Live Your Champagne Life
Updated: Nov 10
And the Power of Selective Attention
I have a secret to tell you, that should really be something we all scream from the rooftops: the biggest difference between living a basic life versus an exceptional life is MINDSET.
It is that simple. Mindset drives every action and in-action you make. Having the right mindset is everything because it’s the single most important contributor that dictates whether or not you actualize your full potential, and live your best life.
The good news? We have more control over our mindset than we think, and we can actually train our brains to be better about this. How do I know? Well, it’s brain science. Let me explain.
I’m talking about selective attention, or the process the brain uses to help you deal with the complexities of the world, by making you focus on whatever seems most relevant while filtering out the rest. There are many behavioral scientists that talk about this subject, but my favorite is Caroline Webb, who holds many accolades, including: economist, speaker, author, renowned leadership coach, and founder of “How to Have A Good Day” (and she wrote an excellent book with the same title); Caroline shares the following words that sums up this concept best: “Your brain will make sure that you see things that match your intention…sounds a bit woowoo, but the science is deep, it’s the science of selective attention…”
The science around selective or conscious attention explains why the following things actually work,when practiced: ● Positive affirmations and mantras ● Choosing a word for the year ● Setting a daily intention ● Gratitude practice ● Manifesting ● Listening to feel good music ● Reading literature that you enjoy ● Surrounding yourself with positive people ● Being choosy about what you consume (media, messages, social, news, opinions etc…)
And much more. If you’re not doing these things already, it’s time to incorporate them into your life.
As a self proclaimed big nerd when it comes to science and data, I cannot get enough of the science of the mind, and if you too are interested in learning more about this, I highly recommend digging into some of the fantastic resources Caroline and her team behind HowToHaveAGoodDay.com has to offer. It’s life changing.
In closing, I want to commend you for continuing to pursue your exceptional, Champagne Life, despite what life throws your way. It is not for everyone. We are the exception, which means we often find ourselves in exceptional circumstances — both awesome and extremely hard. We keep growing, evolving and doing big things because we believe we can.
Cheers to us.