“I’m Focused, Man!”
This is my first post in a 4 part series on resources to help us focus.
(This is also my first series. 🙂 )
Have you noticed that there’s never been a harder to time to focus. We have to deal these daily:
- Snapchat (whatever that is)
- Instant messaging
- Instant movies
- News tickers
- 400 cable channels
There’s a bunch of other stuff not incuded here begging for our attention every second of the day. I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time focusing on anything for more than five minutes. I have a hard time reading an entire newspaper article.
One of the unexpected benefits of blogging is that it gives me time to focus my thoughts on one subject per post. I like that. I need it. But I’m not talking about focusing for a few minutes. I’m thinking more about how we focus our lives.
When I saw this guy I had to take his picture. But he was walking so fast I couldn’t get my camera to focus on him. He looked 70 years old, but he was walking so fast and with so much determination he kept moving outside of my focus. I finally ran up close behind him and started snapping pictures before he got out of my focus again.
Without an object to focus on, it’s impossible to get a good picture, right? You don’t have to be a pro-photographer to know that. It’s the same thing in life.
If you want better results, you need to have a target in focus.
But not just any target; we need the best things to focus on. And when we find the right things to focus on it changes our lives for the better. I learning that focusing on the right things; makes the right things happen.
How do you know if you are focusing on the right things? We have to be aware of how we spend our time, even the minutes. Regardless of who you are, we all have the same 24 hours in one day to use–even Beyonce. And we all have the ability to choose how we’ll spend that time.
But first we have to understand or become aware of our own mortality ( my post on mortality). It sounds creepy, but it’s not. No one lives forever and those who act like they will end up wasting their lives. And when we understand our mortality, we start to value our greatest resource- TIME. This is where it starts.
We have to value every minute of our lives. Maybe this is what Bruce Lee was thinking when he said,
“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.”
So what are you most focused on?
Over the next few posts I’ll share three other resrouces that have helped me direct my focus. If you need help in this area, stay tuned. I’m not an expert or a guru, but I have a PH.D from the prestigious School of Hard Knocks.