what you focus on you create more of
What you focus on grows.
You create what you focus on.
You become what you focus on.
What you focus on expands.
Where the attention goes the energy flows.
These are all ways to say the same thing. It may sound a little "woo-woo," but it is scientific and "true-true." 😂🤣
There is a part of your brain called the Reticular Activating System (RAS) and it is a filter. Without it, they say we wouldn't be able to handle all of the stimuli around us at any given point in time. The RAS filters for what we find important. How does it know what we find important? Our brain knows what's important to us because of what we focus on.
Have you ever been in the market for a new car and all of a sudden the kind of car you are looking for appears over and over on the road?
Have you ever learned a new word and then read it or heard it the next day?
These are examples of your RAS at work. The cars and words were there all along, but your brain didn't filter for them until you focused on them. It's why you can hear your name mentioned in a crowd of chatting people, or why an eye doctor notices people who are wearing glasses or squinting. Here is a quick video if you want to learn more!
Take a minute to think about the beliefs you have and the inner dialogue that plays on a loop in your head. Those thoughts, whether they are are serving you or not, send signals to your brain. The brain then searches for proof that your thought or belief is true. How wild is that? If you believe you are never going to lose weight, for instance, your brain searches for proof of that, and your belief becomes stronger.
But there is good news! You can change your thoughts! Once you begin to focus on what you DO want to feel and think, then your brain searches for proof, which feeds the now positive belief. Whattt?!
It may sound weird, but give it a chance. Pick something positive to focus on and watch your world shift. 🌎
You're welcome. 💗
About the Author
Kim is a personal trainer, nutrition coach, and group fitness instructor. She is a mom of two grown kiddos, and a former elementary school teacher. Most days, she can be found training clients, prepping food, thinking about food, or writing about food. She is also obsessed with mindset and habits. She is a 9w1 on the enneagram.