This will be the third time I have posted this blog as a kick off to a new year. Interestingly, it is the blog where I have received the most ‘likes’ and feedback over the past two years. (Hint: Please forward this to all your mates and ‘like’ it yourself – I’d love to break last year’s record!) Being the third time, I feel I can now own this as my annual Green Tea and Dark Chocolate blog. Those who know me well know that I cannot live without my green tea; and dark chocolate, whilst attempting to reduce its influence on my life, still holds its own on my Five Essential Foods list. Enjoy!
Having a theme for the year has served me well over the past few years. Your brain is dealing with many, many bits of information and data entering your senses at any one time, and you only have capacity to pay conscious attention to a relatively small amount. The RAS (Reticular Activating System) is a useful little part of your brain that decides what data – from outside and inside your body – your brain will pay attention to. The issue to consider is whether the choices your RAS are making are useful for you! In the absence of any direction from you, the choices and decisions your RAS makes will be…
- random, or
- based on your past instructions or interests or random thoughts, OR
- in line with a more primitive decision-making set of instructions designed to ensure your survival.
- I started to come across (and pay attention to) more opportunities to raise or contribute to my business and professional profile.
- I was proactive in making decisions that supported that particular outcome over other potential outcomes.
- I was more likely to act on such opportunities than I would have been in the past.