7. look for the lost gold
Steve Chandler,author of reinventing yourself wrote in one of his book,when he is happy, he see the happiness in others. When he is compassionate, he see the compassion in other people. When he is full of energy and hope, he see the opportunities all around him. But when he is angry, he see other people as unnecessarily testy. When he is depressed, he notice that people’s eyes look sad. When he is weary, he see the world as boring and unattractive. Who I am is what I see!
If he drive into Phoenix and complain, “What a crowded, smog-ridden mess this place is!” he is really expressing what a crowded, smog-ridden mess he is at that moment. If he had been feeling motivated that day, and full of hope and happiness, he could just as easily have said, while driving into Phoenix, “Wow, what a thriving, energetic metropolis this is!” Again, he would have been describing his inner landscape, not Phoenix’s.
Our self-motivation suffers most from how we choose to see the circumstances in our lives. That’s because we don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.
In every circumstances, we can look for the gold or look for the filth. And what we look for, we find. The best starting point for self-motivation is in what we choose to look for in what we see around us. Do we see the opportunity everywhere? “When I open my eyes in the morning,” said Colin Wilson, “I am not confronted by the world, but by a million possible worlds.”
It is always our choice. Which world do we want to see today? Opportunity is life’s gold. It’s all you need to be happy. It’s the fertile field in which you grow as a person. And opportunities are like those subatomic quantum particles that come into existence only when they are seen by an observer. Your opportunities will multiply when you choose to see them.