It’s 5am in the morning and my wife and I staring at the ceiling, reflecting on all of life’s $h!#storms that only sleep deprivation can create.
My 2-year-old daughter has once again woken at some ungodly hour, settled into “the big bed”, and has made the remainder of the night’s slumber a disaster for everyone she’s had the pleasure of sharing the space with.
No wonder my wife is seething.
As my daughter comes to, she opens her eyes, realises where she is, and curls up to mummy with a big hug.
And then the funniest thing happens.
While my wife and I are stewing over our lack of sleep, my daughter quietly starts reciting all of the things she LOVES!
She loves Dolly…
She loves her friend at day care…
She loves.. well, you get the picture.
My wife and I glance at each other with a look of wonder on our faces, realising how different our headspace has been that morning.
Now my point is not how crazy cute my daughter is, but how different our outlook on life can be.
For kids, each day is an adventure, a discovery, or just laugh out loud amazing.
I’m sure we’d all love to live in a similar way, but my guess is that as we grow older, most of us start shifting our focus.
Our thoughts often go to what we don’t have, what we haven’t achieved, or how things aren’t working the way we would like.
But how different would our days, weeks and years look if we started searching for what we DO want, rather than what we don’t want.
How much would our life change if we focused on the areas that were doing well – that we wanted to be part of – rather than looking for areas that need to be avoided?
My guess is that my daughter will become a great investor one day, and it won’t be because she’s focused on those areas that are underperforming, but where the greatest opportunities can be found.