What You Focus On

expands.

I learned this gem from a corporate coach a number of years back.  It’s just so true.

What you focus on expands.

If you focus on the negative, you tend to see the negative. If you focus on the positive, you tend to see the positive.

Think about all the things you can focus on:

Fear

Hope

Christ

Evil

Doubt

Faith

Suspicion

Trust

Scarcity

Abundance

Our focus can go in so many directions.

Focusing on one thing doesn’t mean the opposite disappears.  Focusing on faith doesn’t eliminate doubt, but it might mean you tend to linger there less and your faith grows more.

I know in my own life if I become worried I can almost create a problem to walk into.  If I become focused on evil I might forget that Christ is near.

What you are focusing on in your life will tend to expand.  And what you’re focusing your family, team or organization on will expand too.  Your focus eventually shapes you character, your outlook and the culture in your home, family, organization or department and ultimately in your life.

What will you focus on today?  And how has this principle operated in your life?

2 Comments

  1. Chris Oldcorn on March 20, 2011 at 7:31 am

    So, true. A great book on this topic is “The Power of Intention” by Wayne Dyer.

  2. Jonathan Holcomb on March 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Really good stuff Carey. I like, “Focussing on one thing doesn’t mean the opposite disappears.” This is something that I think we forget about. I like the idea of expanding your focus. I tend to think that focus means things get smaller. Maybe a better term would be: focus gets more intense, which would mean going deeper and expand that focus to all areas of your life.

    Thanks for the post!

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