We are often overworked, overwhelmed, and overstimulated. It becomes difficult to truly put our intention behind just one single thing. In a year that craves consistency and stability, it’s more important than ever to hone our focusing skills first and foremost, and the rest will follow. That’s why we are making 2021: The Year Of Focus.
Here are a few areas in your life where focusing can have a tremendous impact.
Focus On The Positives
The tried and true adage of “focus on the positive” has stood the test of time for a reason. During overwhelming, crazy, or difficult moments, take a second to yourself and breathe. Find one single moment that is positive. If you can’t find something positive in the moment, think back to any positive time that you can think of. Dive into that moment. Let it grow in your mind.
Being in a negative mindset can become a slippery slope. It’s important to train yourself to focus on something positive the instant you catch yourself feeling down. As you continue practicing this habit, you will find that it becomes easier to find a happier frame of mind.
Speaking of practicing habits…
Focus On Self-Care Habits
Self-care can look different for everyone. Regardless of what it means to you, it’s an essential part of staying healthy and feeling your best. After all, you have to fill your own tank before you can help the ones you love. The theory is simple: if you’re emotionally, physically, and spiritually drained, you can’t help serve your people the way that they deserve or the way that you want to.
There are thousands of ways you can practice self-care. For instance, focus on things that are attainable AND going to bring you joy in the long run. Simply try adapting a nighttime skincare routine, drinking more water, or even going on afternoon walks 3 days a week. Focusing on truly taking care of yourself and creating self-care habits will have endless benefits in all areas of your life.
Focus On The Controllables
You can’t always control what happens to you, but you can control how you let it affect you. It’s easy to concentrate on the event or thing that is causing the issue, but unless you’re Marty McFly, you can’t go back in time and change the past.
When many of us had to shelter in place, it was important to focus on the things we could control: our next steps. As a result, we formed a plan. We figured out what groceries and other household necessities needed restocking, what materials needed from the office in order to work from home, and for many, what needed to be done to help children with their remote learning.
The quicker we can shift our focus onto the things we are able to control, the calmer, stronger, and more capable we all will feel. Together we can make 2021: The Year Of Focus.