Part 2 | Strengths and Boredom

strengths-photo-10December 21, 2016

What we see depends largely on what we look for—if we expect to see something we are more likely to find it.  Seems simple enough, right?

But, what we see also depends on which tools we are using to do our looking.  Take, for example, stargazing.  If we lay out a blanket and stare up at the night sky with our naked eyes, yes, we will see some cool stuff.  But, what happens when we pull out the telescope and observe that same vast space?

We see the depth of the craters on the moon.  We see in stark clarity the contours of other planets.  We see the details of the stars and the stars beyond the stars.

In brief, we see more, literally.

With the right looking-glass our reality takes on new layers.  We find dimensions that were there all along, which were invisible to us before.  And, nothing exchanged except for how we were looking.

Boredom is like that, too; we pretend that there is only one way to “see” ourselves and the world around us, which gets old fast.  We sometimes forget to look any deeper.

So, the trick to overcoming boredom is to give ourselves better tools for viewing our lives.  This could be something as simple as an affirmation—like, “I meet interesting people everywhere I go” or “The world is full of intriguing things to look at”.  When we do this, we plant a seed in our mind to be on the lookout for interesting and intriguing people, places and things in our lives.

Another tool that we can develop to stave off boredom is curiosity.  When we allow ourselves to be curious about our world and the lives of others, we open ourselves up to new ways of thinking and being.  One way to produce this is to carry a little notebook around and jot down ideas and questions as they come up throughout the day.  That way, when we have to sit in a waiting room, or when our coffee date is running late, we can do a little googling and learn something.

A notebook in our pocket also serves as a physical reminder of our commitment to take a greater interest in the world around us.  It’s also a great conversation starter.

So, questions we can ask to start this process might sound like this: What am I curious about?  What do I look for from life?  Where is my attention naturally drawn?  Am using a microscope when what I really need is a telescope?

Be your greatness. Start. Do. Go.


Zach Carlsen is the grateful lead blogger at

His strengths of Ideation, Connectedness, Input, Strategic, and Empathy have taken him all over the world.  He is an inventor, athlete, joyous wanderer/wonderer, translator, poet, and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach.

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