“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” –George Lucas
I always hear the term focus in life. Focus on yourself, focus on the good things, focus on your goals! Staying focused seems to be the key to being successful in your personal and professional life. This is something I have struggled with for many years.
So, how do we focus? What are the best practices and tools we can use to keep focus? Mainly our brain. The brain is a powerful tool, most of us fail to realize we have control of how our brain functions. Think about where your mind wanders, you might be hungry and thinking about making food, so your brain registers this and it might tell your body to get up and you will start to make food for yourself. Your thoughts dictate your action. As far long ago as I can remember, I believed my constant thinking and being stuck in my own head were holding me back. What I failed to understand is that I was doing it to myself and holding myself back. We make conscious decisions every day, including where we let our minds wander. Simply put, we can control our brain and our focus.
I can say a special book or class can tell you how to control your focus, but success is more in how you choose to think and what you do about those thoughts. Keeping focus requires us to observe our thoughts and decide why we think the things we do, and to decide if those thoughts help or hurt our goals. Thoughts that ultimately hurt or hinder our progress are not to be ignored, but dealt with and understood in order to move forward. Ignoring repetitive thoughts can consume space in your brain and interrupt your focus.
Face your thoughts and write them down if needed, confront whoever can be causing these thoughts. Maybe you had a fight with a loved one and continue thinking about what happened, those thoughts will keep rearing its ugly head, stealing your focus yet again. These thoughts and feelings will not go away until confronted and either resolved or at least understood, in order to release them from your brain storage, leaving more room for important thoughts geared toward completing goals in your life. Declutter your mind and focus will come.