The Opportunities Are Endless — Your Brain’s Ability to See Them Is Not
Why Expanding Our Perspectives Is Essential to Noticing More of Life’s Opportunities
Our perspective is limited by our knowledge. Our knowledge is limited by our perspective. The more we expand our perspectives, the more we notice opportunities popping up all around us. As we act on these opportunities, we begin to feel life’s richness even amidst those ordinary days.
When we immerse ourselves in new experiences and delight in life’s unexpected surprises, we grow. This is where the juice of life is ultimately found — in experiencing the beauty of our own unfolding.
If we do not continually expand the horizons of our minds, feelings of stagnancy arise. It may feel as if life “isn’t going anywhere.” It is not life that is stagnating — we are. We must meet life’s opportunities halfway.
When we feel as if our lives have become stuck in a rut, it is only because our minds have become stuck in a rut.
STUCK IN THE SAME THOUGHT PATTERNS
We are rarely aware of the habitual nature of our own thoughts — 70-90% of our thoughts are the same as the day before! If our minds are constantly regurgitating the same thoughts, then our actions and behaviors can’t change much either. As a result, it feels as if our lives are a version of Groundhog Day — the same old story playing out on different days. In reality, it’s because we haven’t consciously chosen to think new thoughts and act in new ways.
The great news is that expanding our minds is the simplest way to bring in some bright splashes of color, excitement, and opportunity.
YOUR BRAIN KEEPS YOU BLIND TO SEEING NEW OPPORTUNITIES
There is a biological reason behind the power of expanded perspectives. Your brain gets bombarded with too many gigabytes of data to be able to consciously process all of it. It needs a filter to hone in on the most important pieces.
Even in this moment, you are swimming in a sea of physical and sensory data that you could be focusing on — but aren’t. The birds might be chirping outside…