Dewitt Jones is one of America’s top professional photographers, including twenty years with National Geographic. In his engaging video “Celebrate What’s Right with the World,” Jones encourages viewers to focus on what’s working instead of what’s wrong.
The world seems full of problems not possibilities. Our sense of wonder has been diminished by relentless negative news stories and social media banter. Many of these messages are fueled by hate and delivered as though the recipient won’t feel the pain or suffer any consequences.
Leaders willing to focus on beauty, abundance, and possibility are in short supply, but sorely needed. The path from negativity to positivity is a choice any of us can make. Every encounter with another person or with nature is an opportunity to focus differently.
Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) invests millions of dollars in micro-loans to thousands of poor business entrepreneurs in some of the most difficult economic and political climates around the world. They believe these people are trustworthy and will repay their obligations with a fair interest rate. Instead of focusing on risk they see the reward. Their success illustrates how a change in focus can have a significant impact.
When I help clients focus on what is working, they are often energized to tackle some of their toughest challenges. They can now leverage their strengths to overcome the difficulties.
If you are a leader, it’s time to celebrate what is right with your world. It’s time to expect the best from yourself and others.
When you adjust your focus, a new vision of hope and possibility will appear right before your eyes. No camera lens required.