Tag: Focus

Episode 100!!! Happy Thanksgiving: Thinking Right & Your Flashlight

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Episode 100 is short, sweet and powerful. Yes! There is even a GIFT! A Free eBook, As a Man Thinketh! This very quick, powerful read is one of Martin’s favorite books and he shares exactly WHY (plus, the link to get your special edition).

 “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~Martin Luther King

This episode is the perfect reminder on this Thanksgiving Day! While most people will tell you to be grateful for the fact that you are alive, have clean air and water and live (hopefully) in a FREE country. Martin changes the discussion pointing to an essential gift that is often overlooked.

What we ought to be thankful for is our UNIQUE capacity to choose our thoughts! To direct our attention, intention and focus.

If we “feel whatever we focus upon” then the question to ask is, “WHO is holding your flashlight?”

One more time: “WHO is holding your flashlight?” Who decides what you will focus upon at any moment?

This Thanksgiving we get to recognize that our FIRST debt of gratitude ought to be the fact that we hold a most unique gift— the ability to direct our awareness.

In fact, it’s this capacity that allows US TO BE GRATEFUL this Thanksgiving.

So, should you be thinking that you have NOTHING to be grateful for, think again— and then use your gift of awareness as it was intended! ; )

Thanks for sharing THF with your family and friends!

 

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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 06: The Power of the Mind


“There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.” ~Buddhist Proverb

While happiness, as the Buddhist proverb goes, can and should be a choice (most often) there is no doubt our present circumstances and events have great influence upon our current level of happiness.

In fact, what happens more often than not is that we will assign and craft stories about events (in the present) and then layer on our own subjective and speculative implications (stories) about how that event will influence our future.

Interestingly, these future stories (that WE are always, habitually creating at will) in turn than influence our present level of happiness.

The question becomes, do we have the power to change the story, our attention and focus?

Martin touches on the R.A.S.; the Reticular Activation System, a part of the brain helps selectively guide our focus, to see and find those things that we are seeking OR patterns we’ve seen in the past.

“We tend to see what we put our focus upon… If that future story or image projection is not what we would like to see we actually get to change it.”

In fact, you might argue that becomes a core responsibility in our life.

Martin recounts Jobs’ biography by Walter Isaacson, simply titled, Steve Jobs. In the book, Jobs is famous for something Isaacson coined as his “reality distortion field”. This reflected Jobs unrelenting ambition to distort “reality” and current information and events into something that would ultimately serve his imagination and his goals.

Can we not do this?

Martin challenges the listener to try to alter their focus and to craft a story about a positive, hopeful and optimistic future despite any negative current events or circumstances. And, to notice how that impacts your present level of happiness!

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“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” ~Albert Einstein

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Resources

Your R.A.S. in action — See this video!

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters