There’s a fairly big chance that this sentence doesn’t make sense to you. That’s because, it doesn’t. However, if we’re going to become masters of our own self-awareness, one of the things we’re going to have to master is how to know where our focus is.
Your brain is an incredible piece of machinery. It puts the latest most powerful computers to shame. It has the capability to focus on literally millions of things at the same time – subconsciously. And there’s the rub. Consciously, the number of things we can focus on is a lot less. Most research shows it to be around seven. The trick to acuity is to allow your brain to focus subconsciously, and make you aware of things that are important.
Think of this example. Have you ever went out to look at new cars. You go to a few places and eventually you see a car that is different; either an unusual model, or colour. You think to yourself “you just don’t see many of them around.” However, on the way home what happens? You see them everywhere. Now the chances that they have not been there before, and coincidentally there are a lot of them around now, is very slim. A far better explanation is that they’ve always been there, you just haven’t noticed them. What is happening now, is that your subconscious is spotting just as many as it did before, but it’s telling your conscious about them.
To me, this is what excellence in Acuity is about. You don’t get better at spotting things: you get better at knowing you’ve spotted them. You get better at trusting your subconscious ability to notice things, and become consciously aware of them.
Something to try
If you’ve been following along and doing the suggested tasks, you will have been responding to alerts on your phone and taking note of what you are thinking or what you are feeling. What I’d like you to do is use the same technique, with the same (or different) reminder times and do this. When the alarm goes off, instantly ask your self the question “before my alarm went off, where was my attention? What was I focussing on?” You might find at first that you’re not sure. But gradually, if you keep doing this 2-3 times a day, for a few days, you’ll find that your subconscious brain sets itself up to be able to answer that question. As soon as the alarm goes off, it will ‘reveal to you’ what you were thinking, or where your focus was. This is worth putting time into, but keep in mind, we’re only talking about a couple of minutes, two or three times a day.
Next week we’ll use this new found ability to know where we are focussing, and we’ll start to direct this focus where we want it.
Let me know in the comments how you get on with this, what you called your wolves, or what method you’re using to record your thoughts. Please, pass this on to your friends, or anyone you think would benefit from feeding their good wolf more. Use the social media links to spread the word.
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