Are you in the GAP or the GAIN?

By Jernavis Draughn

What we focus on expands. Our ability to focus, is the key to creating lasting success in every area of our life. Where our focus goes energy flows. Today, we are in a battle on where we should direct our focus and time. Greg Mckeown believes, “If you focus on what you lack, you lose what you have. If you focus on what you have, you gain what you lack.” Practicing daily gratitude is a great way to give thanks, be grateful and appreciate where you are and what you currently have. It helps you live in the present and value the small things in life.

In the book, “The Gap and the Gain, by Don Sullivan, he explains being in the gain means you measure yourself backward against where you were before.” The goal is to convert your life experiences into learning, where you accept that life is happening for you not to you. They say happiness is where you start, not where you finish. The gain is based on being in harmony with what you want, and knowing that you don’t need it. Sullivan, provides a great question in the book to help discover your definition of what success looks like for you. “I know I’m successful when?” Take some time to ponder and write down three to five answers to this question. It will help you define and discover what success means to you.

Here’s a few more questions Sullivan provides to help us see our recent gains:

  1. Where am I right now?
  2. What are my wins from the past ninety days?
  3. What are my desired wins for the next ninety days?
  4. Where will I be in twelve months?
  5. Where will I be in three years?

Look for the positive gains daily and appreciate every life lesson that you survive. Every win matters. I’ve learned over the years to appreciate the smalls wins. Big things come from small beginnings. Lessons are repeated until they are learned. Remember every experience serves YOU.

Quote of the Day: “How you see anything is how you see everything.”- Gail Van Kleeck

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