My husband and I love to go out to hear live music. I recall one night we went out and listened to some great blues music...I was enjoying it thoroughly...watching the band, feeling the groove of the music, noticing the great environment and the people there. I like to sit as close as possible so I can watch all the happenings on the stage and between the band members....it's quite fascinating.
Later, my husband said "do you hear that humming?" It turns out the speaker had a humming in it, and until he mentioned it, I didn't even notice it....I was so focused on these other things, I didn't notice it until he mentioned it.
That lead us to a great conversation about perception....here we were...both in the same spot, listening to the same music....everything appears to be the same, but our perceptions, our experience had some difference in it. Who was right and who was wrong? To my husband, he was right, there was a humming....and I was right too, because before he mentioned it, I didn't even hear it. Although it was there, my hearing had not picked it up because I was focused on other things.
This is important to remember because perception applies to all aspects of life, both business and personal. It's important not to be closed minded insisting you are right, when there are different points of view and different perspectives to be considered.
Two people can start something at the same time - a diet, an exercise routine, a new business....EVERYTHING can be the same, but two people can have totally different experiences....why is this? Because we get what we focus on. We hear what we want to hear, we see what we want to see, we experience what we are looking for. This is a great lesson to master in life....if we get what we focus on, what are YOU focusing on? Are you getting the results in your life you want or not? Do you need to change your focus?
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