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Focus on your life and where you want to go

        When your efforts are concentrated and directed toward where you want to go, you are focused on your life. Focus boosts your productivity. It enables you to accomplish things which initially appear out of reach.

        It’s easy to lose focus by becoming caught up with what other people are doing. We do this with people we know, as well as those in the public eye. The lives of other people are the subject of gossip columns, editorials, news stories, magazines, and TV shows.

        We all know the dangers of being distracted while driving. Distracted living has the same deleterious potential. When you are not paying attention to what you are doing, you are destined to have an accident.

        Any time you spend focused on how others are living, or criticizing the decisions they make, is time taken away from paying attention to your circumstances. Your thoughts and actions determine what happens to you. Therefore, your attention should be directed to your life.

        Don’t worry about what other people are doing. You are not in competition with them. They have their own dreams, goals, and aspirations. Their experiences and perceptions are different than yours. The manner in which they live doesn’t affect you.

        However, the experiences of others teach us what works and what doesn’t. This provides useful information compared to mindless gawking. You want to observe those who are where you want to be. You will save yourself a lot of time by mimicking successful behavior.

        Knowing what you want provides focus. Working on specific, desirable goals gives you direction. It compels you to pay attention to what you are doing. Monitoring your progress is part of this process.

        Recognizing what makes you happy helps you focus on rewarding endeavors. Change direction whenever you are engaged in misery causing activities. Altering your focus is also appropriate whenever you are involved with any pursuits which have no benefits.

        Tracking the use of your time provides important feedback about how focused you are. Your time is spent either productively, or nonproductively. Time spent focused on your life is productive. Time devoted to watching how others live is wasted.

        Direct your focus on productive behavior which moves you closer towards your goals. Being concerned about how other people are living does not do this. You want to be looking in the mirror rather than gazing through the window at what is happening outside.

        Organization helps you focus. Organizing your plan for each day keeps you locked onto where you are headed. This is the same process you use when driving to a specific destination. You first determine the best route to take in order to arrive by your deadline. Then while driving, focus keeps your eyes on the road in front of you in order to stay on track and monitor your progress.

        Ignore negative influences. There are plenty of people who will try discouraging you from pursuing your dreams. Some may be jealous. Others don’t believe in you. There are also those who have tried and failed, and now believe they are experts on why something isn’t possible.

        Listening to advice from any of these naysayers eliminates your focus. However, you do want to seek out advice from people who have attained the same goals you are seeking. They have proven that your objectives are attainable.

        Stay focused on your priorities. Anything which moves you closer to your goal should be a priority. Don’t waste energy on activities which accomplish nothing. Assess your focus on a regular basis. If you catch yourself losing focus, get back on track.

NOW AVAILABLE: "Dare to Live Without Limits," the book. Visit www.BryanGolden.com or your bookstore. Bryan is a management consultant, motivational speaker, author, and adjunct professor. E-mail Bryan at bryan@columnist.com or write him c/o this paper. Ó 2018 Bryan Golden

       

 

Universal Income

What do you think of presidential candidate Andrew Yang's proposal for a universal basic income of $1,000 per month for every adult?
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