As human beings, we have learned to home in on our built-in bias to see what’s not working, what needs to be fixed, and what doesn’t quite measure up.
Now, from a business standpoint, it isn’t always a bad thing to see the negative. This helps us from falling into pits by looking for potholes. But, have you ever noticed how this mentality bleeds into our everyday lives?
Looking out into the world, oftentimes we see the garbage in the streets and tattered buildings in the window.
When we look in the mirror, we see dark circles under our eyes and pores we wish weren’t there. We see the freckles and miss the dimple, or hate the dimple and miss the smile.
Our eyes have been trained to focus purely on what’s wrong.
How about instead of focusing on what’s wrong, we start looking for the good? This doesn’t mean we’ll lose all perspective at work or in our careers or as parents, but it also doesn’t mean we’re beholden to purely seeing the bad in life, either.