I was reading an interesting piece yesterday about how the US Treasury Department trains people to identify counterfeit bills. You’d think they would carefully study the various forms of fakes, but instead they focus on the authentic currency and become experts on that instead.
It makes sense doesn’t it? You become so familiar with what’s authentic and desired that any variation or deviation immediately stands out.
….time for immediate real life application! 👍
For starters, you have to know exactly what you want. Whether you are looking for an apartment, working towards a better body, searching for a soul mate, a new job or a happier self..you have to really study and become an expert on what’s important to you. You need to create a crisp and clear image of your goal or what your authentic “gold standard” looks like.
When my daughter was searching for a new place to live, she had a spreadsheet listing her “must-haves” and her negotiables. This very specific list was an invaluable guide as we rushed around looking at various properties to rent. Her ability to measure each option against her preferences kept us hyper-focused and on track. She didn’t bother looking at properties that did not feature her “must haves” and she found an apartment in a brand new, unfamiliar city, in one morning.
It seems so simple, but you have to become an expert on what you want and you cannot be afraid of the fact that the more honest you are about your requirements, the shorter your list of options will be.
If your goal is to get in shape, you can’t spend every morning examining what you hate about your body in the mirror. Instead, create a specific image (list) of the improvements you are after and focus on that. If you are looking for a partner, don’t spend weeks dissecting failed relationships or hours texting guys you know don’t meet you expectations, focus intently on the type of person you think would be a great match- be specific and use that as your guide.
I can personally attest to the many hours I’ve wasted because I didn’t have a clear idea of what I was really after. Conversely, when I “name it and claim it” I usually am successful in my pursuit.
Redirecting our focus and energy from the problem to the shape of the solution, from the fake to what’s real, from what’s broken to what works, from what bothers us to what we desire…becoming an expert at identifying what we want....This is a strategy for success that’s worth examining..one that’s curiously brought to you by the US Treasury Department..
Go figure. 😉