Outsmart Your Inner Autopilot

Race car drivers don’t look at the wall when they’re racing. They look at where they want to go.

Do the same with your life.

Focus on the results you want to create. The things you want to do. The value you want to add.

Any time you feel a negative emotion like fear, frustration or anxiety, it’s a sign you’re focusing on what you don’t want.

The only good thing that comes from those emotions is they serve as the trigger to realize you’re focusing on what you don’t want.

Switch your focus fast. Write down the answers to these questions and watch your brain go to work for you:

1. What do I want?
2. What am I learning?
3. What’s good about this?
4. How can I move forward?

The habit of vigilantly looking for what’s wrong now and what else may go wrong has outlived its original purpose.

It’s an evolutionary throwback – a negativity bias that ensured our survival as a species.

Prune away the habit of focusing on what you don’t want.

Don’t take action when you’re feeling negative emotions.

Like pushing through a proposal when you’re feeling frustrated with the draft prepared by your team.

Even if you complete the task, it comes with collateral damage.

At a minimum you’ll feel tired and depleted, because it will be harder and take longer.

We’re proud of how tough we are as entrepreneurs, but often we’ve just become used to things being hard.

They don’t have to be. Your feelings are the fuel for your actions. It will always feel hard when you’re having negative emotions.

Before starting anything, refocus on the outcome you want, so you feel good first.

How you focus your mind is the biggest predictor of your success.

Focus on where you want to go, not on what you want to avoid.

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