The human mind is an incredible thing. So is a DVR (“digital video recorder” for the cavemen subscribed to my blog). But if the mind is not being utilized to its potential, then it is about as amazing as a DVR being used only to record every episode of Jersey Shore. Our mind is constantly processing information and thoughts; and most of that processing power is being used on random, unproductive thoughts.
A vision causes us to focus our thoughts. It sets our mental filters to capture any opportunity, any information, any news which affects our vision.
Our senses are constantly bombarded with images, sounds, smells, and the other two senses. Because we cannot consciously perceive everything at all times, our brains have filters that only allow us to perceive what is important to us immediately. For example, when the driver in the car in front of you steps on its brakes, you immediately perceive the three red lights on the back all turned on at once–but as you slow down and prepare to stop, you probably didn’t notice whether or not his safety check was current (it wasn’t).
Ever thought about buying a new Ford Focus? If you have, then the next time you go driving, every time you pass a Ford Focus on the road you’ll notice it and realize that there are suddenly a lot more Ford Focuses (Foci?) on the road than you thought. Even though you were not consciously looking for Ford Focuses on the road, since it was something that your thoughts were recently focused on, you suddenly become more aware of Ford Focuses.
So, how do we use this to our advantage? Remember all those new years resolutions you just made? Did you think about them since you wrote them? Can you see them now? If they’re written in a journal, then re-write them onto some 3×5 index cards and post them somewhere that you see them all the time–on your bathroom mirror, on your planner, on your refrigerator, on the dashboard of your brand new Ford Focus… That way you are thinking about them on a regular basis. And if you are thinking about them, then your subconscious filters will stop blocking information regarding your vision. Then any information that is relevant and helpful to you in attaining your vision will become clear to you.
The “how” of accomplishing your vision is much less important than having the vision in the first place. Create your vision, think about it all the time, let your brain know what it’s supposed to be looking for, then stop thinking about Jersey Shore.
This week’s blog has been sponsored by the new Ford Focus.
What other simple trick or tool can you use to keep your mind focused daily on your vision?