Hocus Pocus…Now where’d I put my focus?
Do you think successful people just wake up, say hocus pocus, and start their day focused? Hardly. They’re not born that way either. Well, they might be born with the “marketing gene” or the “dynamic salesperson gene”. But they’re not focused simply by existing.
So, don’t think of staying focused as something you’ll do when you get to a higher level of business success. And don’t think it’ll happen when you wave the magic wand of someone else’s strategies over your head.
You can sharpen your focus with a few easy steps…no hocus pocus required.
The steps are so easy you might think there’s no way they could work. But they do. You just have to make them part of your everyday life. And it’s easy because it’s what you should be doing even if you don’t own or don’t even want to own a business. Ready to see what they are? Good. Here you go…
Wake up, but don’t get right up. Take a moment to acknowledge how fortunate you are to have another day to conquer. And do this before you even get dressed or have breakfast or anything else.
Eat a sensible breakfast. Make it the kind your grandparents or great-grandparents used to make. But don’t wast time debating what’s “sensible”. You know what it is…even if it’s way down inside you. You know.
Be sure and get plenty of water into your body. It’s one of the two best ways to oxygenate your blood. And if there’s plenty of oxygen in your blood, there’s plenty going to your brain. Don’t worry about the 8 glasses a day thing. Just be consistent. Have a drink right now, in fact.
This one is going to sound silly, but…smile. And I predict you’ll be pleasantly surprised what smiling more will do for you. It might even rub off on others. But, for now, focus on you. (hey there’s that focus thing again) Here’s a cool side benefit. You use more muscles in your face when you smile. And when you use more muscles, you burn more calories. Of course you know when you burn more calories, you stay leaner. And when you stay leaner you like yourself better. Then, when you like yourself better, you stay more focused. And when you’re more focused, you smile more. Now, that’s what I call a “circle of life.”
Don’t try to stay busy. Take action. There’s a huge difference. And you could clean off your desk all day and never sign that big client. But, hey…at least you’d look busy. Right? Or you could take at least one action to actually get the client. And guess what? If you can deliver what your clients or customers want, they won’t even care if your desk is messy.
Step 6. Enjoy the moment.
Remember you only have NOW. Yesterday’s gone forever. And tomorrow never actually gets here. NOW is all you really have. So enjoy it. Make the most of it. And get something done, NOW. It stands for “no other way”.
Get plenty of sleep. Your body and your mind have to recuperate from the day. And no matter who you are; when you don’t get enough rest, it Will catch up with you. Maybe not today. Maybe not even tomorrow. But at some point your focus just won’t be there when you need it. And all the hocus pocus in the (magic) world won’t get your body to respond the way you want.
I know from experience how important rest is. Because I’ve been unable to breathe properly for almost two years. Exposure to drywall dust particles, mold, and harsh chemicals caused me to sleep no more than 2-4 hours a night for months. And I’m still struggling with this issues months and months later. So, I can tell you…stay healthy and get plenty of sleep.
OK…there’s seven easy steps to a better, more focused YOU. They don’t require years of schooling, mentoring, or yelling in your face from a drill sargeant. So, just get up and do ‘em everyday. You’ll thank me later.
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