Focus on the Positives

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As we begin a new week, take a moment to reflect on what it is that you think about most often. Did you realize that what you concentrate on is what you will see? It’s easy to get stuck on certain ideas or beliefs but staying aware of your thoughts can help you get unstuck.

Lawyers can easily find the flaw in an argument just as auditors can easily find tax mistakes. Their job requires that they look for errors, which can cause “inattentional blindness” making it harder to see the positive. This happens when you focus so much on one aspect of a situation that your brain doesn’t pay attention to anything else. For example, if you bought a silver Lexus, you start seeing them everywhere. It’s not that there has been an upswing in silver Lexus sales – it’s that your brain gives priority to your focus.

That is why it’s important to teach your brain to focus on the positive. The more that you can do this, the more positivity and gratitude you will feel, which creates more optimism and higher expectations for similar future outcomes.

To focus on the positive, take five minutes each day to write a list of three good things that happened that day. You could include something simple, like an interaction with a friend or colleague. Carrying out this exercise teaches your brain to focus on gratitude and moments of happiness.  Cutting-edge research in Neuroscience has now proven that we can change our brain by changing our thoughts.

Consistency is also important in establishing a positive frame of mind. Sharing your three good things with your spouse or family each day leads to more positive elements in those relationships. This doesn’t mean blocking out major problems; it’s just an exercise to bring more positivity into your life.

Something to Think About
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and think that everything is going wrong, and nothing seems to work out the way that you want, but maybe it’s going wrong because you are looking for what’s wrong in every scenario, verses looking for what is right or positive.

Weekly Activity
Pay attention to your thoughts this week.  As Zig Ziglar would say, “Get rid of your stinkin’ thinkin’!”

Words of Wisdom
We all need a daily check up from the neck up to avoid stinkin’ thinkin’ which ultimately leads to hardening of the attitudes. –  Zig Ziglar

Being trapped in negativity is the same as being trapped in the weight of addiction… it covers up who you really are under all of that. – LeAura Alderson

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. – Albert Einstein

Don’t keep allowing the same things to upset you. Life’s too short to live that way. –  Joel Osteen

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