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Focus on the Solution

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One of the hardest things to do, but the most effective is to change our focus from our problem to our solution. This is easier said than done but it is critical for change to happen in our lives. In our subconscious minds, there is a self-defeating mechanism that is activated when we continuously focus on the negatives.

We must change what we look at to change how the subconscious works for us. The brain interprets our signals similar to this. If our house is messy, and we constantly focus on the messy house, the subconsicous believes that you want more mess. After all, we're giving attention to it, and reinforcing that attention with strong emotions. These are both motivators for our subconscious mind.

With just a little change in focus, the messy house can be changed. If we look instead at a vacuum cleaner, a mop, and some cleaners; our desire then changes to cleaning. Our subconscious mind, then believes that we want to use these tools. In the same way, if we focus on a part that is clean, we develop a desire for more of the same. The clean spot will than be expanded (through our actions).

Let's look at an example of Peter's change in mindset from the problem (no fish), to the solution (Jesus' promise of provision) in Luke 5:

1One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,[a]with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, 2he saw at the water's edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down[b] the nets for a catch."

5Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets."

6When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

8When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!" 9For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid; from now on you will catch men." 11So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
Changing to a solution mindset will change our behaviors, which will change our results. The key is our focus. Try forcing yourself to focus on the solutions this week, and see what a difference this will make in your results.
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