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How to see what you want to see

Our perceptual faculties are bombarded every day by an incessant stream of sense-data.

One of the brain’s primary functions is to protect us from being overwhelmed by this flood of information. It accomplishes this by filtering out or deliberately overlooking any thing which appears to be irrelevant to our general survival needs or specific priorities.

The brain works in a very efficient manner to help us be blind and deaf to meaningless distractions. It’s like having a personal assistant who blocks phone calls and visits from anyone that might waste our time.

So, what determines if some bit of information gets pass our filters or not?

One major factor is our attitude.

When we tell ourselves things like “it’s no use”, “I’ll never make it”, “things like that don’t work for me”, or “I can’t”, we give instructions to our brain to filter out any evidence of hope. The decision to regard something we want as improbable or impossible sends a message to the brain that says “please don’t waste my time with inspiring ideas and creative solutions. That stuff is irrelevant to me since it doesn’t work anyway.”

But when we turn our objections into questions, we OPEN OUR MIND to previously undetected opportunities and possibilities because we’re sending our brain a message that says “I’m curious about this. This is important to me. Give me an alert notification every time you come across information that’s relevant to this.”

That’s when we begin to notice billboard advertisements, song lyrics, background conversations, magazine articles, weather patterns, cloud formations, or other sights, smells, sounds, feelings, and tastes that invoke creative ideas and solutions.

Listen carefully to the words you use when you describe your life and your dreams. You’re not just talking to the people around you. You’re talking to your brain and you’re telling it what kind of world you would like it to show you.

Speaking the life you want to live is a prerequisite for seeing it.

That’s my two cents,

TK

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