Where Your Thoughts Focus…You Follow

hasseman marketing rapids I remember listening to an interview with the late-great Wayne Dyer that really changed my thought process.  He was talking to the interviewer about the tremendous power of thoughts.   He said, “The thing is, what you really, really, really want in life, you tend to get.  But what you really, really, really DON’T want in life, you also tend to get!  Your thoughts are very powerful.  In both what you want and what you DON’T want, you put your thoughts and attention on.” Then he finished with this.   “Once you realize that what you think about shows up in your life, you get REALLY careful about what you think about!’ I was reminded of this at a meeting recently.  A group of good, smart people were sitting around discussing the creation of something new.  Throughout the discussion, the conversation kept drifting back to the challenges that might be faced, the things that might not work, the obstacles that lay in the way.  Those are important to understand and account for, for sure.  But one thing we did not discuss…where we wanted to go. I was listening to the book Millionaire Success Habits by Dean Graziosi and it reminded me of this lesson. He talked about a group going on a whitewater rafting trip.  The water was pretty rough and the guide was continually giving the group coaching and reminders.  He told them that when he saw trouble ahead, he would never point to the trouble.  He said if I point to the branch that we might run into (and tip us over), human nature will drive us right at it!  Instead, he pointed to the spot in the river that the group needed to go.   Focus on where you WANT to go.  Stop focusing some much on the things that will get in the way. Now, for those of you “realists” in the audience, this does not mean the branch does not exist.  The “potholes” in life are still there.  But most people spend all of their time focused on the branches in their own life.  Then they wonder why they spend every day running into them. What do you want to create?  Spend your time, energy and talent focusing on that. Make sure you never miss an update!  Each day we create new content with the goal of providing value to you.  You can get one email per week with all of the content.  Just sign up here to join our VIP list.

Written by: Kirby Hasseman

Kirby Hasseman is the CEO of Hasseman Marketing & Communications. Kirby hosts a weekly Web show called Delivering Marketing Joy where he interviews business leaders from around the country. Kirby has published four books. His most recent is “Fan of Happy.” His book, called "Delivering Marketing Joy" is about doing “promo right” and is perfect for people in the industry and customers. He also wrote “Think Big For Small Business” and “Give Your Way to Success. All are available on Amazon.