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Focus on what really matters

“I go at what I have to do as if there were nothing else in the world for me to do.” – Charles Kingsley

What you focus on now will have a big bearing on your future. What choices have you made in your life that have brought you to where you are now? You can learn from those past choices, if all were not ideal don’t dwell or let them continue to determine your future. Decide to choose wisely from now!

Focus on what is important to you and from there make choices that will move you forward in a direction that is right for you. Being aware of your strengths and talents, is important. They may have become cloudy over the years but they are still there. Ask yourself:

  • What are you brilliant at without much effort?
  • What do you do well that others find difficult?
  • What skills do people compliment you on? Don’t brush these off there are clues here!
  • What job would you do for free, if you could afford to?

If you focus on what you want, the ideal desired end result, you should feel more motivated. If you remain focused on the work involved or have created a negative end result you will lose motivation.

Try these to help with focus:

  • Make time and space for thinking.
  • Identify what your priorities are and write them down.
  • Have clear written goals and make a list of the tasks that need to be done in order to achieve your goal.
  • Focus on one goal at a time.
  • Set time limits for completing tasks, and stick to them.
  • Eliminate distractions – ‘what is the most valuable use of my time right now’ is a question you should ask yourself often.
  • Practice mindfulness to stay in the present moment.
  • Set a specific day and time each week to work on your top priorities.
  • Celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem.
  • Work from your values, strengths and talents.

If you have completed my ‘5 days to find clarity, confidence and focus as you navigate midlife’ programme you will know your values well. Are you keeping them top of mind?

All views in this blog are the author’s own personal views who is a life coach, not a mental health counsellor or professional. No part of this article should be considered as professional mental health or medical advice.

If you are ready (or nearly!) to feel excited and motivated about what could be next for you in life and would like some 1 to 1 support email to arrange a free no-obligation 20 minute Zoom call. This gives us time together where we can explore if life coaching is right for you at this time.