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Four Steps to Develop a Focused Outlook and Achieve Your Goals

It's very difficult to achieve your goals if you lack focus. You'll find yourself meandering through life without anything significant to show at the end. And it happens to the best of us. When you allow yourself to "go with the flow," you'll likely come out as an underachiever.

What are you going to do about it? What changes do you need to make so you have more to show for your waking hours? Are you ready to make them? There's no better time than the present to get started.

Take these steps to develop a focused outlook and be on your way to living the life of your dreams:

  1. Know that you're the best. There isn't anyone better at what you do than you. The minute you start believing that, you'll start to pay keen attention to achieving your goals. Just the thought of being the best at something can drive you to give everything your all.
  • Self-belief is one of life's greatest gifts! It can help you to see mountains as mere bumps in the road. And once you have that attitude, very few things can stand in the way of your success.
  1. Set focus goals. If you haven't had much luck with focus in the past, this might be just what you need. Start out with smaller focus goals. Then, you can slowly work your way up to days, weeks, and months of dedication to the mission at hand.
  • Start off with a simple goal of five minutes. Challenge yourself to focus on a task or even an object for five minutes. Surprisingly, you might find it tough. But keep going until you've conquered that target.
  • Move on to ten minutes, then half an hour, and eventually a whole day. Be sure to master each goal before moving on to the next.
  • You can train your mind to become whatever you want it to be. Put the work in. You'll see the results down the road.
  1. Start each day with a creative task. Creative tasks usually bring out more focus than mundane activities. Your mind automatically goes into production mode. You can easily dedicate the time needed to get the job done.
  • I find journaling a great way to start the day, focus and creativity rolled into one. Do something that requires care and attention to engage your mind.
  • Make an effort to complete what you've started. When you see the finished product, you'll realize how capable you are when you focus.
  1. Develop commitment. This can be a challenge, but it's worth figuring out. Take small steps to commitment until you're comfortable with the concept. It helps you to embrace your goals wholeheartedly and work towards them with fervor.
  • Perhaps you can start out with caring for a pet. You know the animal relies on you for sustenance and companionship. Be that master. Commit to caring for another.
  • Move on to relationships with friends and family. Show them you care, and not only when it benefits you. Be unselfish and giving. Make an effort.

Developing a focused outlook takes some work. It isn't a walk in the park, but it can be so fulfilling. Give yourself the opportunity to achieve your goals. All it takes is a little dedication!

 

This week’s Creative Exercise

A simple activity that you can do to help prioritize and focus your energy on the people that matter most to you, the people that help you maximize the moments of joy in your life. It’s too easy to become distracted, and to focus on the negative things around you, this exercise can help with that. 

It can be helpful to focus on the people that make you smile, treat you right, and really have a positive influence in your life.

Use whatever supplies you like. This is meant to be as open and unique as you want with regards to the art you will create. This activity may need to be spread out over a few days.

Think of 5-15 people in your life that matter most to you. In other words, if you had to choose 5-15 people to go with you to a deserted island, who would they be? Write their names down, and try to limit who you take to 15.

Create a unique piece of art for each individual that reflects their relationship with you and why you chose them to go with you to the island. You can draw, paint, photograph, collage, craft, or sculpt anything you like. There are no limitations on the art materials you use or the art you create. It could be a poem or a painting, a card, or whatever you think fits best. 

When you’re done creating your pieces of artwork, you should have some newfound positive energy in your life that you can then put forth with the people you named. 

If you want, you can offer your art to them as a token of your appreciation for their positive influence in your life.

Watch Thursday for the release of this week's YouTube video on this project.

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Have an Amazingly Creative Day,

Larissa 

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