John Hawkins Jr., M.S., L.M.H.C

What you focus on determines how you feel. The brain engages in what is referred to as selective attention. If we attended to every piece of information coming at us, we would be overwhelmed with the amount of data and stimulus. As a result, the brain then filters what we pay attention to.

What we orient to is determined by our beliefs, assumptions, and most present needs. If you are driving and become hungry, you will start to notice restaurants. However, if your engine light comes on, you probably will not even see them.

Breaking free of survival mode

When you are going through difficult times or are struggling with emotional wounds from your past, your brain is in more of a survival mode and will focus on problems and threats. You then end up in a feedback loop of negative feelings. Furthermore, you miss out on the positive things that are occuring around you.

To begin to see the daily gifts occuring in our life requires an intention to orient to these things. It may be challenging to believe this, but they are there even in the most painful times. Today, start to look for the gifts in your life. They may be hard to see at first, but keep looking. I promise they are there.

Embrace today's gifts

When you start to notice them, your emotional state will begin to shift, which will result in you recognizing even more of them. Don't let your life remain solely focused on survival another day. Reach for others, overcome your fears, and embrace the daily gifts each day brings.


John Hawkins Jr., M.S., L.M.H.C.

John has helped thousands of clients overcome the hidden internal blocks which had kept them from achieving their maximum potential. Furthermore, he has assisted them in gaining clarity of their true life purpose, identifying their gifts and talents, and developing lives of greater meaning and significance. 

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