Change the Lens with Which You View the World

The reticular activating system (RAS) is the filter in the brain that decides what stimuli in the environment will be processed. We are exposed to trillions of bits of information in our environment, but the human brain can only process a small fraction of it. The RAS picks up on things in our environment that we deem important. What is considered important is what we focus on.

This is why when you buy a new car, you start seeing it everywhere. It’s not that all of a sudden everyone is buying the same car. What’s happening is your RAS is now processing that car because it is now something tagged in your brain as important.

This is also why people who always expect the worst, seem to get the worst and why people who are optimistic always seem to have everything work in their favor.

If you’re focused on a goal, your RAS will look for opportunities in the environment that support that goal. Their are endless opportunities surrounding you at all times. If you get clear on what you want, your RAS can do it’s job by finding the things needed to make that goal a reality.

Think about what you focus on the majority of the time. Are you constantly worried about debt? Do you talk about what you don’t want more than what you do want?

Once you become aware of where your focus goes, you can make the shift. Focus on your dreams. Talk about all the things you want for your life.

Check in with yourself throughout the day. If you are feeling negative and focusing on problems, shift it by thinking about three things you can feel love and gratitude for. As you interrupt these patterns of negative thinking, over time, you can rewire your brain to focus more on the positive.

Take a few minutes every morning as you wake up and again before you fall asleep to visualize your goals, so your RAS can begin looking for opportunities to make it happen. Once you have this awareness, you can make the shift. You are in the driver’s seat. Take the wheel.

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