“You don’t get results by focusing on results. You get
results by focusing on the actions that produce results.”
– Mike Hawkins
What is the Most Crucial Element for Success?
One of the key ingredients to success is the focus. Focus acts as a gateway to all your thinking mechanisms such as memory, problem solving, decision making, learning, and perception. Therefore, it’s very important to know how to increase focus if you want to achieve success.
Why Learn to Focus?
We live in an era of multi-taskers i.e. many people have the ability to carry out different tasks at the same time. Reality is when you are handling several things at the same time, you are likely to make more mistakes. Your quality of work is affected. So, the end results might not be as good as you expected them to be.
How to Focus?
We have all experienced our mind racing… twirling thousands of thoughts which makes it hard to focus.
What about the times when you are doing something very important, and then a random thought out of nowhere will pop into your mind? This thought may quite likely take away all your attention while your important work is still on the table. You know this is unfair but what to do?
The mind is a wanderer and it will jump from one thought to another and the pattern goes on. This ability of mind makes it challenging to focus on the work you are doing. So, to increase your focus you will need to learn Mindfulness. Being mindful simply means being aware of your thoughts and what is happening in the present moment-to-moment.
Listed below are 4 easy mindful exercises which can help you in increasing your focus:
- The Hand Exercise
Grasp your hands tightly for about 10 seconds and then release them. Now focus on how your hands feel and stay focused for as long as you can or till that feeling goes away.
- The Mental Focus Exercise
Place an object in front of you and start focusing on it. Stare softly at the object as long as you can. Keep a check on when your mind begins to wander, acknowledge the thoughts which it brings and then lovingly bring it back to the object you were focusing. The longer you are able to focus on the object, the more your mindfulness will increase. In time this will enhance your focusing abilities. (You could also focus on your breathing.)
- The Music Exercise
Play your favourite music… listen to it mindfully. Pay a close attention to how that music makes you feel. Particularly, what emotions does it bring out? If some memories begin surfacing – then how do those memories make you feel? You may choose to also engage with your emotions to know where they would take you.
- The EFT Exercise
EFT means “Emotional Freedom Techniques” and is a powerful self-help method often described as “Emotional Acupressure”. In essence, EFT uses elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combines them with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on acupuncture points.
The basic technique requires you to focus on the negative emotion at hand: a fear or anxiety, a bad memory, an unresolved problem, or a ruminating thought. While maintaining your mental focus on this issue, use your fingertips to tap 5-7 times each on 9 of the body’s meridian points. Tapping on these meridian points – whilst concentrating on accepting and resolving the negative emotion – will allow you to access your body’s energy, restoring it to a balanced state.
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog about the best Mindfulness practices to enhance Focus.
Stay victorious! xx