What are you seeing and, more importantly, what are you missing? We laughed at our room-mate the other day because when my husband commented about the chair in the hallway (it stops our dog running into the wall), she asked “what chair? She had been completely unaware of it, despite living here for 6 weeks already.
I explained that it was a common phenomena and we often don’t see everything in our surrounds. That explains why you can’t see the jar of honey or jam standing right in front of you while looking in the cupboard or fridge. I’m sure you’ve had a moment when someone says (or shouts) to you, “It’s there, right in front of you.”
It does make one curious about what one is missing out on seeing!
We are bombarded with sights, sounds, feelings, internal thoughts, tastes and smells and yet our mind can only process a limited amount of information at once – around 5 to 9 chunks of information. We filter out the rest even though we might still be aware unconsciously. My friend’s unconscious mind knew the chair was there and helped her to avoid bumping into it – much like you might drive your car without being aware of every single muscle movement, and eye movement needed to drive safely. We just can’t give our full attention to everything – if we did we’d go crazy.
So what? What does this mean for a champion mind?
Are you taking control of what you are viewing and experiencing in the world? It can be easy to fall into habits and to keep looking for the same experiences, the same type of people, the same objects. Have you noticed that some people always notice the bad things, or how bad things are; while other people notice the good things? This comes down to programming.
In the “Luck Factor”, the author talks about how “lucky” people create their own luck just by thinking they are lucky, and looking out for opportunities. They also have the ability to see the luck within a bad situation. Unlucky people do the opposite, and don’t even notice when good things come their way. They filter it out.
You can’t change the fact that we can only focus on 5 to 9 chunks of information at one time, but you CAN change what you look for. You can do this with:
1. Intent – start your day and tasks with intention. What do you want to get out of the day, out of a meeting. Your intent is like a mini-goal and will set your filters to focus on what is important to achieve your intent or goal.
Imagine the day you might have if you decide that “Today is the day” or “This is my lucky day!” If you have the intent to learn something new today, do you think you might?
You can make your intent as specific as you like. Do it the beginning of your day to become even more productive.
2. Appreciate – focus on what is good in your life or a situation. What you appreciate appreciates! Think about it. If your thoughts attract your reality, doesn’t it help to focus on what is good and create more of that or similar.
If you want to improve your results, focus on the good results you ARE getting, rather than the ones you are not. If you want to improve your relationship, just by shifting your attention and appreciating what is good in your partner can make a huge difference. End your day with appreciation or gratitude for at least 3 things.
3. Awareness – just be aware of what you might be missing. Get out of tunnel/foveal vision and use your peripheral vision to take in more. This might be less focused, but it will allow you to take in closer to the 9 chunks of information. Scan your surroundings and if something gets your attention, then you can focus in.
This is a great way to find new solutions for problems you might have. Often what we are not seeing are obvious solutions, because we are either too focused on the problem, or too focused on the wrong solution.
Sharpen your champion mind and get curious and start looking for what you are not seeing.
Please comment with your experiences of not seeing the obvious, or being ‘lucky’.