What do you focus on?
Most people like to focus on the problems that they are faced with daily. Their attention is engulfed with worry which leads to stress which is driven by anxiety and of course always ends in extreme worry which is often followed by some degree of sickness.
I have discovered that once I have identified the problem it was more valuable for me to focus on the solution. You know the how in how am I going to turn this situation around or how am I going to get out of this mess and even how will my solution alter my life for the better.
It has taken me a long time to awaken to this truth, that all problems are simply a wake-up calls for change. They nudge you to make alternatives of choice in life, which hitherto this time I would resist.
Wise men count their blessings, fools their problems. Which category do you fall into today? Once you are aware that you actually have choices in life, you too, can alter your outcome.
Do you prefer doing things that you like rather than tackling the project or job that may result in defining your success? We have a client who has wanted to write a book for a long time, in fact it has been several years but she keeps putting it off and as a result it never gets started.
She has created a to do list for her daily tasks which helps her stay focused. Guess where the job of creative writing falls yup, It is number ten. She has admitted that the easy, fun and mundane jobs that she tackles daily are always on her priority list and what she fears and finds challenging to start is last. So by the end of each day, she has run out of time and the project that she dreams about completing is left in limbo.
One of the first changes that you must make is in your mindset stop looking at your life as if it is complicated. That simple thought can cause stress and that is what we want to avoid. Rather start by taking a deep breathe in, try to relax and sit quietly and review your situation, that is identify it and all of its aspects. Very often after that step, things start to fall into place because once you have taken the time to honestly identify it, the problem doesn't seem quite as massive and out of control.
Now you are ready to gather a list of different scenarios, possible ideas that when looked at from all angles might open your creative mind to see the best solution for you. If you need to brainstorm with peers, the group effort of collective ideas might be helpful.
Sometimes the solution is right in front of us but we weren't focus enough to see. When you understand the power of a focused mind you begin to realize the wisdom that abounds inside of you and that wisdom is amazing. When you honor your inner wisdom, your inner nature, it will begin to work with you for your highest and best good. Then you life will take on a whole new meaning. I invite you to focus on that which will bring you the greatest success.
Joan Marie Ambrose
Author, Creative Writer, Motivational Speaker