Perceiving & Focusing
Your brain processes more than six-thousand thoughts a day.
But your brain is much like the computer you are on right now. It won’t work properly when it gets cluttered with too many tasks and too much data. It always has incredible computational power, but it has less availability to focus and produce if it is overloaded.
There is a world-famous awareness test that paints the picture on why this matters. Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris conducted a study where they simply ask you to count how many times the players wearing white pass the basketball. You’ve probably seen this video before.
There are three people wearing white that are on a team and three people wearing black on a team. They pass the basketball back and forth and move chaotically around the room. In the middle of this chaos, a person dressed as a gorilla walks across the room. At the end of the video, they ask if you saw the gorilla… Amazingly, about half of the people don’t see the gorilla.
All this to say, our world reconfigures itself around our areas of focus.
To put it mildly, we need to be careful about what we are focusing on, because that has a tendency to become our world. If your world seems negative right now, what are you focusing on? If your world seems positive right now, what are you focusing on?
Focus on more of the good and less of the bad. Why?
Your world literally depends on it.
Final Thought:“Fix your thoughts on what is true, honorable, right, pure, and admirable.” – Paul of Tarsus