For many, many years I’ve heard and listened to the wise words of Louise Hay, Earnest Holmes, Wayne Dyer and their wisdom of “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” There are many variations of these wise words, but ultimately they tell us the same thing, we choose how we perceive our reality.
There have been times that I would argue the degree to which we can change our experience of a situation, but recently I’ve had countless moments of completely changing the way I experienced a situation. So many that I can’t help but to see it as a a gift from the Universe telling me that we truly do choose how we experience our life, our situations, our experiences. It would be hard for me argue against it at this point.
I do realize that the three examples in the video don’t quite show the depths of how we can use this, they are lighter examples, but they do have practical application.
When we are wanting to change the way we are experiencing a situation, it’s easier to practice on things that are easier for us. Some deeper and more complex situations may require a bit more effort. Knowing this, I’ve chosen to take a practice approach and gently allow it to become more natural and habitual.
Here are a few more practical uses for shifting our focus and changing the way we experience a situation:
Nervousness – A few friends of mine are going through some intense rounds of interviews and their current lack of employment has made the process even more nerve-wracking. An option would be to shift focus away from the interview, away from thoughts of hoping you get the job, hoping it goes well etc… and moving the focus to the human connection.
Apprehension – Many people experience varying degrees of social anxiety. This might occur at a party, an event, or any social gathering and you have the option to shift focus away from the nervousness and into a fun game of saying hello to a complete stranger and how many new people you can say hello to. This is an area I tend to be challenged in, so you know it’s one I’ll be experimenting with.
Pain – When pain strikes it can be overwhelming and it can overpower our habits of optimism, gratitude, and joy. I’m not saying that will be easy to shift the focus, but it is possible and it presents an opportunity strengthen the skill. Imagine how we can improve the quality if our life if we strengthen this ability to shift our focus in all situations.
By practicing with easier situations, it will become more habitual and we’ll find it working even in the more difficult life situations.
I hope you have fun with this!