You ever try the approach of thinking positively that you’re going to find a parking spot on a busy city street somewhere and then BAM, you find one?
Some would say it’s coincidence and they’d be right because there’s been times I’ve tried this approach and it hasn’t worked.
However, whenever I do use this approach, it seems to work more often than not.
Get this, when I did my men’s physique competition a few years ago, I kept thinking to myself before walking out on stage in front of the judges…
“Don’t trip, don’t fall, don’t stumble”.
Well guess what happened as I was transitioning from one pose to another?
Yup, you guessed it, I stumbled and almost fell.
Not surprising thought since my focus after all was on falling.
Same goes for when I played basketball.
Whenever I got fouled in a game and went to the foul line, in my head I was thinking…
“Don’t miss it, don’t miss it”.
Yup, you guessed it again — I’d miss it.
Because my focus was on missing it even if I was thinking don’t miss it.
There’s massive power in the idea that where our focus goes, energy flows.
Focus on finding a parking spot, walking across the stage gracefully, making the shot and the chances of these being our outcomes increases substantially.
Again, not all the time but the odds are in our favor when we do.
Focus on “there’s no way I’m going to find a parking spot” or “don’t fall or stumble” or “don’t miss the shot” and chances are, these will be our outcomes.
Outcomes we didn’t want but because we focused on them, we attracted them.
Where focus goes, energy flows.
I make it a point now to always focus on the positive results I’m after versus the negative ones I don’t want to happen.
Lots more in this episode of my Mornings With Mike podcast.