What Are You Focused On?

“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” ~ Paulo Coelho

So many of my clients, and myself at times, face the challenge of lending our precious time and focus on what we don’t want.  We gravitate towards what annoys us, bugs us, makes us nuts, instead of what we want.  What we give our time and attention to is what grows for us.  So if we are focusing on crap we don’t enjoy or like even a little, that is what we will grow.  So obviously the converse is when we focus on what we want, that is the path we’ll go down.

This is not permission or a recommendation to go down a road of not doing things you don’t like.  Especially if you are currently getting paid to do so.  It is rather a recommendation to start, wherever you are, to do what you are being paid to do well without engaging in the negative response that may pop into your head about it.

Example,  you hate your job.  Don’t stew on all the things you hate about it.  Do your job as the professional you are, but also focus and develop, on your off time, what you do want.  As you do so you are more likely to identify those same qualities, no matter how small in your current environment which makes it much more tolerable until you move up and/or out.  I promise you your day will be much better if at lunch, on a break and/or after work you are focusing on what you want and planning to make it happen.  Eventually the scales will tip from what you don’t want to having what you do want.

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