You can supercharge your ability to FOCUS. In fact, this is something you want to do because you can more easily create more and continuous positive outcomes.
Do you have dreams, ideas, and goals? Great! But it's in the ACTION that dreams take shape. Dreams can never come true until you take the action necessary. Through action you achieve results.
Results give you so much more information and guidance about what to do next (more so than endless hours of visualization). YES...visualization is a part of the equation, but so is ACTION (this is where so many miss the boat when they practice what they've learned from the now famous book and movie of 2006, The Secret).
"Action is the foundational key to all success." —Pablo Picasso
Jump forward to 2015...and we are a society still worshiping "bigger, better, faster, more..." and even less able to stay the course and focus on what you really want...creating a life overrun by clutter (mental and physical). So much clutter, in fact, that you may have experienced analysis paralysis—never being able to make a move or make a decision because you lack...CLARITY AND FOCUS.
Chill out... this article is not about making BIG LIFE ALTERING DECISIONS. No, no...
It is about making strategic decisions that help you realize the things you've been wanting. Stick with me...
There are very specific things you can do to achieve massive success if you're willing to open the gateway to welcome clarity and focus.
1. Invest In Your Mind, Body and Spirit
There's no accident Mind-Body-Spirit are always mentioned together. They're meant to work together making you function wholly. With all of your best assets supercharged, you can achieve more than you give yourself credit for. For example, do you stretch and move your body daily? A flexible body welcomes a flexible mind. A flexible mind works more creatively than any stubborn mind ever will. Obstacles will inspire creative thinking versus a doomsday attitude.
Consider simplifying routines around your diet and boosting your food intake to include more of the things that benefit your body. For example, include more water, more vegetable smoothies, more salads every day. Also, consciously cut the things that adversely affect the brains function (like sugar and carbohydrates). Doing so will only bring you calm and balance in an unbalanced world.
"Carbs are devastating for the brain." —Dr. David Perlmutter
According to Melissa Crispell, CNS, CNHP and One Wise Life resident expert contributor, "Our brains require sugar (blood glucose) for energy. Brain cells need 2x more energy than all other cells. It's the added sugars that are the brain's enemy, it lights up the reward pathways and then fires up the dopamine-like feel good hormones. This is a false signal which ignites the craving cycle." Furthermore, "a diet high in added sugars prohibits BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor)...and without that, we can't make new memories, learn new things, or remember very much."
Lastly, please, don't underestimate the power of meditation. Meditation alone can very well be the missing key helping your focus and improving your thinking skills. By this, I mean, your ability to think more clearly and thoughtfully (and away from reactive responses). Time Magazine reported research going back 30+ years (going back to the 1970s) which established that the Buddhist monks who regularly meditated for years perform better than most of us on concentration tests.
2. Purposeful Planning
Have you ever noticed how good it feels to check off a list of things you've accomplished? Also, too...have you ever had a list so long you blow it off because it overwhelms, you?
Plan your every day with purpose. Decide what is the most important 5 to 6 things you absolutely MUST accomplish. Make those things a priority, starting with the first task and completing it before moving on to the 2nd task and so on. Repeat this every day and you'll be amazed at what you can do.
No time you say?
Consider waking up earlier. ehhhhhh... now wait, before you squash this idea consider this—waking up earlier and adding even only one hour more per day you add 7 more hours to your week (that's nearly one whole work day).
The Ayurveda lifestyle believes in a daily routine and teaches to wake up about 1 to 1 1/2 hours before the sunrise so that your body can synchronize with the rhythm of the sun. They consider this time the most auspicious and meditation at this time helps your mental focus.
To experience the life you want, you must be willing to do the things most are simply not willing to do. This is what separates the achievers from those living mediocre lives.
“If you are willing to do only what’s easy, life will be hard. But if you are willing to do what’s hard, life will be easy.” —T. Harv Eker
3. Reduce, Relocate.... oh hell...just get rid of it!
There's no getting around this one simple fact, your surroundings (the world around you) is a reflection of what's going on within you.
In the healing art of Feng Shui, clutter is a reflection of your inability to move forward and postponing decisions causing constriction in various aspects of your life.
Your "stuff" (every thing) has an immense impact and influence on your thoughts, your feelings and even your mental clarity and focus. The stuff may not feel like it does this to you, but over time, clutter has a way of seducing you and you become unaware of its ability to literally thwart your dreams.
Have you ever seen the TV show, Hoarders? One thing I noticed in their portrayal and documentation of hoarders is that even with all the excess and overflowing amount of stuff around them...the hoarder himself can never really see the excess and how it's hurting them.
If life is feeling stagnant to you, decluttering may be your answer. Keeping the clutter around you causes overwhelm...and at the very least (even if you're mostly tidy), removal of any amount of clutter removes annoyance.
Consider how clutter shows up for you...
What does your email look like? Are you unsubscribing to the things that don't nourish your soul? (Yeah...I'm cringing as I write this, because you may choose to unsubscribe from One Wise Life). So be it! If it's not serving you, the energy is best for both of us if you choose to let OWL go.
But that's not all the electronic clutter around us, consider the following...
What does your Facebook newsfeed do for you?
What noise is around you most of the time? Sensationalized news? Reality TV? Violence? Music that is simply unpleasant to you? Endless and unnecessary notifications popping up on your smartphone or laptop?
Decluttering electronically is where you can single handily make the most immediate and positive impact. You don't even have to get up from the couch to clean up most of it.
Ladies (and maybe a few gents...), how old are your cosmetics? Do you keep adding to the collection without cleaning out the older cosmetics? What about where you store the cosmetics...when was the last time you cleaned out the dust from the bottom of that drawer or cosmetic bag? Expired cosmetics are hazardous!! According to Women's Health, the real danger in using expired make up lies in what can happen to your skin, "All the molecules in these products can break down into something else, and you can have a reaction to it." This can lead to you having inflammation of the skin, leading to redness, rashes and even blisters. Do you really need more reasons to clean out the cosmetic clutter? (I didn't think so).
How old is your food in the refrigerator or pantry? Is it really necessary and healthy to keep it around? If you're planning on cleaning up your diet to obtain more clarity and focus (go back and read number 1), then you don't need the crap food anyway. Done.
Raising my hand on this one! Yep... I USED to keep clothes for when I "lose the weight" or in case "I gain it back." Those days are done and I'm so glad they are! What hidden (past or future) illusions are in your closet? LIVE IN THE NOW and be unapologetically you. If you change, so will your clothes.
If you enter your home through your garage door, then what is the first thing you see when you get home? Is your garage welcoming you with open arms? Does it feel like you've come home to a peaceful setting? Is your sanctuary awaiting you? As I write this I know I have to tackle my own garage. At the very least, keep the things in your garage as orderly as possible. If it looks clean and neat...that's enough. I'd more recommend you declutter inside the home first, and make the spaces you reside in most a priority for decluttering (kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room).
Where does the clutter show up for you?
The 3 seemingly simple ideas in this article are sometimes the hardest to stick to because it's different than what you've been accustomed to. Yes...change is weird and uncomfortable. But, isn't staying stagnant even more scary to you? Stick with things that lead to possibilities and opportunities. Without clarity and focus by your side, you may miss them entirely.
SHARE THE WISDOM...
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH US...
ABOUT THE WRITER...
Maria Flynn, Founder / Owner of OneWiseLife.com (OWL) a digital magazine dedicated to bringing self-motivated individuals insightful articles, tips and techniques from trusted coaches, master teachers, healers and leaders. OWL articles cover areas of personal development, authentic lifestyle, health tips, relationships, spirituality, heart-centered entrepreneurship, and more. Join Maria's OWL Good Vibe Tribe and LIVE SHOW on Facebook