“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.” – Henry Ford
Too often, we focus on what we want to avoid, rather than on our intention. This is a natural human behavior, but a very disruptive one, since whatever we focus on materializes. If we focus on negative people and things, then the universe conspires to send us more negative people and things. If we focus on positive people and things, that is what we tend to get.
Have you ever had the experience of driving and notice a distraction or obstacle, and the more you focus on it the more you tend to be drawn to it? If you go to a good driving school, they will always remind you to look where you want to go, and the car will be pulled in the direction of your focus.
Similarly, have you ever been in a group conversation where someone brings up a slightly negative topic, like the poor weather for instance, and within minutes everyone is talking about the negative subject? We get more of whatever we focus on. That’s the way our brains are wired.
Get into the habit of focusing on your intention and how to achieve it. Ultimately, this is the best way to stay motivated over a long period of time. Be constantly mindful of what is the most important thing to achieve. By focusing on that intention, you can move significant forces (both internal and external) in your world in order to make it happen. Here are four practical tips on how to focus on your intention: Avoid All Negativity at All Times. Don’t talk about it, don’t think about it, and don’t let anyone near you be negative. Treat it like a virus that must be avoided for you to stay alive. Negativity will crowd out your intention. Write Down Your Goals Daily. This simple act will reinforce your intention in your mind and will help you stay focused on what’s important. It takes less than one or two minutes to write down your most important goals. Eliminate Excessive Media. Seriously consider going on a media detox by disconnecting the TV, turning off all devices for the evening and eliminating most media from your life. This will remove the clutter from your thinking and let you focus on what’s most important. Focus on How You Are Going to Achieve Your Intentions. Do this so you are not only focused on what you want to achieve, but also on how you’re going to achieve it. Break your intention down into bite-sized pieces, so you can determine what you need to do today, tomorrow and going forward in order to achieve that goal.
Eamonn has a B. Eng. (Electrical) from Lakehead University, MBA (Finance) from University of Toronto, and has completed Executive Education at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He lives in Vancouver, Canada. Follow him on twitter @EamonnPercy.