Our outlook is an important part of who we are. How we view the world determines a lot of what we experience. Outlook is one of the easiest things to change once we make a decision to change it. I just recently had an experience with changing my outlook of this site. Before I thought that only long full articles were good for my blog, but now I realize that as long as I’m getting the point across, I don’t have to write exhaustive descriptions!
I figured this out because of you guys, my readers. You guys are really smart, so for you, the less the better. I’ll do my best from now on to keep my entries short (under 1000 words) AND make them jam packed with great information. Ok, enough with that!! Let’s get to work, I only have 854 words left…
Write this down! Or at least say it to yourself everyday or so…
My outlook determines my output.
Sounds easy enough to say, but what does it mean? Basically, when we face a situation we will see in that situation that which we have trained ourselves to see. If we’re looking for problems, we’re going to find problems. If we’re looking for money, we’re gonna find money! (if you truly believe you deserve it) So, how do we go about changing our outlooks?
1. Discover your current outlook.
You’ll never be able to change that which you don’t know is happening. If you don’t recognize how you see things, here’s a test to find out.
Is the glass half full or half empty?
Are you more motivated towards success or away from failure?
Do you seek pleasure more than you avoid pain?
Which is better, reason/logic or passion/feeling?
There are no right or wrong answers here, answering honestly is the important thing.
2. Decide if you want to change your current outlook.
Is the way you view the world currently helping or hurting you achieve your goals? If you worry about bad things happening and make choices based on that outlook, is it a good or bad thing?
3. Determine to Change
Start with something simple. Pick one “outlook” you’re going to change today. For example, when faced with a situation that you would have perceived as a problem before, face it now as an opportunity to practice your creativity. What interesting ways can you solve this puzzle you’re now facing? It’s much easier to get things done when you take the right approach.
4. Dedicate yourself to your new outlook
Stay focused on the new outlook and don’t slide back into your old ways. The first 3 weeks will be hard, but you can do it! It gets easier and easier everyday! To repeat here are the 4 steps.
What outlooks do you want to change? I strongly urge you to start today.