Direct Your Focus using positive thinking
If you don’t direct your focus, someone else will do it for you, and positive thinking can help you with that. We live in a world of constant distractions, and there are people all around us trying to take our focus towards whatever it is they are promoting. Advertising agencies, social media companies, entertainment conglomerates, and TV and online news outlets compete for your attention all the time, but they don’t always have your best interests in mind.
As an example, let’s look at TV news. There is an old saying in the journalism business, “if it bleeds, it leads.” That saying goes way back to the beginnings of modern journalism, but it’s still true today. Whenever you turn on your TV, the news is always bad news. Positive stories don’t get covered, and often stories are taken out of context and blown out of proportion. For example, in 2014 there were a handful of cases of Ebola infections detected in the United States. The people who had the virus were being treated in hospitals; their loved ones and co-workers were quarantined, monitored, and tested. In other words, the public health system was working exactly as it’s supposed to, and a small outbreak was being properly contained. And yet, respected TV news stations like CNN spent days telling us that we’re all going to die from Ebola any day now.
Why was this happening? Why was the news media creating a panic when there was no real reason to do so? The main reason is because the media is a business, and negative news sells better than good news. Unfortunately, as we already learned in the previous chapters, focusing on the negative aspects of life can be dangerous to your mindset and even your health.
So, how do you deal with this onslaught of negativity that is constantly trying to get your attention? You direct your focus, and you take responsibility for what you watch, because you have to stay positive. You have to start thinking about entertainment content just as you think about food, and make healthy choices in the same way. If a TV show makes you feel sad or angry, avoid it. If a newspaper article or a news segment you are interested in focuses on the negative aspect of life, try to find the positive in it.
What’s most important is for you to keep your focus on yourself and your emotional stability. Focus on your own life and your road to success.
And always remember to keep your focus on being thankful. Maybe I’m starting to sound a little like a broken record here, but when you focus on what you already have and what you’re grateful for, you will start leading a better, more fulfilled life.
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