If you have children, then you will probably be familiar with what happens if they spot a yellow car. They punch each other, stating that they have seen a yellow car. Makes perfect sense! The opportunity to slug your mate before they get you is understandable, particularly for some children. You may be less familiar with the Red Car Theory. It has recently become more well known due to Elena Asher, a self- made millionaire, influencer, who has shared it on social media platforms such as TikTok. The Red Car Theory is a metaphorical concept that encourages people to be more aware of the opportunities that surround them in their daily lives. The theory suggests that people often overlook these opportunities because they are not actively looking for them. The theory is named after the idea that if you were asked to count the number of red cars you see on your way to work, you would be more likely to notice them than if you were not given that task. The theory has been applied to various aspects of life, including career, personal growth, relationships, and creativity. Taking it a stage further, if you were rewarded for counting each red car, let’s say £50, your efforts would increase. If you were further encouraged by receiving £100 for obtaining the make and model of each red car, it is very likely that you would go out of your way to seek out red cars. We can recognise the power of incentives. Continuing with the metaphor, we are now aware of red, and perhaps, yellow cars, rather than just letting them pass us by. They require attention and a response. I believe that when we ask the right questions of ourselves, we are giving rise to the opportunity to look within and to discover the capabilities and desires that lead to the decisions that shape our lives. For young people, the question is often ‘what do you want to be in the future?’ A former work colleague of mine would often state ‘you have to be something, so choose to be kind.’ Becoming conscious of the choices we have is very empowering. In a recent church talk, I encouraged the congregation to ask similar questions: How do you respond to absolute truth? And what do you want to be? Perhaps there are areas of life we have given up on, things that we wanted to be or do that we have lost sight of. Perhaps there are good reasons, or, perhaps, we have allowed negative thoughts, fears, and false views to encroach and cloud our vision. In my work, I am privileged to get to talk to many people. I am amazed by the resilience and the goodness that resides in the human heart. Equally, I am saddened by the ease at which we lose sight of all that is good and the depth of potential that is subdued and wasted. I believe if we can apply the Red Car Theory to our own lives, by consciously choosing to recognise the things that block us, fear, anxiety, guilt etc, and consider acting upon it, then we give ourselves a chance for positive change. I also believe we were designed to help each other in this process. We need people we can talk to, people we trust, who see things from the outside and care enough to encourage us. If you want someone to talk to, then use the contact us link on the home page.