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Whenever my clients come to me for positivity training the first thing I ask them is where they are focusing their energy. We all have a desire to move forward confidently with our grand plans, but when we take an honest look at where we’ve been focusing our energy we often find that we’ve been missing the mark because we are simply focusing on the wrong things.
Check Your Focus
The good news is you can check to see where your focus is right now! In the picture below I’ve hidden the following "positive" words:
Positivity, Confidence, Peace, Love, Joy, Serenity, Humility, Kindness, Empathy, Truth, Compassion, Faith, Generosity
Take a moment or two now to see how many you can find.
Did you find any?
Don’t continue unless you found at least a couple positive words.
Okay, I believe you.
Depending on how closely you worked on this exercise perhaps you noticed that there are more words hidden in this puzzle than just the ones listed. The words hidden in this puzzle fall under two categories: “Positive” and “Negative.” In fact, there is an equal number of positive words as negative words—26 in all—but if you did as I suggested then chances are you found more positive words than negative words. The reason for this is that you were focused on looking for the positive rather than the negative.
We Tend To Get What We Look For
We get what we focus on and we will see what we are looking for. This idea is similar to what scientists call a confirmation bias, a tendency to interpret information according to our preexisting worldview—in this case the preconditioned desire to find what we are looking for. The very act of deciding to look for something makes the object of our desire more visible, like a yellow highlighter on a page screaming to be noticed.
Falling into extreme cases of confirmation bias can create problems (e.g. when we give unfounded meaning to the random and meaningless), however we can also use confirmation bias in healthy ways that develop and foster positivity. This can be especially helpful for those who are not naturally positive, or for those who have been “down in the dumps” lately.
It's not always easy to stay positive, especially when the unexpected happens, but by remembering that this is a daily practice rather than a one-and-done solution you can keep your expectations in perspective as you strive to focus on the things to be glad about.
What are YOU focusing on?
Jonas Cain is an author, comedy magician, and Facilitator of Fascination who helps corporations and individuals develop and foster positivity to turn adversities into possibilities. He can be reached for comment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jonas Cain is an author, corporate magician, Facilitator of Fascination, and founder of Positivity Magic, LLC. His company provides engaging keynote presentations for conferences; empowering team-building workshops for monthly, quarterly, and annual meetings; and encouraging one-on-one coaching sessions for professionals looking to advance in their work and life. His positivity books are currently available from Amazon.com and PositivityMagic.com. If you or your organization or corporation is looking to experience greater enjoyment and excellence at work, home, and beyond, then contact Jonas directly at email@example.com to start the conversation and schedule a complimentary consultation.