We pay attention.
And, depending on what we choose to pay attention to, we can either realize compound returns or spend down our principal each day with not much to show for it.
You know the feeling: arriving at the end of a day feeling harried and tired, knowing you were busy from morning till night but not sure what actually got done.
The alternative is to become ever more mindful of where and how we spend our attention, and to learn to spend it with intention.
Try priming your attention with an intention for a week or a month. Pick something that matters to you, and simply reflect on it for a moment at the beginning and end of each day. You’ll be amazed at the possibilities that seem to open as if from nowhere — simply because your subconscious will be looking where you never thought to look before.