My friend and CAB client Claire Dimes wrote a post about how humans are great at inventing and visualising imaginary futures.
Futures which perversely become more likely the more we think about them.
Many times I’ve been peering out through the windscreen of my racecar in the heat of battle, and saw a competitor spinning in front of me.
Whenever I got target-fixated on him and imagined what it would feel like if I crashed into him, I’d be much more likely to do so.
If I snapped myself back into logic and reason, I’d be looking for the GAP where he WASN’T, and I’d usually sail on by, chuckling at his lack of talent.
You go where you’re looking, as my driver coach always told me.
This is the hidden power of positive (or negative) thinking – you get what you think about most.
Even the ancients understood this:
“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.” — Marcus Aurelius.
Focus on what you want, not on what you DON’T want.
It’s worked for millennia so far.