On Sundays prior to the start of the work week I’m in the habit of seeking a word that I can take with me through the week, apply, learn from and build.
Last week that word was “FOCUS”…I waited for the rest, but nothing else came. OK, what is the message here for me? with little to go on I started with the obvious – my breathing. During this exercise I discovered when I focus on my breathing, mindfulness and being consciously present was the benefit which helped me manage unexpected stressful situations that pops up.
Another day my focus was on my blessings – my home life, my spouse, our dog, where our home is located, nature, friends, mom, sister, clean running water, freedom, food, health, and clients I serve.
One day my focus turned towards giving back – of my time to stop and have conversations with the homeless. I discovered they’re as hungry for human interaction as they’re looking for a hand up. I was equally surprised to find after my conversation, there was no request for any monetary gift.
Another day I focus on expansion – revisiting my personal growth, areas I’ve been neglecting and what I need to change to see better results. I checked in on my internal thermostat, my attitude, mindset, values and my external alignment to how I’m showing up in my relationships and life.
Then as I settled into bed Thursday night I got this…FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS! Aha! the rest of the sentence finally came. After, after I purposely set about to go with that was presented to me and along the way I learned, I grew and was reminded that by focusing on what matters not only brings me the greatest sense of fulfillment and joy, I find there’s more energy available to expand and step into being a better person and doing more of what I want.
You see, what we focus on affects our mood, attitude and behaviour.
Focus on what feeds your soul
Focus on what lights the fire in your belly to reach your goals
Focus on the good in others
Focus on your accomplishments and what you value
Focus on your growth
Focus on your blessings
Question: What are you focusing on and are you happy with the outcome? Are you focusing on what matters to you, or are you more concerned about focusing your life to please other people?
Take away: Check in with yourself (not social media) to see where your focus lies, and it just might be the key to understanding why certain areas of you life may be out of alignment. Maybe it needs a slight shift, could be an overhaul, a quick fix or a massive renovation. However that may look see it as a gift to move you into a healthier mind space. I encourage you to do the work when you discover the need, and you’ll be better for it.
Focus on what matters to YOU and therein you will discover your success, experience fulfillment and tap into joy. Now that’s a much better way to live your life isn’t it?
To BEing your better self