I admit it, I sometimes suffer from bright shiny object syndrome. As you and I both know bright shiny objects are far more often a bit of broken glass, a shiny quarter, or a 4 year-old’s glittery art remnants than they are diamonds, gold nuggets, or even fool’s gold!
That is to say sometimes I’m easily distracted from where my focus needs to be. With all of the distractions provided by today’s technology, a culture based on productivity, and an emphasis on multi-tasking I’m certainly clear on the fact that I am not alone in this.
Now you want to start taking care of your health, fitness, wellness, or achieve any other goal and how do you do that when it doesn’t seem like you’ve got enough time in your day as it is?! The answer is actually super simple: focus.
Focus on what you want. We spend so much time focussing on what we don’t want or what we fear, or what could come of a situation. Our brains are fantastic imagination machines. You may think as an adult you’ve lost your creativity. I challenge you to pay attention to all of the scenarios your mind comes up with in a day and tell me you’re not creative. You may not be producing stories that you like, but you’re creative. So start creating what you want. Catch your mind producing the worst-case-apocalyptic scenario, and then reframe it to the exact opposite to produce the actual result you want, and focus on that instead.
Focus on your time. For me sometimes that means airplane mode on my devices; desperate times call for desperate measures! It’s actually not extreme at all, despite I’m sure your jaw dropped at such a thought. Never have we been so readily at the beck and call of others’ and their “need” to contact us immediately and get an immediate response. Never has our time and focus been so divided. So as I write this, my phone is on silent and I’m signed out of email. When I do yoga for myself, am training or teaching a client or class, respectively, you bet I’m not answering. This isn’t rude or dismissive, the fact is we are all entitled to our own time or not to divide our focus among several tasks, and we can focus on others more intently during our time with them if we have some space to ourselves. Having boundaries on instant availability (or not) allows you to keep focus on your goals and what really matters in that moment.
Focus on your priorities. What do you actually need to do today? How much are you trying to cram in? What can you give up that is totally distracting you from your actual goals? You may have completely dismissed the fact that you have “no time” to exercise or to make healthy meals, but you had time to watch the whole Breaking Bad series over the course of the past 3 weeks?! Those are your priorities then, you may not want to admit that television is a priority, but on some level it is if that’s where your focus is. Sort out what you’re willing to give up in order to achieve your goals. There will be some things you aren’t willing to annihilate from your life, but maybe you could watch less television or make yourself do 20 minutes of exercise for every hour watched (because the average is 5 hours/day, you’d actually get quite fit). Or maybe it’s Facebook, or YouTube, maybe it’s not even technology-related, but you know you spend way more time doing it than you should, or that it affects your ability to get other things done. The point is to set your priorities and intentions and focus on those, do not let the bright shiny objects pull you from your path, no matter how enticing they may be.
People always seem to get car-related analogies so, look where you want to go. If you’re not getting results something here surely “clicked” with you, because if you look where you want to go and keep your eyes on the road you should be getting at least some results, even if you’re not driving a fast car. If you need help getting on track with your fitness, health and wellness, if your lifestyle habits needs an overhaul, if you need a nudge and a reminder every once in a while to get back on track, or if you just don’t know how to create a plan and maintain it, CREATE has plans and programs to help you, and it’s all tailored to what you need. Call today for a complimentary consultation 416-994-6267 or fill out an online form
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