Posted on February 1st, 2011
“Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.” ~ Greg Anderson
The very thing we focus on expands in our awareness, transforming our world view. Have you ever noticed how a few negative thoughts can lead to a dark, stormy day? Or how an inner sense of certainty can help you rise above obstacles?
If we have a strong focus, one that is anchored in the present moment and aligned with reality, we tap into a powerful source of energy. If we have a weak focus, one that ignores the here and now, and flits from one thing to the next, we drain our energy and feel scattered and confused.
We can choose where we place our focus. We can lose ourselves in mindless thoughts, let fears and worries dominate, notice every detail that’s out of place. Or we can bring our attention into ourselves, into our current activity, and into the beauty that surrounds us.
When we center into our inner being, we become bigger than our thoughts, and we know we are more powerful than any circumstance in our life. From this place we tune into our higher purpose and use our focus to take us where we want to go. Our focus becomes like a laser beam, supporting us to accomplish an important task, process a charged emotion, or enjoy a delicious moment of silence and stillness.
Insights on Your Focus
♦ Are you able to focus on what’s most important to you, or do you get lost in busyness, drama, thoughts about the past and future? Can you be focused in the here and now, present with your emotions and current reality, or do you use over activity to cover-up your inner experience?
♦ Who or what is in charge of your focus? Do you give your power away to external circumstances, people and problems? Or do you have an internal compass that directs your attention to your highest purpose and values?
♦ What supports you to stay focused on what’s important? What causes your focus to become scattered, distracted or overwhelmed?
Inspiration on Staying Focused
♦ Take charge of your focus. Become aware of what hijacks your focus and simply name it and move on. If thoughts careen in as though they own the place, say “dominating thoughts,” and go back to what you were focused on. If pesky problems pull at your consciousness, say “situations being resolved,” and move on to something productive. If tasks jump the queue on your to-do list, say “interruptions” and return to the higher priority. Own your power to rise above distractions.
♦ Choose your purpose. Decide on a purpose for the day, week, or month and commit to it. It may be something intangible such as staying in a state of gratitude, or more concrete such as accomplishing a project. Don’t allow your thoughts to carry you down a stream of doubt and negativity. And don’t let another purpose, as wonderful as it may seem at the time, lure you away from your current one. Write any brilliant ideas on a ‘future to-do’ list and re-focus on your higher purpose.
♦ Practice being in the present moment. When you align your body, mind and soul into the present moment you strengthen your focusing power. Bring your awareness into the present moment with every activity and encounter. Enhance your ability to stay focused by spending at least 5 - 10 minutes each day in inner silence. This could be through meditation, or by simply noticing what’s going on within and around you, without thinking about it.
What are you focusing on this week? Please share below - I’d love to hear from you!