Shift your focus

I've used the word "focus" in over 20% of my blog posts. Perhaps I need to buy a thesaurus. Or perhaps focus is something that's really important to me.

Like many others, I believe what we focus on grows. I believe what we focus on determines how we view our situations. I believe if we change our focus, we can change our lives.

Last week I wrote about how anxious I was for my trip to Dallas. Why was I so anxious? Because I kept thinking about how anxious I was. I focused on all that could go wrong, so my worries increased.

This Tuesday night I was pretty grumpy. It had been a draining day and all I could think about was what wasn't working. My mood had soured to the point where I think you could have given me $100 and I would have complained it wasn't $150. I went to bed determined to make the following day a better one.

So yesterday morning, as soon as I got downstairs I pulled out my journal and listed all the things that are going well in my life. It's a long list! I have so much to be grateful for. I just had to put my focus there. Once I did, my day turned out pretty well. I had a long list of to-dos but I tackled them by focusing on one item at a time. Spending those few minutes shifting my focus made the rest of the day so much better. Too bad I didn't just do that Tuesday night!

Feeling sad? Mad? Overwhelmed? Frustrated? Discouraged?

Shift your focus.

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