Rounding up this month’s theme by sharing a few ideas of how to stay focused.
Over the last month, I’ve also talked about things that can get in the way and what happens when we’re not focused, so check out the previous posts if you need some further tips too.
Remember Your Why
Having the end goal or outcome in mind is vital – if you don’t know what you’re aiming for, then you won’t achieve it. Seems obvious, but it’s easy to get distracted by shiny things on the way, so keep coming back to your ‘why’.
But Be Flexible
If your ‘why’ has changed or the goalposts have moved, be flexible enough to alter your course. Sticking to a plan that is no longer working or relevant will hold you back. If you need to change, it will give you better momentum in the longer term.
Being aware of where your time and energy goes can help to get rid of things that will distract you. Whether it’s your own actions, such as scrolling social media or making unhealthy choices. Or external energy zappers, such as people who need your attention, but aren’t supportive in return. Be aware of where you might need to set some boundaries around your time. Be firm but fair to make sure that your needs are being met too.
Find Your Tribe
Connect with others who have similar goals. It’s difficult to keep motivated when no one else around you ‘gets it’. If you can find people who have been where you are, or are on the same journey, it’s so helpful.
Stay In Balance
Keep a healthy balance of all the other things going on in your life too. When you take time away from goal-getting, you allow space for your brain to assimilate the learning you’ve been doing, and it creates space for creativity. The best ideas usually come when you’re at rest…for lots of people it’s in the shower or washing the dishes.
Regular check ins are key. As with ‘remember your why’, being able to recognise if something’s not working, or other areas of your life are being neglected, can help you to make changes quicker.
Just some food for thought if you’re looking to stay focused.
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