How many times have you felt like a scatter brain? You start with one task, an email of phone call comes in, maybe someone interrupts what you are doing, and you are off on another tangent. As you get involved in that task you remember you left the coffee pot on, the mail not picked up, or the opportunity to address that all important errand has slipped away. Well, maybe tomorrow.
It’s easy to be distracted.
Your conscious mind is responsible for only 5% of your thoughts through the day. This means your subconscious mind is running the show. So, you are working in a subconscious manner that can easily be sidetracked.
Why, then, do I advocate making conscious choices when 95% of the time your thinking in a sub-conscious way?
It’s all about training yourself on how to focus. If you can shift that 5% ever so slightly, you are doing more than the average person. If you continue to hone that skill, you become above average in your ability to execute on your desires and reach that level of “even more” that you are looking for.
You start your day with a list of three objectives to be met. These are not conference calls unless they are pivotal to your objectives. These are distractions if you are not bringing meaningful or receiving meaningful value to the discussion. While you are in the meeting…
You get carried away and browsed the web for too long.
When you are in a meeting that is of little to no value to you, then your propensity to multitask increases. You are not engaged in the discussion.
You begin to write the copy for your web, blog, or article you want for marketing your business.
You walk away, save the draft, and go for coffee with a colleague.
Your goals may have no deadline so there is no incentive to focus or finish this anytime soon.
You start the day, fully intending to get some very important tasks attended to.
You play some cards, complete a puzzle, or drift aimlessly from the refrigerator, to the coach, to the office, to the stove, and so on.
You are feeling down today.
You have developed a habit of doing unnecessary things, instead of accomplishing important goals. This habit is the main reason you lack focus.
Focus takes clarity and purposeful action. Clearly define why you are doing anything that you do. How does it fit with your objectives? Do you even have clearly defined objectives?
Pay particular attention to the time you are spending each day. Is it purposeful and does it bring you closer to what you truly desire?
“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne Johnson
Realize and name what it is you want out of life then consciously choose to do what you need to do to gain focus on your purpose.
You have the power to choose how you respond each day. This is a practice of conscious choice and being present in the uniqueness of the moment. Take control, accept responsibility, and be aware that your perception, response, and results belong to you alone. You know it’s time for even more.
If not now, when?