When I seek possibilities then I will find possibilities!
10 Focus Changing Keys for Choosing Possibilities
What you see or what you are seeking will be what you get. I took the lesson I learned from freelance writing and found a way to apply it to my everyday life. A little change of focus can open up a whole new world.
I spent two hours listening – or almost listening – to the presentation. I appreciate the speaker invested his time to share, but he had already mentioned the topic was not his strength. I went in not expecting great enlightenment.
One of these days I will remember I often get what I expect. It is also true to say I get what I am willing to invest.
I could have tuned him out (okay, I did a little) because I already knew it all. I could have played on my tablet and distracted others around me. If freelance writing has taught me anything it is the value in finding a way to make the moment work. Something worth writing about can be uncovered in every situation.
So I wrote.
I took the generic information that he offered (which would be a benefit to an attendee who knew little or nothing about the topic) and I customized it a little more to fit my specific needs. I used his ideas and suggestions to locate other articles on the topic to provide a deeper understanding.
I made an effort.
By the end of the seminar, I had two top ten articles outlined, I had a wealth of new information to pursue, and I ended up making a great connection with the speaker because I shared information supporting his talk during the question segments without talking over him.
It turns out it is also that simple for every aspect of my life. I can accept the moment or make the most in the moment. Change comes in the moment, but depending on which way I choose, it is possible to create the opportunity for great change for my life.
The possibilities are there – IF I am willing to seek them out!
Choosing to Make the Effort to Find Possibilities
- Expect to invest if you want to receive a return. I attended a conference where one of the speakers had spoken at another event I attended. I mentioned to the organizer I was going to her talk. “It’s the same one she gave before.” He explained. I went on to tell him if nothing new came to light from her talk then it was my own fault, not hers.
Everything would be more engaging for me it I always lived by that same attitude. What I receive is based on what I choose to receive and not on what you give (ask a husband is this doesn’t make sense) Click To Tweet
- Even the ordinary can be extraordinary with the right twist. Crafters have made an art through the mastery of this idea. I know it is possible. When I choose to look at something from a different perspective then I can give it a whole new life – but I have to make the choice to see beyond the ordinary if I want to unlock the extraordinary potential.
- The more I hear it the more I am going to understand it. It turns out because I heard it once or read it once does not always means I grasped the concept . . . or even put the concept to work in my life. Hearing it again may be what is necessary for it to take root.
- Expectations direct what you find. My attitude effects how I perceive people, information, and circumstances. A little shift in attitude can bring a whole new light to the moment.
- Everyone has something to offer if I am willing to take the time to listen. It may not be what I expected or even what I wanted in that moment, but others have value to add to my journey.
- What I do with what I hear will mean more than what I hear. I can hear the most important person in the world teach me the most important ideas in the world and if I do nothing but write down notes then I have wasted my time and his. It is up to me to put the words I hear to work in my life.
- The ideas are the beginning. I have to listen to others. I have to learn from others. I then have to find a way to take what I hear and what I learn and make it work in my life and for my unique journey.
- There is nothing new under the sun. It may be presented in a new light or through a new medium, but it has been said or thought before. I can either choose to see the “nothing new” in the new light and with the new perspective or I can quit learning. The choice is always mine.
- The learning is always up to me. The teacher can present the idea, but I have to accept the idea. I have to plant the idea. I have to nurture the idea until it grows. I am responsible for what grows up in my life.
- Sometimes the reason I am where I am may not be the reason I think. I need to enter into the encounter with great expectation and be on the lookout for amazing opportunity. I will find it somewhere every single time.
I came away from the seminar with a wealth of information and opportunity – once I changed my focus. The effort I chose to put into the event returned to me in ways t I had not planned and I would not have expected before. I know I can find amazing experiences and opportunities if I am willing to make the effort to find and experience them.
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