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Decades of psychological research has demonstrated that we construct our worldview based on what we pay attention to, not what is. Want to see for yourself? Try the simple experiment I share in this podcast and you’ll see we have far more control over our emotions than we often think. In fact, we can “turn on” positivity almost on command by simply controlling our attention.

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Well, hello there. I am Mike Matthews and welcome to Muscle for Life. Thank you for joining me today for a mini episode. I figured I would do these little short episodes every couple of weeks because otherwise the episodes can be a bit long. Interviews can be 45 to 60 minutes monologues, 20 to 40 minutes.

And I don’t know about you, but I appreciate when some podcasts do this when they share little, short three, five, maybe seven minute episodes in addition to the longer form stuff. And today’s episode is about. Focus about where you put your attention. Now, decades of psychological research has demonstrated that we construct our worldview based on what we pay attention to, not necessarily what is who we are, what we think, what we feel, what we do, what we love, what we hate is more the sum of what we focus on.

Than what is, and if you wanna see this for yourself, you can do a little exercise with me for the next several minutes. What I want you to do is look around in your environment and ask yourself a few questions and pay attention to how these questions and how this process of asking yourself these questions impacts your mood.

So look around and ask yourself what is. About this environment specifically, what’s something I am okay with? What is something I enjoy? What is something I admire? What is something I can celebrate? Do this a little bit. And it probably won’t take long before your heart begins to warm. Now, bask in the good vibes you’ve created for a minute.

Maybe continue if you want, and then I want to turn that switch off. And we’re gonna do that by doing the opposite. So this time I want you to look around in your environment and find things that are wrong. With it, things that bother you, things that should be improved, and if you want to spoil your mood even faster, consider who is probably to blame for all of it.

And if you don’t know who or what to blame, just find something that might make sense. Some even tenuous connection. Maybe it could be this person’s fault or this thing’s fault. Maybe it’s your fault. Maybe you can blame yourself. So go ahead and do that right now. Do that for a few minutes and notice how quickly the glow fades.

Now what’s interesting is objectively speaking, nothing has changed between these two exercises. You are still occupying the same space. You are still surveying the same environment. That environment still contains the same things, the things that are both wonderful and woeful. But how you feel. About those things.

How you feel about those different realities is determined by your frame of mind. If you choose to see the good, you feel good. If you choose to see the bad, you feel bad. And so my point here is we have far more control over our emotions than we often think we do. And we can turn on positivity, almost on command just by controlling our attention.

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