One of the most challenging things you can do is to focus your attention on what is important and impactful. Being focused is a great hurdle. Most people only follow short term interests, sometimes for fair reasons (you need to work to eat) or for reasons you can’t control (you are afraid).
But do you want more than just to get by with your basic needs met?
I can’t answer this. Only you can decide you want it.
Focus is a choice. Making time in your life to focus is the key to getting things done. You can only do this by switching off and climbing out of that rabbit hole that you live inside.
Take myself as an example: I want to write! But every morning I wake up and sit down in the quiet darkness of my apartment and think of a bunch of good reasons why I can’t write today. For example, today I said to myself:
- I’m too tired to write, I should go back to sleep
- I have nothing interesting to write about today
- I should focus on something more important
How I stopped doubting myself
The way I beat this is to just start on whatever comes into my head or start doing whatever I had initially planned to do for just 30 minutes. After 30 minutes of writing I usually feel better. If I don’t feel better then I give myself permission to go back to sleep. But the trick here is that I never go back to sleep because after 30 minutes I have pushed past the doubt and bad feelings and my mind has focused.
In my next post I’ll talk about some of the lifestyle choices i’ve made to help me focus more. I’ll cover topics such as: what time do I get up in the morning? How do I schedule my day? And most importantly, how do I remove obstacles and guard my time?