I enjoy taking photographs. There is something peaceful yet exciting about seeing an imagine in your mind -- then capturing it forever. One of the most interesting things is that, usually, upon examining the picture you find more than you even saw when it first came into focus through your lens, and something you never intended becomes the focal point. You know you’ve seen examples of these -- someone unintentionally photo-bombing a posed scene; an interesting shadow in the background; or a misaligned hand that seemingly comes out of nowhere.
The fact is, we see the world through our own lenses as well. But rarely do we see more than our mind will allow us -- our brain has fixed our lenses only to pick up the familiar and the comfortable; in other words, we see things as black or white. Take the upcoming election, for example, we see the faults of those we disagree with and are unable to in those with whom we tend to agree. Our brain doesn’t like to move us into the gray scale area of determining whether some negative things we hear about the candidate we support might be true or conversely false about those we don’t.
The same rules apply when it comes to our money. Our brains are hotwired when it comes to money beliefs and behaviors. Some people are more comfortable savings while others cannot hold onto a nickel. Moving outside of our comfort zone takes a great deal of work and determination. For someone who is a saver, spending money is difficult. They must be shown that they will not be endangering their security by making a purchase. Conversely, those who have difficulty saving can come up with a thousand reasons why they need to make that purchase today. Our fixed focal lens can either become our support for beneficial habits or become an untrustworthy ally in poor and dangerous habits.