Do You Focus on Opportunities or Obstacles

I am in the process of organizing a seminar series.  I made my basic decisions such as target audience, when to offer it, the various topics, and the format.  While I laid out my time line and list of action items – my mind starts to wander. That little voice inside my head starts whispering – will anyone show up? Can I deliver? Will people find value? Am I charging too much?  Will this format work the best? etc.  At this point I have two choices – allow my little voice to continue and stop me from taking further action or talk back and tell it “thank you for sharing but I am choosing to ignore you”.  That little voice has as much control as I give it.

When facing your future do you focus on opportunities or obstacles?

As I shared my experience at the beginning of this article – my mind immediately focuses on the obstacles. I believe that is human nature.  As I make myself conscience of my thoughts I can change my internal discussion. Instead I could ask myself – will I have enough room for all those who want to attend? Will I be able to withhold my enthusiasm for my topics? How far will I exceed my audience’s expectations?  How many lives can I improve?  Now this is a different story.

Did you feel overwhelmed and defeated focusing on the obstacles?  Did you feel invigorating, ready for action when considering the opportunities?  When I feel defeated I freeze and take no action.  When I feel excited and passionate about the opportunity I am ready to charge forward.  The feelings that are generated by our thoughts spur the actions that we most likely will take.  My chance of success when I focus on the obstacles is slim.  My chance of success when I focus on the opportunities becomes vastly improved.

I hope you will join me at my new seminar series for small business owners. See the enclosed flyer or go for more information.


P.S. This concept came from the book secrets to a millionaire mind. One secret is that rich and successful people focus on the opportunities.


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