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Choosing What to Overlook

If you Google it, you’ll see that the average human makes about 35,000 choices every day.

Some decisions we make are intentional with careful thought, many are driven by instinct, and some are reactionary, unpredictable and unplanned.

When you think about it, a significant portion of our decisions revolve around what we choose to pay attention to, versus what we choose to overlook.

For example, let’s say someone knocks an avocado off the shelf in the grocery store and it rolls away. Do you do anything about it? What if that light turns yellow, do you have enough time to stop or do you gun it? And what about the dynamic activity in our minds — that space that never stops analyzing, creating, dwelling, celebrating, stirring, solving and wrestling?

Our minds need discipline just like our bodies. If we’re going to live out any measure of mental sanity, we need to decide what we will choose to overlook, and what we will not overlook.

A few suggestions…

Things we should overlook:

  • Most of what irritates us
  • Our entitlement
  • Rumors
  • Our bad attitude
  • Our own judgment of others
  • An offense
  • The temptation to compare ourselves
  • Sudden stock market changes
  • Speculation
  • Gossip
  • Political campaigns

And what we should never overlook:

  • Other people

It’s pretty simple, but difficult to practice.

Dave Goldfain

Cereal Founder & CMO

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