Isn’t it extraordinary how powerful focus can be?
If we focus on what we don’t like, it seems all we see is what we don’t like. If we focus on what we can’t do, can’t be, can’t have, our dreams seem more and more impossible.
Our focus is like an amplifier. Where we point it, whatever it is, it grows and grows and grows until it takes over.
Earlier this week, I woke up at 3:30 am thinking about something that had been bothering me and it hijacked the rest of my night. Sleep was fruitless. I knew, the next morning, that if I wanted to be and bring my best self to my work and my life, that I’d have to find a way to shift my focus off the bothersome-thing or suffer the consequences. Productivity, joy, engagement, and impact were all at risk if I couldn’t get myself mindful and move into action.
This is where the rubber meets the road.
Here’s what I want you to get from all this: it doesn’t matter how much work you do on yourself, how much you know, how far you’ve come, or where you are on the oh-so-enlightened-scale. Nobody has life all dialed in. Every day is a new commitment.
So my work was to re-focus myself off the negative chatter in my brain and back to impact. To begin by asking myself, “What do I care about most and what’s the impact I want to have?” In order to reclaim myself, I had to work my intentions one action at a time, one situation at a time. Sure enough, slowly, the chatter in my mind faded. I put myself back in the driver’s seat of life.
Brave is not an all or nothing thing. There are going to be times in your life when your best self feels totally out of reach, but it’s there. Shift your focus onto action to make an impact to get yourself back on track with yourself. Your brave unfolds one situation at a time.