Monday, March 30, 2009

What Are You Focusing On?

In order to live a fulfilling and happy life you need to be sure that you are focusing on the right things.

As a Life Management & Success Coach I find that the cause of unhappiness and many of the challenges that people experience is influenced largely by where their focus lies.

If you are not achieving what you want to experience in your life the following are areas that may require you to shift your focus.

The Present – Focus on what you need to do in the present and what you want in the future rather than dwell on the past. If you are focusing on the past you are taking power away from the present and your future. Don’t stay stuck in the past. The main purpose of our past is to provide us with the learning that is necessary for our progress in life. Focusing on past hurts, mistakes, failures etc. can paralyse us and stop us from experiencing what we truly want in our lives. Let go of the past. Place all of your energy and focus on taking action now to create the future that you desire.

Thoughts – Focus your thoughts on what you want rather than what you don’t want. Focusing on such thoughts as fear and scarcity will manifest more experiences of fear and scarcity in your life. You cannot achieve happiness and success in your life by focusing on thoughts that limit you.

Gratitude – Focus on what you are thankful for in your life. Even when life is challenging there is always something that you can be grateful for. Too many people focus on what they don’t have in their life and that causes them to experience negative thoughts and emotions e.g. frustration, jealousy, discontentment etc. Look at life through eyes of gratitude rather than discontentment. If you search for it you will find the goodness that exists in your life.

Strengths – Everyone one of us has something beneficial to offer this world. Acknowledge your abilities. If you are constantly focusing on your weaknesses you are diminishing your self-image and confidence and enhancing self-doubt about what you can achieve. Focus on your gifts and strengths and work on areas that you need to improve.

Priorities – Focus on what is important to you. Don’t waste too much of your time and energy on matters that do not help you achieve your goals in life. Life is short and you need to make the most of the time that you have. Make sure you invest your time wisely. Get a clear understanding of what is important to you and devote your focus to that.

Solutions – Focus on the solutions to create what you want in your life. Ask yourself questions that will lead you to finding the answers. Stop focusing on the problems and challenges. It is better to seek the solutions and then act upon them.

Shifting your focus in life is like switching a light switch from off to on. You can switch off a negative focus in life to a positive focus. It is just a decision to do so. You are in control of what you focus on. You have the choice.

Author: Steve Decker – Life Management & Success Coach

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