You can supercharge your ability to FOCUS. In fact, this is something you want to do because you can more easily create more and continuous positive outcomes.
Do you have dreams, ideas, and goals? Great! But it’s in the ACTION that dreams take shape. Dreams can never come true until you take the action necessary. Through action you achieve results.
Results give you so much more information and guidance about what to do next (more so than endless hours of visualization). YES…visualization is a part of the equation, but so is ACTION (this is where so many miss the boat when they practice what they’ve learned from the now famous book and movie of 2006, The Secret).
“Action is the foundational key to all success.” —Pablo Picasso
Jump forward to 2015…and we are a society still worshiping “bigger, better, faster, more…” and even less able to stay the course and focus on what you really want…creating a life overrun by clutter (mental and physical). So much clutter, in fact, that you may have experienced analysis paralysis—never being able to make a move or make a decision because you lack…CLARITY AND FOCUS.
Chill out… this article is not about making BIG LIFE ALTERING DECISIONS. No, no…
It is about making strategic decisions that help you realize the things you’ve been wanting. Stick with me…
There are very specific things you can do to achieve massive success if you’re willing to open the gateway to welcome clarity and focus.
1. Invest In Your Mind, Body and Spirit
There’s no accident Mind-Body-Spirit are always mentioned together. They’re meant to work together making you function wholly. With all of your best assets supercharged, you can achieve more than you give yourself credit for. For example, do you stretch and move your body daily? A flexible body welcomes a flexible mind. A flexible mind works more creatively than any stubborn mind ever will. Obstacles will inspire creative thinking versus a doomsday attitude.
Consider simplifying routines around your diet and boosting your food intake to include more of the things that benefit your body. For example, include more water, more vegetable smoothies, more salads every day. Also, consciously cut the things that adversely affect the brains function (like sugar and carbohydrates). Doing so will only bring you calm and balance in an unbalanced world.
“Carbs are devastating for the brain.” —Dr. David Perlmutter
According to Melissa Crispell, CNS, CNHP and One Wise Life resident expert contributor, “Our brains require sugar (blood glucose) for energy. Brain cells need 2x more energy than all other cells. It’s the added sugars that are the brain’s enemy, it lights up the reward pathways and then fires up the dopamine-like feel good hormones. This is a false signal which ignites the craving cycle.” Furthermore, “a diet high in added sugars prohibits BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor)…and without that, we can’t make new memories, learn new things, or remember very much.”
Lastly, please, don’t underestimate the power of meditation. Meditation alone can very well be the missing key helping your focus and improving your thinking skills. By this, I mean, your ability to think more clearly and thoughtfully (and away from reactive responses). Time Magazine reported research going back 30+ years (going back to the 1970s) which established that the Buddhist monks who regularly meditated for years perform better than most of us on concentration tests.
2. Purposeful Planning
Have you ever noticed how good it feels to check off a list of things you’ve accomplished? Also, too…have you ever had a list so long you blow it off because it overwhelms, you?
Plan your every day with purpose. Decide what is the most important 5 to 6 things you absolutely MUST accomplish. Make those things a priority, starting with the first task and completing it before moving on to the 2nd task and so on. Repeat this every day and you’ll be amazed at what you can do.
No time you say?
Consider waking up earlier. ehhhhhh… now wait, before you squash this idea consider this—waking up earlier and adding even only one hour more per day you add 7 more hours to your week (that’s nearly one whole work day).
The Ayurveda lifestyle believes in a daily routine and teaches to wake up about 1 to 1 1/2 hours before the sunrise so that your body can synchronize with the rhythm of the sun. They consider this time the most auspicious and meditation at this time helps your mental focus.
To experience the life you want, you must be willing to do the things most are simply not willing to do. This is what separates the achievers from those living mediocre lives.
3. Garage Clutter:
If you enter your home through your garage door, then what is the first thing you see when you get home? Is your garage welcoming you with open arms? Does it feel like you’ve come home to a peaceful setting? Is your sanctuary awaiting you? As I write this I know I have to tackle my own garage. At the very least, keep the things in your garage as orderly as possible. If it looks clean and neat…that’s enough. I’d more recommend you declutter inside the home first, and make the spaces you reside in most a priority for de-cluttering (kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room).
Where does the clutter show up for you?
The 3 seemingly simple ideas in this article are sometimes the hardest to stick to because it’s different than what you’ve been accustomed to. Yes…change is weird and uncomfortable. But, isn’t staying stagnant even more scary to you? Stick with things that lead to possibilities and opportunities. Without clarity and focus by your side, you may miss them entirely.