Happy New Year! 2020 is going to be Epic. I’ve said that several times and it’s true. How do I know? Because we all have the power to make of things what we will. Regardless of our circumstances and hardships, we can always choose how to respond. We can always decide where and how to Focus 👀 our attention, so this year I am choosing to Focus on positive action in the present in order to make forward progress.
“Focus” is going to be my power word and special rallying cry to get some amazing shit done this year! The good news is that you can join in by simply deciding to do so as well. Here’s my quick and dirty guide to go from Focus to progress.
Apply Focus toward positive action
Call it what you will, a resolution, goal or intention; the terminology doesn’t matter as much as the action you take as a result. You know what they say… actions speak louder than words. But believe me, resolving to have a goal of intentionally applying focus toward positive action does not always come as easy as wordsmithing does 😉
I often fancy myself a skillful multi-tasker — able to accomplish no less than five important things at once — but it usually doesn’t work out that way, especially not with things that matter. Besides, we now know that multitasking is SO last decade!
I’m also easily distractible… was that a squirrel? I looove squirrels! 🐿 I think this is a chipmunk, but that’s all I have. Why don’t they have a squirrel emoji? See what I mean about being distracted?!
Setting boundaries and realizing the true cost of interruptions is vital because distraction is usually all about avoidance and procrastination. We’d all rather goof off with drama or silly nonsense, but that won’t produce results at the end of the day. Most of us know this first-hand. Come on, fess up!
Turn it into a habit
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Will Durant
I found a list of inspiring focus-related quotes and chose this one as my favorite right now. Then, of course, I had to look up Will Durant. I learned he was an American historian, writer, and philosopher best known for The Story of Civilization, a massive work. Cool — another writer! Wait, was this a distraction? Possibly, but learning was involved so I’ll give myself a pass.
Anyways, what I like about this quote is that it reinforces the idea that by focusing on something repeatedly, we can turn it into a habit. This plays right into the current book I’m reading, Atomic Habits by James Clear. Highly recommend!
Make forward progress
Coming back full circle to focusing on positive actions in the present in order to make forward progress. I’m applying my focus on two deceptively simple but challenging habits:
- Becoming an early (or at least earlier) riser, and
- Writing consistently (dare I take on Jeff Goins’ 500 word challenge??)
To be sure, I have other ambitions, but simplicity is grossly underrated. It’s easy to come out of the gate with guns blazing — like all the folks rushing to the gym every day in January. It’s quite another thing to stick with it and make it a habit.
So for now, I’ll Focus on my two primary new habits and work on becoming an early-rising person that writes every day!
What about you?
👉 Where would you like to apply focus and create better habits this year so you can become the person you envision? I’d love to hear your story! Leave me a comment below.
Wishing you much Focus, positive action, good habits, and progress this year!