This is the second article in a two part series. To read the first click here: 4 Reasons Why Taking in the Good is so Important: Part One.

3. The more you pay attention to what’s good, the more you notice what’s good.

When my career coaching client, Matt, first came to me, he felt bored and isolated at work. He wasn’t fully using his skills, and he lacked confidence in his ability to contribute to his organization. In his first coaching session, he realized that he’d been complaining about his colleagues rather than getting curious about what was within his power to change. So, he created the commitment statement: I choose to move forward with positivity, even when it’s hard.

Here’s what happened next in his words:

I started thinking outside of my little, isolated box and opened up an awareness of possibility. I started thinking bigger about what I really wanted to do.

In response to my internal shifts, opportunities started showing up.

The internal shift helped me to shift my role at work. Before, I was caught in the weeds doing mostly technical work. Now, I have a new position as the point person for a strategic program to ensure that our online services are accessible to all users. It’s fascinating work, and I’m loving it.

When you repeatedly focus attention on what works—what nourishes you, brings you delight, and moves you closer to your calling—it becomes easier to enjoy your life, understand what you want and how to make it a reality, and detect opportunities you may have otherwise overlooked.

4. Focusing on the good makes confirmation bias work for you.

Confirmation bias is our human tendency to find, interpret, and remember information in a way that confirms our preexisting beliefs. Confirmation bias can work for us or against us.

If you believe you’ll do poorly, you’re more likely to focus on your mistakes, tell yourself that you failed, and take fewer risks. If you believe you’ll do well, you’re more likely to see challenges as learning opportunities and celebrate your successes.

When we take in self-appreciation—paying attention to what we appreciate about ourselves—it becomes easier to believe we’re capable of doing well, persist in the face of setbacks, and live our callings fully.

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