signed purchase agreement.
Then you go about your business, going to the store, stopping at the mall, driving around town. And you see that car you’re looking at everywhere. It’s as if everyone on the planet owns that car.
That’s because what you focus on you see.
There’s a video used to illustrate this principle. The video appears to be a group of people who are passing a basket ball. The instruction before looking at the video is to watch and count the number of times the ball is passed.
How’d you do?
When we focus on what’s a problem, we see more problems. When we focus on what’s not working, we see more of what’s not working.
It works the other way too. When we focus on what’s going well, we see more of what’s going well. When we focus on what’s working, more of what’s working shows up. When we focus on what’s possible, we see infinite possibilities.
I’ve trained myself to ask this question as soon as my eyes snap open in the morning: What amazing opportunities will I see today?
And the opportunities that I have seen have been nothing short of amazing.
Here’s a simple practice: Every day, before your day begins, write down three things that went well the day before; or, if you prefer, three things that you’re grateful for.
You’ll train yourself to see differently. Your world will expand in wondrous ways that you never imagined could be possible.
And you’ll never miss the gorilla.
When you’re ready to see new possibilities, let’s talk. Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org