I’ve spent the better part of the last ten years – literally – telling myself I have a focus problem.
I’ve used different words and phrases to tell myself my own pain story. It goes something like this …
“I can’t focus. I can’t concentrate. I can’t finish anything.”
Equal sign = I’m a failure. I became the girl (woman, now) who can’t focus.
But the ironic thing? I’ve managed to focus quite nicely on that negative identity for myself … and eventually I manifested it with utter perfection.
So … I CAN FOCUS. I have focused. I just produced something I didn’t want.
But the practical point is:
If I can do it with negative things, I can do it with positive things.
And if I can do it once, I can do it again.
Negative things are just easier to produce because we already believe them … we have proof from the past. When I tell myself I can’t focus, I’ve got a whole slew of memories that show me I’m right.
So to focus and produce something I do want – something positive that helps people – there are four conditions I’ve learned to adhere to.
Focus on something you really want. Truly, madly, deeply.
Don’t take a bunch of things you’re sort of jazzed about and try to focus. Take the most important things (1 or 2).
Focus on something deep down you believe is possible.
Because in the realm of manifestation, believing really is seeing.
Establish dedicated, recurring time to focus on your project – and show up.
Whatever work you have to do doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It gets done within the time/space dimension of your life.
And like the Room of Requirement in Harry Potter? Anything not ‘required’ for the task … just doesn’t get in.
Eliminate. Everything. Else.
For me, this has been the biggest game-changer to move from wishing to doing.
There’s a difference between setting aside time that’s free of distractions … and removing the distractions entirely.
This limitation of attention isn’t a massive crowd-pleaser, but neither is never achieving your goals.
When you’re ready to make something happen – something, as in one thing – take every other sweet and precious possibility off the table. At least for now. Your inner CEO will thank you.
After a decade of frustration, negative story-telling, and mighty self-sabotage, I finally came to the conclusion I didn’t have a focus problem.
I had a management problem.
Which is really good news. Because it’s easier to tweak a pre-existing process – and one that’s already in motion – than to try to force my brain to do better at something it’s actually doing pretty well.
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How have I noticed my focus slipping?
Does it happen more at work or at home?
Is there a correlation between my stress or sleep levels and my ability to focus?
What could I start taking off my plate that would free up some resources?