You Choose What You See

 It’s amazing how some people can watch the exact same video and “see” different things.  You have probably noticed this in the most recent Presidential Election in the U.S.  People would watch the same debate and come away with totally different takes on how it went. “My person is awesome.  The other person is despicable!”   I saw this first hand recently when drone footage was posted of construction going on in the Coshocton community.  The footage shows some of the changes and work being done on the Three Rivers Bridge.  It’s a big project that will take quite some time to complete. Most of the reaction was pretty positive.  People fell into the camp of seeing the footage as a cool look at progress being made.  The video was shared (at this point) 74 times with thousands of views.   But the other group (albeit a small group) was not as rosy about the project.  They saw this video and pointed out the amount of money being spent on the project.  They pointed out that traffic was being challenged in both directions.  They even took the time to challenge the assumptions of all decisions made in the community (current and past). As I said, it’s amazing to me that people can watch the same video and “see” two different things. When I look at the video I see “progress.”   Progress is messy and it takes time.  Progress is hard work and it takes sacrifice.  The best progress isn’t easy.  It takes planning and hard work and perseverance.  But that’s what I see. The point is, what you see often has a lot to do with what you “want” to see.  I choose to see things through a positive lense.  To a degree, that’s my nature.  But the reality is, it’s much more of an active choice.  I work every morning to put myself in a positive frame of mind.  I do it on purpose.  I don’t do this because I want to see the world through rose colored glasses.  I do it because I don’t like the alternative. Like most things in life, construction is going to happen.  I can see it as wasteful or I can see it as progress.  It doesn’t affect the project.  That’s going to happen anyway.  It just affects how my mind reacts to it.   So I choose to be happy.  What you choose “to see?” Want to see more progress in your life?  Now might be a great time to sign up for the VIP newsletter.  We provide value each and every week and deliver it to your email box on Monday.  Sign up here.  

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.