I always love Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere … the warmer air, the colorful flowers popping up all over the place, the trees in blossom, and butterflies flitting here and there. Nature wakes up from its long slumber. Many of us are also finding that we, too, are waking up from a long slumber.
The global pandemic has had many of us in a quiet, hopefully deeply cognitive, state and now we can feel the movement, the stirrings, of the new reality opening up.
The new reality will find us zipping from one thing to the next and whether we spring forward or fall back, depending on which hemisphere of our planet we inhabit, we may feel that we are unable to give our full attention to all that is coming, or will be coming, our way. What we need, during times like this, is … focus.
Have you noticed that we became masters of multi-tasking over these past few decades? It was what everyone was talking about; the need to multi-task. Well, now, our lives, actually all aspects of our lives, whether personal professional, or spiritual, are shifting from that multi-tasking era to honing the skill of focusing.
In these changing times, a successful person is able to place a laser-like focus on what is in front of them, putting their complete attention on what it is that needs to be done, completing whatever phase of the decision and action that is needed. The tricky part of that is training ourselves to clearly focus, to give our full attention to something while in the midst of the briskness of life itself.
A good way to set a solid foundation for personal and professional nimbleness, while focusing on what is needed and wanted, is to go back to our core – what are our values, what’s our mission, our vision for our personal and professional experiences.
If we haven’t taken the time to think about them this just might be a good time to sit down and put those ideas together.
Doing this kind of focusing applies whether you are in business for yourself, run a big company, a family, or a non-profit organization. Knowing what we value, what we think is important, and then creating a mission for our business, our personal life, or even our family gives us a focus as our objective. Focusing on our vision, the big overall picture of our intention is also an important process. No matter whether it’s personal, professional or spiritual, we know what we value, we focus on our mission and we hold our vision in our very own hearts.
The world around us has certainly shifted so much during these past few years, and now is the perfect time for getting ready to spring into action. If we have any goals or objectives we want to accomplish and we wrote down, no matter when we wrote them, now is a good time to take them out and review them thoroughly. Have we gotten a little off course from our original intent? Is what is written there still true now? Maybe we have accomplished our previous objective? Or not? Do we want to adjust and refine our mission and vision? These are the first steps in honing our focus.
As we bring things into focus, we need to use our discernment and pay attention to details. This is the next step. It is time to be involved, not just let go and adapt. We need to stand tall in what it is we are desirous of achieving, obtaining, being, doing, and having. The laser light of our focus will make clear where to steer in order to successfully navigate these new waters.
Distraction is our biggest adversary and it would be helpful to acknowledge what types of distractions we typically encounter and to be on the lookout for them. There are the personal distractions to consider, as well as work distractions. This isn’t easy as our world is set up so that we have to process massive amounts of information daily to be a high-functioning person, whether at home or at work.
Once we figure out what our key distractions are, we will have a better chance of catching ourselves whenever they begin to interfere with what we are focusing on. We can make it a practice to dispense with the distraction as soon as possible or even ignore it, for now, and then go back to that which we were previously focusing on.
The amazing thing about developing this enhanced skill of focusing is that we will find that we accomplish more projects in a more satisfactory manner. In addition, at a higher level, with a more mindful perspective, we can realize that our lives, the reality in which we find ourselves, is really determined by what we focus on. Have you noticed that? Our focus is a very powerful thing and learning to gain the skill of using our focus, learning to control it, will give us direct power and influence over our personal, professional, and spiritual worlds.
It is something like being on a tight wire – balancing, staying centered, and not going too much one way into drama or the other way into not engaging at all, and neither too high nor too low emotionally.
While balance is a state of being to be maintained, and something you have hopefully been experiencing and practicing for years, now specifically is the time to focus. Bring out your discerning lens and focus, focus, focus. Add a little focus-pocus to your world!