Someone told me that her partner wanted to buy a new car, and they both noticed that as soon as this discussion happened, they started noticing this car model every day. It seemed to them that this particular vehicle suddenly was everywhere. Of course, it wasn't the case that so many people suddenly bought this car model in one week. They just noticed this car more. This is a mechanism in our mind called the reticular activating system (RAS), and it has very much to do with the power of focus. And it is a very natural phenomenon in our brain. It makes our mind focus and be more conscious about something after it has become attractive. Then our conscious mind connects it with the subconscious mind to attract anything regarding that issue, even while sleeping.
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It's precisely the same with our goals and life dreams.
If one holds them at the conscious part of the mind, at the forefront, he will start noticing many things about them that before were there but were left unnoticed. There is a spiritual side to this. Some people know that they can attract the necessary situations or "coincidences" into their life simply by focusing on what they genuinely wish and desire. Some people believe this, and others don't. But even the people who don't believe it, can see that others who keep their goals on their minds are more aware and alert about what is happening around them. It seems that it is because they care. By choosing to believe, you choose to put energy into your actions and goals. So you will start seeing what others pass by without noticing at all.
I have encountered this thing many times in the past.
When I began my travels worldwide, in the first period, I was searching to find people interested in what I was doing and exchange my services and help with them giving me accommodation and engaging with my projects.
Of course, this for me was very difficult in the beginning. I didn't know where to start from. I had so many things on my mind at the time. I was full of negative thoughts, self-doubts, overthinking, and second-guessing everything! So I was trying to spend some time searching and finding contacts spending the rest of my time as I described above - lost in extreme thinking in my mind.
At that time, I was traveling with another spiritual teacher, helping him, and I noticed that things were different for him. Although he was working and practicing perhaps even harder than I was, he always managed to keep his search for contacts on his mind as well.
So, he always came upon opportunities for meeting new people or ideas while I was losing myself in stress and frustration. I could not understand why for me was hard and for him not. I was with him most of the time, but I could not even notice the opportunities he was catching and utilizing...
Sustaining focus at all times is not easy.
Always around us exist things "fighting" to get our attention.
To escape the trap of losing your attention, it is vital to focus FIRST and FOREMOST on the most critical goals in your life and make them the center of YOUR attention.
Of course, to make this happen, you should search and find the plans that excite you and stimulate your spirit. That way, the background noise will not be able to cover your consciousness and make you become lost in it.
As you will be going about your everyday life activities, you will always be connecting your circumstances with YOUR OWN purpose. Then you will see that almost every situation can empower you and open for you some new opportunities, increasing your chances for success.
As the "Alchemist" of Paulo Coelho says: The Universe will start conspiring to help you!
... you will be throwing a casual comment about something to unknown people, and you will be igniting interest in your endeavors! You would be surprised how you attracted seemingly irrelevant people that turn out to be in alignment with what you want to accomplish in your life. An unknown person could turn out to be an investor who is interested in finding someone exactly like you! Or maybe strangers will give you some advice that becomes the exact thing you need to hear on your path or to accomplish your goal. You will notice an advertisement with a message that brings a new idea to you.
All of these things will start happening,
... but the chances are dramatically increased if your mind is trained to stay present and focused on fulfilling your dreams and goals. For example, if you search for financial independence, as many people today try to keep it in the conscious part of your mind during the whole day… and not in the fearful way most people do, like feeling and thinking about the stress of not having it.
Just be alert that you ARE on the path to attaining this financial freedom like as if you were on a trail to the top of some mountain, you would not forget it, thinking, "why am I here?" or "what am I doing in the forest?", you would be aware that you are on a trail to the top of the mountain.
Observe your environment
... and the people you meet every day. Remember constantly your purpose. When your opportunity comes, you will be able to see it and grab it. It's all about focus.
About the Author
Northern Deer is the founder of WOW Academy. When he is not working with his students, he likes doing shamanic journeys, meditation, going for walks, creating online courses, reading books, energetic and physical training, traveling, meeting, and discussing with people.