Future Nostalgia (Controlling Your Focus)
I consider 1979, 1985, & 1992 to be great years in pop music. I will fight you on this.
This is due to my age, the evidence I chose to notice (& later to selectively recall), & the evidence I chose to disregard. Logically and objectively, I know there was some dross then but I will cherry-pick music, movies, memories & evidence from the past to make me feel better. (Note: If you’re going to show your kids ‘Top Gun’ as the epitome of cool, have a support dog handy & be prepared to send them to bed & lose them forever. As a possible counter, check out the #1,2,4,10 songs of 2005 in the pic).
The year of woodstock, the summer of love, & general grooviness might still be on your gran’s turntable but there was some heinous music & news going on that year too. By choice, most of us are very able to control our focus on things past. I reckon we can (& should) do it about the present and the future. Our memories of the past aren’t real, complete, or objective. We made them like we made cinnamon scrolls during lockdown & for the same reasons. One way or another, what deliberate & purposeful constructs for your present & future would help you, your team, & your family add meaning right now? Add a soundtrack…
I’m trialling a self-directed course I’ve developed on personal effectiveness. One of the ten lessons within it is on maintaining a continuous improvement mindset, a critical element of which is controlling our focus and attention. You get all five of my books (in eBook format) when you sign up. If that sounds of interest, you can learn more at www.lifesuccesslearning.com .
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