Are you feeling frustrated about the slow progress you’re making toward accomplishing your goals? Do you sometimes find yourself going over every negative thing that’s happened in your business, and wonder if it’s all proof that you’ll never succeed? If that sounds like you, I’ve got some good news. There is a way to change the way you feel.
It all depends on what you’re focusing on.
You see, if you spend your time focusing on negative, disempowering thoughts, you’ll experience negative, disempowering feelings. And negative, disempowering feelings are going keep you from the kind of action you need to take in order to create the results you want.
That’s why it’s critical that you take control over your focus, because it will ultimately determine the level of success you have.
The Power of Confirmation Bias
In order to shift what you’re focusing on, you need to understand a term called confirmation bias. Confirmation bias is a cognitive function in which your brain goes in search of evidence to support the beliefs you hold.
But here’s the thing: confirmation bias is a completely neutral tendency. It doesn’t have any emotional attachment whatsoever to the belief that you have — its only goal is to find evidence to support it. This can be incredibly dangerous, because if your beliefs are disempowering, your brain is searching for things that will support these disempowering beliefs. And it will always find something!
Therefore, use confirmation bias to your advantage and shift your focus to the positive.
Where’s Your Focus?
Before I share with you how to shift your focus, let’s first dig a little to see where your focus currently is. Take the time to really think through your answers to the following questions; you may be surprised by what you find.
- Do you tend to focus on the things that you have, or the things you don’t have?
- Are you more focused on your strengths, or your weaknesses?
- Do you tend to compare yourself to others, or are you secure in your own path?
- Are you more focused on the past, or the future?
- Do you think more about your successes, or overanalyze your failures?
If you’ve found that you have the tendency to focus on the negative, it’s time to shift your attention to the positive. It’s not easy — it’s going to take a lot of self-awareness and self-discipline as you monitor your thoughts. But there are some simple things you can incorporate into your daily routine that can make for a quicker and smoother transition.
- Notice your self-talk.
Begin to listen to the way you talk to yourself. When you notice that you’re getting down on yourself and saying disparaging things, interrupt the self-talk and override it with a positive message. Also, consider if you would ever speak to another person the way you’re speaking to yourself. If what you’re saying isn’t appropriate to say to someone else, you shouldn’t be saying it to yourself either!
- List what you’re grateful for.
The quickest way to feel more positive and motivated is to consistently tap into gratitude. Make a list of ten different things that you’re grateful for, in all aspects of your life, big or small. Then read the list every morning. Not only will it help shift your focus, but it’s just a great, positive way to start your day.
- Celebrate small winds.
Take notice each day of the “small winds” that are pushing you forward toward your goals. Maybe you promised yourself you’d talk to five new prospects every day, and you did it. Be proud; that’s a small wind. Keep track of all these small winds, and celebrate them, because big accomplishments are nothing more than a bunch of small little winds put together along the way.
Every single one of you can shift your focus to the positive, and keep your mind set on where you’re headed. No matter how badly you think things are going, always remember there is someone out there who’s got it a lot worse. So, start leveraging the power of confirmation bias in your favor, and I guarantee you you’ll watch your business and your life make a dramatic turn for the better.
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Your Virtual Upline,
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