Updated: Aug 7, 2019
Have you ever found yourself focusing on the things you can’t do?
Most of us have had these thoughts.
The thought however is not the issue, it is how we respond to them.
We all handle these thoughts of limitation in different ways.
For some, they just continue to let limitation cloud their minds like a stormy day while others take some action in overhaul to improve what they see as limitation.
Some however, choose alternative thought patterns and perspectives to change the way they look at limitations.
Instead of focusing on what they can’t do, they focus their thinking on the things they can do, and work on doing those things even better.
Maybe you can’t cook a five course meal, but you can make a one of a kind cheesecake. If so, then let the cheesecake become your signature dessert.
Maybe you can’t grow tomatoes well, but you have an amazing green thumb for flowers. If so, then create a beautiful garden and become known for your flowers and amazing bouquet arrangements you make from them.
If you can’t write, read. If you can’t read, draw! If you can’t walk, think and see yourself as walking!
When we focus on what we can do, it creates a healthy sense of our abilities and we begin to feel good about ourselves moving us toward more possibilities to expand our capacity.
Henry Ford couldn’t afford a college education, but he could build things with his hands. He revolutionized the car industry making low cost cars affordable
for the everyday person. Meet the founder of the Ford Brand.
Thomas Edison could not go to school, he was told to never come back, but he had ability with the help of his mother self-educated himself. He was one of the worlds greatest inventors. Meet the inventor of the lightbulb.
Andrew Carnegie didn’t know the technical aspects of steel but he did have a group of men that could creating a empire of being one of the worlds largest steel producers. Meet one of the richest men that ever lived in the 20th century.
Again, focusing on ability expands the possibilities.
So here are four ways you can improve your focus on what you can do:
Affirm yourself daily with positive self-talk by saying out loud the things you are able to do and will be able to do. This will help your overall self-esteem.Take time this week to enjoy and appreciate the things you are good at, and particularly the ones you believe you can do well.
Allow the gratitude of others. Accepting praise for the things we are good at, with ease and sincere gratitude is an important step towards a strong and healthy positive self-image.
Focus on the Details
Enjoy focusing your time and energy on helping the good become the best and celebrate your achievements along the way.
Understand the Power of Perspectives
Success has nothing to do with doing everything well, but it does have everything to do on your perspectives. Having a perspective that only sees what is lacking only produces just that: more things to see that are limited and lacking.
Having a perspective that focuses on ability and potential produces the space to embrace possibilities.
Change impossible to I’m possible, focus on what you can do and dispel the need to dwell on what you can’t do.
The possibilities await you.
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