Douglas Vermeeren – The power of your focus
What you focus on you create. The challenge with most people who are not achieving their goals, creating the changes they really want or not achieving high levels of success can be traced to what they focus on. They may even know what they want on a logic and intellectual level, but the problem is that when things get difficult or even when non-challenging distractions appear they can’t stay focused on what really is important to them. In other words they are in a responsive mode rather than a proactive mode. When we are responsive we focus on what is most pressing, urgent, interesting and new.
When we are proactive we may notice things going on around us, but our focus remains fixed on the important things. Where focus goes energy flows.
Too often those striving to attain success also focus on things they can’t influence. In other words a lot of energy and worry is spent on things beyond your control to influence. It’s like trying to move a brick wall. You are fighting against an obstacle that you cannot overcome. This leads to frustration, complaining, discouragement and pain. In the end you decide not to go for the things you really want because you feel it won’t make any difference anyhow. Where as the real problem was that you were working on problems that you could not solve. In every situation there are elements you can influence and elements that you have no influence over. These elements over which you feel you have no influence over may or may not change in the future. But often they will just because you have changes aspects of the overall equation by dealing first with what you can influence.
One for he most important things you can influence begins with how you see the situation. When you change how you see a situation the situation itself will change. When you focus on what you can influence and recognize how things could change for the better they do.
The challenge with many people is they focus on the fear, pain and frustration of why something isn’t moving forward fast enough. And they get exactly what they choose to see.
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