What are you REALLY thinking about yourself and your future?
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You are engaged in selective perception every day, meaning you're not taking in every bit of stimulus that's coming your way. You are sorting, mostly subconsciously, for the information that's relevant to you for the purposes you have at hand. Now think about this for a second - how do you determine what's relevant? If your perception of stimulus is subconscious that mean's it's habitual. Your brain helps you to reinforce existing beliefs and existing patterns.
- You see what you expect to see.
- You see what you're used to seeing.
- You see things that relate to whatever is top of mind for you.
If you want to notice more opportunity, if you want to affect your perceptions in a positive way, you need to create a framework for relevance. This is accomplished by establishing a general intention, or by planning a more specific goal. Here's a simple example - I'm considering buying a car. I've got a specific brand, model, and perhaps even color in mind. Suddenly everywhere I go I see THAT car - driving beside me, parked in parking lots, etc. I've set up my selective perception to be stimulated by the sight of that car.
Part of the reason that it's stress-inducing not to have a direction is that although you're receiving stimuli from an overwhelming number of sources, you're not able to perceive them. There are limitless opportunities, but it feels like there are none.
You might not feel ready to set a specific goal yet, for any number of reasons. But if you want to make a positive impact on your selective perception, at least establish a general positive intention. If you are looking to expand your income, release yourself from the need to know HOW you're going to do it right now. Just keep that intention front and center and your brain will sort all of the incoming stimuli to help you notice the ones that are relevant to your intention.
This isn't motivational hooey - it's physiological fact. If you'd like to read more about selective perception, click THIS LINK.