Focus, focus, focus. So much depends on what we choose to notice and how we frame it. Do you see the glass half empty or half full? Is your work load overwhelming or demanding but interesting? Are the kids noisy and disruptive or fun loving and active? Do you make mistakes or learn lessons? So much depends on the way we choose to see it and the great thing is, we do have choice and we can practice looking through a different frame. When we do this, it changes our experience.
Psychologists have researched the Reticular Activating System (RAS), which in simple terms sets the filter in our brain to seek out examples of what we believe is true. For example, if you’re about to buy a new car and you’re interested in let’s say a red, Ford Focus, suddenly you’ll probably see many more of these types of cars on the road than ever before. This is your RAS in action. So, if you’re looking for the negatives, for things going wrong and proof that the world is a struggle, you’ll find it. Your brain is super powered to find what it seeks and filter out all exceptions.
So here’s a challenge for the week. If you find yourself preoccupied with what isn’t going the way you’d like, focus on what you want more of. You can do this by catching others doing stuff that you’d like them to do more often. I know, sometimes this can be hard but there’s always something! Everyone loves a little recognition and encouragement. Think about what you would like this week and retrain your mind to search for it and find evidence it’s actually there. It’s time to get your RAS working for you instead of against you – focus, focus, focus! Go on, have some fun and try it!