“When we start focusing on things we can do and don’t think so much about the things we can’t do,
things really start to happen”
Don’t allow one negative experience to take control of your day. It’s not always easy, especially if one is the recipient of an unkind act. Giving into it and letting it control our focus is tantamount to surrendering to the person who authored the unkind act. Focus on the good, focus on doing kind acts, focus on loving all those around you. You’ll be the winner.
What is firing your passion today? Can’t think of something? Choose even the smallest thing, focus put all your energy into it. Before you know it you’ll become immersed into what your doing whether it’s baking bread, washing windows, visiting someone in hospice, or writing the next great novel. Your passion for what you are doing will make a difference.
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” Jack London
Staying focused, doing the hard work day after day isn’t for the weak. It takes courages. When we stay focused and put the work in inspiration suddenly opens its gates and floods us with creative thoughts.
What if I analyzed how I use my time? Would I discover that I’m spending more time on things that are unimportant than are important? As I was leaving the gym yesterday a couple was walking toward me. I held the door for them. The woman was struggling with the gear she was carrying into the gym. The man was too busy to help his partner, he was reading his Facebook messages on his smartphone. When we decide what’s important in our lives and focus our energy on it. Our lives change for the better.
There are things we can’t do. Don’t let them get in the way of what you can do. Give your strengths focus energy.
If you’re like me, you use your smart phone’s camera a lot. A camera can be a metaphor for life. When we use our smart phone camera we take selfies, photos of friends, and important moments. Like our camera, we can try to capture the good times, smiles, laughter, and joy. If things are not working out, we can stop, adjust, adapt, and change our focus to what is joyful, good, and makes us a better person.
What we focus on grabs hold of our attention and energy. If our focus isn’t leading us to a good space, we can change what we are focusing on. Focus on the things and people who are important to you. Focus on things that will lead you to live a happier, more fulfilled life. Focus on ways to love those close to you. What we focus on determines, in great part, the quality of our lives.
“When you exercise, your brain and nervous system produce more endorphins, which are essentially natural antidepressants— neurotransmitters that make you feel good. Even better, any form of exercise can create this effect, so it doesn’t matter whether you lift weights, jog on the treadmill, or play pickup basketball. As long as you break a sweat, you’ll get this high. There are two other ways that exercise help you squash stress. First, according to the Mayo Clinic, focusing on the tasks associated with training or playing a sport will help you forget about your problems and leave you with a greater sense of calm and clarity. Second, working out relaxes you and boosts your chances of a good night’s sleep, which is another key to fighting stress, anxiety, and depression.”Source: Muscle and Fitness: Mar2019, Vol. 80 Issue 3, p94-100.