Creativity Pathway #129: Time to Change the Channel?

When I was 5 months pregnant, I noticed every other pregnant woman within a one mile radius; I could pick a pregnant woman out of a crowd of 200. My radar was finely tuned to notice anyone in the same biological state as my own. 

Several years ago, when I was thinking about buying a new car and had decided on just the perfect one, I suddenly noticed every car on the road of that same make and model. They had been there all along, I’m sure, but I had never noticed them before.

Recently, I attended a study group with the intention of finding the answer to a question that had been with me for the past two days. Sure enough, the topic of the study was exactly what I had been looking for.

If I asked you to look around your room and find five blue objects, it is likely that you could do it easily. And, my guess is that you would notice the blue in objects that you had not seen until now.

The fact that our attention is selective, and that we are uniquely tuned to find whatever it is that we are looking for, can be both a blessing and a curse. Staying on one “channel” enables a laser focus. Like the pregnant woman in the room, things become more obvious. When we “tune” our minds to receiving certain information, it seems to begin coming at us from everywhere. 

But staying on one “channel” can also limit our ability to stretch the mind and embrace the gift of seeing a different perspective. For example, when I am focused on negativity • anger, disappointment, worry • I continue to tune into more instances of anger, disappointment and worry. When we choose only to gather information with our senses (rather than exploring our hunches), or only to make decisions based on logic (rather than weighing our emotions), we eliminate the possibility for the best conclusions. If we only seek the “right” answer, we are closed to the reality that there are many, many answers.

Coaching Challenge and Inquiries: Know what channel you have tuned into. Are you missing out on an insight, thing of beauty, or inspiration that is right before you? On what have you consciously, or unconsciously, chosen to focus? If you determined to find a completely different perspective, how might it enrich your thinking?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Erika Jackson (
LifeTrek Coaching International
Columbus, OH  •   U.S.A.

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