Focus Off? Learn How to Sustain Focus with This Simple Exercise


Focus Off, Frank Coppola, new yorkWe human beings have a difficult time focusing. Our inability to focus has us unable to pay attention which affects our productivity and effectiveness. So you can see how this could be a dilemma in all areas of our lives whether at work, home and/or relationship. Lack of focus can cause stress which as we know will affect our health over time. The cost for lack of focus can be enormous. We can see the importance. How can we stay focused. Let’s take a look first at the word focus:

The etymology of focus is from the Latin word “hearth, fireplace,” of unknown origin, used in post-classical times for “fire” itself, taken by Kepler (1604) in a mathematical sense for “point of convergence,” perhaps on analogy of the burning point of a lens (the purely optical sense of the word may have existed before 1604, but it is not recorded).

How can we learn to pay attention easier and how can we learn to be more focused? What keeps us focused and how can we stay focused on those things that are working so we can get the results we desire.

One way is what I call ADDing Perspective. ADDing Perspective encourages you to see yourself and the world through a new, improved set of lenses. The new, improved set of lenses stresses interest and curiosity. Our lack of focus is mostly likely connected to those things that will have us bored, disinterested, under-engaged, over stimulated and various levels of stress. If anyone of these is present most likely you will not be able to focus.

Are there places and situations in your life where you may be bored, disinterested and alike? If you wish to become more focused, I recommend you try this exercise.

Write down when your focus is off. Keep a record of the times you were able to sustain focus and times when you couldn’t. You’ll start to see a pattern. The patterns are situational. By isolating and becoming aware of the times and places you lose focus, you’ll be better able to develop the first principle of focus – pay attention to what you are paying attention to – make the one thing, the one thing. Another idea is to work with an executive business coach.

An executive business coach’s job is to watch, listen, and observe what, how and where you’re focused or when you lose focus. Our productivity and results are tied to those things in our lives that breed success. We want to focus on what is working to have success. With the proper training and practice, you will be able to sustain focus.

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