Have you ever wanted to make some change in your life but did not follow through. We all have. You want to get another job. You want to lose weight. You want to start eating healthy. You begin with a goal in mind but never complete it.
Some stop before they even start. I have done this as well. I’ll start dieting tomorrow. I will set up a budget next week. Or maybe next month. However, it simply does not get done.
For many it comes down to one simple word: focus. One definition of focus is the state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition. These ten actions can help you gain the focus you need.
- Write down your goal and review.
There is something powerful about writing something down in a way, it validates your efforts and serves as a reminder for you. Maybe you want to lose twenty pounds in three weeks. Write it down and put it in places as a constant reminder.
Think of Genealogy the study of family history. People who do this rely on written records in order to piece together and build their family tree. Writing goals down works the same way. Reach one goal and write the next step down to reach that.
- Surround yourself with items to help you.
Stephen Ambrose was a famous author of books like Undaunted Courage and Band of Brothers. When writing a book he would surround himself with items from the time period his book was based on. This would give him inspiration for his writing.
You can do the same. For example if you are interested in clean eating, throw out those foods that are not healthy for you. Get healthy foods that you will not only eat but will inspire you to keep on with good eating habits.
- Think of it as money in the bank.
There are thousands of examples throughout the years of young kids having their heat set on getting a particular bike. They have to save up their own money in order to get it. They take on small jobs, sell stuff they do not want and save up their money to get it.
Small gains you make works the same way. When you lose some weight in a week, it adds to your ultimate goal. If you close out a certain credit account, it may be one small victory to being debt free. Each gain is an investment in a larger goal as long as the activity is consistent.
- Create future indicators with visualization.
Visualization is an exercise where you think about and meditate on a situation where you see yourself in the near or far future. Some may feel visualization is something that is just dreaming with little to no impact of realistic expectations. However it lets you see what a possible situation could be and how it could benefit you.
- Break down actions to simple and specific tasks.
One of the things that can lead to frustration is setting our expectations to high. Many also want instant results or gains made in as little time as possible. Rome was not built in a day. In fact it was sacked and looted, suffered through plague and pestilence and had to build and rebuild. This was done one brick and one building at a time. Simple steps are manageable and lead to ultimate success.
Build momentum in what you do and distraction. It is all about focus. Make these five strategies work for you and you might enjoy the process of making aspects of your life better.