If you noticed . . . This means you were paying attention.
In our world of innumerable distractions, noticing is a waning attribute.
The Pareto Principle applies . . . Take a look at any given gaggle of humans, and you’ll notice that 80% of them will have their heads cocked at a 45 degree angle as they focus intently on their smart-phones. 10% will be otherwise engaged (Conversations with other people or reading books/newspapers) and the remaining 10% (perhaps a generous allocation) will be paying attention to their surroundings – Noticing what’s happening.
We love to be noticed and might find ourselves craving the same attention most folks pay to their electronic devices.
How long does it take before someone notices your haircut?
There are reasons to hone your noticing skills:
Safety – Noticers see danger lurking sooner and can respond rather than being taken by surprise.
Relationships – People just like you more when you notice them
Learn something new every day – Noticers see things they might not understand and subsequently ask questions and LEARN.
The best marketers and salespeople are those folks who notice their customers’ needs, wants, and actions and serve accordingly . . . knowing when and how much attention to give.
The best REALTORS spend a lot of time “out there” in their market noticing everything there is to notice . . . new developments, community events, a home owner suddenly sprucing up their house, abnormal “activity” and/or strangers lurking . . .
So . . . Gaze less at your smartphone and Notice more and the happier and more prosperous you’ll be.