We Get Our Results From Where We Place Our Attention

In this digital and media age of so much ‘connectivity’, many of us are beginning to feel more disconnected than ever. We have at our fingertips a flood of information, vetted and unvetted, that can entertain, teach, provide a speaking platform and facilitate commerce…..endless options, so long as we pay our user fees….and we do that online, as well

Is connectivity gaining us the results we seek? If we’re looking for that perfect pair of jeans with just the right fit, we likely will find them online, with the thumbs up or down of previous seekers and buyers to escort our decisions. If we’re looking for that perfect body, there are potions, machines and YouTube classes that promise us result.

At a recent Brilliant Minds forum in Sweden, I learned from a speaker that some men in the UK would enjoy dating a digitally designed doll….maybe even prefer it…over the fear of meeting, engaging with and getting to know human persons.

What are you looking for? Likely, if it can be bought, sold or taught, you may find an online result. Here’s the thing: If you, after all the potions, YouTube classes and perfectly cut jeans, are still seeking the very thing you looked for from birth – human relationship – then you’re going to have to know where to next place your attention: on human beings.

Digitally connected can’t just meant fingertip to keypad; it must also mean some hand to hand outreach. Some smiles and smells that don’t just ‘friend’ you or ‘like you’, while never having met you, with the tap of an icon. It must mean being close enough to smell the excitement or feel the fear – even touch the tear of sadness or laughter – of the person who matters.

Text me when you have a moment. Touch me when you want a friend. The results are always found from where you place your attention.

Janice Bryant Howroyd

Businesswoman, entrepreneur, educator, ambassador, author, mentor and Presidential Special Appointee, Janice Bryant Howroyd is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Act •1 Group, a global leader providing customized cutting edge solutions in the human resources industry.

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