Many great things have been accomplished because of one thing…Focus.
When we are able to focus our minds on one thing and provide energy to a task we are rewarded by the results. Grow your focus, accomplish anything!
Focus is an easy enough concept but the practice of this simple word is extremely difficult. This word requires action and learning how to tame distractions. Like any muscle in the body the brain also requires exercise to stay strong and function properly. Focusing is like lifting weights. In the beginning it is best to start with low weight and slowly work your way up to increasing the amount on the bar. Focusing is skill that can be developed and honed to help you succeed in pretty much whatever you decided to do. However starting small is key in having small successes that will build confidence enough keep going instead of being completely overwhelmed and disappointed.
Life happens in the small moments we do everyday. Our habits shape our future. What do your habits look like? Take a moment and evaluate a typical day and what positive and negative habits show up. Eliminate the bad and enlist more of the good by emigrating from your old mind set to the new. Then you will be emancipated or set free from the chains holding you back.
Again all that sounds good in theory but if you are like me you want some practical ways to make this happen. So here are a few steps in growing your focus that you can start doing right now.
1. Write It Down
It is simple and easy and takes the thought from just a thought to an action. It is has been proven in many studies that we are much more likely to remember, complete, work on, finish, etc… our goals if we WRITE THEM DOWN. So find a pen, pencil or crayon in my case and jot those list down. When ideas are taken and put down on paper it gives more validity to them and also helps us focus.
2. Tame Distractions
As a mother of two toddlers I am well aware of distractions, my life is full of them and make focusing at times an even more difficult task than it already is. However distractions will always exist and our goal is not to eliminate them but to tame them enough to accomplish the goal. ( I started writing this blog two months ago, distractions, we are in the process of selling our house and moving so give yourself some grace on those big temporary distractions. At least that is what I am doing. )
3. Make or Set Reminders
In our world of technology this has been made so easy for us. Before smartphones I would have to leave post-it-notes everywhere or write on my bathroom mirror. Now it is so easy to press one button and tell Siri to remind me of any task I need to complete. Reminders are huge in helping us maintain and grow our focus over a long period of time. Humans are forgetful and simple reminders can provide much-needed support in this area.
What areas of your life are you wanting to improve? What are some things you would like to focus on? Ask yourself these simple questions, write down the answer, minimize distractions, and set reminders of your goals and task you would like to accomplish. Start small but your results will be big!