(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)


To see is a function of physics – eyes, optic nerves, and signal processing. “That’s a boat. There’s a person. Those are puffy white clouds.” Seeing is an action.

To observe transcends seeing by the addition of awareness. To be more aware takes a willingness to observe, not just see, your surroundings. Observing is an intention.

Many are held back from observing because they cannot emotionally ‘afford’ it, thus they miss much of life’s richness. Observing requires owning what you see. Being present to what is really so, not just what you wish were so. That takes courage.

You have that courage. You have the ability to observe and yet not take it personally. Yes, you do.

A great tool to assist you in observing is to feel the uplifting energy which happens when you awaken to some new, for you, truth. To see behind the curtain. To enjoy a level of experiencing life which most people do not.


Coaching Point: Highly successful people have honed their ability to observe. It’s one of their ‘secret’ tools. How is your observing skill?


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