Our focus

Have you ever glanced at your watch and then looked at it again two seconds later?

Closed an app and then reopen it?

Or noticed when something is different when you walk into your home?

That is because human beings are wired to focus on change.

We notice when something is different. And we ignore the banal, same old same old.

Getting past the default setting

Worldview is a term used to encompass our biases, prejudices, values and beliefs an individual brings to a situation.

It is how people see and simplify a complex world.

The question is: how do we get around it? Is our worldview holding us back from leveling up?

Probably.

Because we all believe in things that are not true. We internalize and compartmentalize each experience while ignoring evidence that contradicts the story we have constructed.

Getting around it means admitting that we are wrong. Often.

Difficult to do.

Well done vs. well said

People say lots of things–out loud and internally.

Yet, most of the things we say are not actually true.

They are true because we believe they are true.

And once we believe in something, we turn it into a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Because human beings are story tellers. 

We internalize and simplify what we see to make sense of a complicated world.

Saying the right things, telling a story that enrolls the people around is a valuable skill.

Far easier to enroll the people around us once our body of work shows we can get things done.

Conspiracy theories

Most people focus on bad drivers. But no one ever notices good drivers.

Why?

Because people choose what they want to see.

It’s a story, a narrative we tell ourselves.

If you believe the we didn’t land on the moon, you are going to zero in on the evidence that supports it.

The problem with most conspiracy theories is they are often the shortest connection between what we see and what we believe.

It’s far easier to tell ourselves a story that we don’t ever win anything than doing the math to understand how probability works.