The power of focus: Practical tips to help you focus your thoughts

How do you wake up in the morning?

Do you jump out of bed and look forward to starting the day?

Do you wake up in the morning and you did not want to get out of bed, hear the alarm clock ring and you press the snooze button over and over again until you are forced to get up and go to the bathroom?

Or wake up even more tired than when you went to sleep?

What do you think about when you wake up?

Do you think about all the things you need to do, the list is endless and you feel overwhelmed before you get out of bed or you wake up in the morning, thinking about all the challenges that you are facing in your life, think about all the criticism that people have given you, even the areas where you have not succeeded. Then you feel discouraged and unmotivated or think about what is missing in your life; not enough money, no big title (Director or CEO) after your name or that you do not have a flashy car and so on.

When faced with a problem what do you do?

Spend time discussing and analyzing the problem in great depth and then defining it in unsolvable terms? Or do you find out who is to blame?

Tips: How to control the FOCUS of your thoughts

When faced with a challenge or a problem, spend 5% of your time discussing the problem, 95% of your time finding innovative and creative solutions. Remember “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude to the problem”.

Ensure that you do the following on a daily basis:

Learn something new on a daily basis. Learning does not end when you obtain your degree or leave university. The journey of life is a learning process. Successful people convert their failures into stepping stones by learning from them and moving on. When you try something and it does not work out, do not despair, all you have to do is find a better way to do it.

Enjoy – Ensure that on a daily basis you are able to enjoy and have fun. You have the ability to create memorable moments on a daily basis. Remember “life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but how many moments that take our breath away”

Appreciate – As soon as we develop a sense of appreciation (gratitude), we are shifting our focus of thoughts on what we have and what we have been able to achieve.

Reflect on your life. “An unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates. Reflection allows for self-assessment, checking that you are on the right track. Reflection gives you time to monitor your thoughts and actions, to check whether they are in alignment with your purpose in life.

Negative thoughts have a way of coming when you least expect them to. People spend too much time thinking about what happened to them in the past or the possibility of negative things happening to them in the future. To get rid of these negative thoughts ask yourself one QUESTION “If this was my LAST day alive, what would I love to do..” then go and do it. Do not postpone living.