“What Lens Are You Using?”

by Julie on May 21, 2009


Have you ever watched a professional photographer? He carries a bag full of lenses – tele-photo, wide angle, 50mm, 100mm. Those lens choices stay very close to him so he can quickly pick the lens that will help him “see” and “capture” the image he is after.

Believe it or not, we all carry around a bag full of lenses, too. We can’t see them, of course, but every day we choose what “lens” we will look through and it absolutely shapes how we “see” or businesses and our lives.

Here’s the thing – we absolutely find what our lens is filtering for. Don’t like what you are finding? Try changing the lens!

Here are three (and there are way more!) of my favorites:

1) The “Gratitude” Lens. With this lens, your spirit and your heart are filtering for things to be grateful for. Start each day by writing down five things to you appreciate – even if you struggle to come up with them. You will find that you will looking for things to be grateful for so that you have something to write down!

2) The “Life is Beautiful” Lens. This is my son’s favorite lens. Looking through this lens highlights “the little things” in life that are beautiful and worth noticing. Regular use of this lens will slow down the frantic pace of our lives and give glimpses of joy.

3) The “I Am Enough” Lens. I love having this lens in my camera bag! Looking through it reminds me that I, just as I am, warts and all, am enough. I do not have to prove anything to anyone AND I can trust my own instincts to guide me.

Today, make a conscious choice about which lens you want to look through. You have the power to filter for what you want to see. Take up that power and find what you are looking for.

Sarah Robinson is a business and life strategist for entrepreneurs. You will find her at TheMaverickMom.com and all over Twitter.

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1 Mark Sherrick May 22, 2009 at 11:15 am

Great advice that’s never easy to hear…you can never be sure that you’re seeing things the right way if you only look once. Sometimes you need to take a moment to try something different.

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