Friday, August 12, 2011

Advantageous Knowledge

Ever been in a situation where you knew you had the advantage in a given situation but didn't take it? Many people experience this all the time, whether it's a relationship opportunity, a promotion, or even just being in a spot at the right time but not pushing forward. Our everyday lives are surrounded by these moments all of the time. It is being able to recognize where these advantages are and when to utilize them.

Advantages are around no matter what situation you are in. The key is to focus diligently on what you're doing, and the advantages will show themselves. This helps illustrate the post from Attentive Focus to a realistic situation. Knowing what an advantage is, is basically thought of as a moment in which there is something to be gained beneficially. With this in mind, think of all the moments that you may have have missed or taken and realize it was an advantage at one time.

There are an infinite amount of examples to be displayed about this, but a couple wouldn't hurt to show the effectiveness of it. One example would be a competitive atmosphere in which two men are fighting in a kickboxing match. If fighter A is fully focused but fighter B is half distracted, fighter A will find more advantages than fighter B will. Let's say fighter A doesn't block a kick properly, and fighter B drops his hands when kicking. Fighter A will notice the advantage of the hands dropping while fighter B may not notice the hole of fighter A not blocking the kick properly.


Let's look at another more civil example. Walking down the street can be one. The average person may not realize the advantages he/she has, but there are too many to name. The disadvantages are easy, but the advantages can be some of these: saving money on gas, enjoying the outside air, getting exercise from walking, not having to deal with traffic, don't have to park.

As you can see, this also goes hand-in-hand with the Attitude Perspective post as well. I try to correlate all of my posts together so they work in unison with each other, and this is another example of this. Always take each beneficial information you receive and use it as an advantage for any given situation. It is definitely difficult at first, but in practice can become outstanding.

The point of this post was to surround the brain with an idea of advantages, what they are, and how they come to you. The average person commonly misses these advantages, even some that are blatantly right in front of them. Take advantage of the advantage, and be fully aware of the benefits that are to come. Again, I like my posts to unify with each other, and therefore to understand some of the content I post, I advise reading some of my past entries as well. I hope people recognize their advantages more often, they're always around no matter what you're doing!

11 comments:

  1. I always look on the bright side of life!

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  2. There are times when I get somewhat timid and don't follow through on all the things I'd like to do. I'm also very bad at picking up on when someone is flirting with me. Usually have to find out by one of my friends saying something like "What's wrong with you? they were obviously flirting!"

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  3. Agree that most people don't take advantages that are right in front of them, but some times taking the advantage will cause a disadvantage to someone else. A lot of people would rather not take it so they don't feel guilty.

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  4. A lot of times it's also about recognizing that a situation can be advantageous as well. I'm pretty sure lots of people notice various situations but don't realize that it is advantageous to them.

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  5. Totally true. Not that I am good at seeing advantage. You HAVE to be positive to see this. Becoming positive if you are not disposed to it, can be difficult. I am working on it. :)

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  6. I try to take advantage of every good opportunity. However, I do try to avoid the ones that make me an asshole. :P

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  7. @JDC and Fizzums: Yeah, those are points that somehow flew by my head and are right in my notepad of writing about. I'll address these in a future post. Sorry for the confusion.

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