I saw a cute meme recently. The headline of the meme was: This is why dogs are happier
The photo showed a man and his dog sitting next to each other. The man had multiple thought bubbles. There were thoughts of
- A car
- A plane
- A house
Then there was the dog. The dog had one thought bubble:
- The dog and man sitting together
What Are You Focusing On?
This meme shows us something. We’re often lost in thought. We’re not lost in the moment.
Our minds are racing. Thoughts of our house, the next fancy car, or how we’re going to make money run through our minds.
These thoughts crowd out what is happening around us. Our focus isn’t on the present moment. Our focus is on everything else.
We need to become more like the dog.
We need to calm our minds. We need to learn to focus on what is perfect… What is in front of us at the moment.
We cannot impact the world by thinking about 10,000,000 things all at once. This causes chaos in our mind.
Instead, let’s work at focusing on one or two important things at a time.
Things we could work to focus on:
- Our spouse
- Our children
- The problem of one employee
- Our dog
- The next email to come in
- Your next move in business
Instead of focusing on everything at one time, we can focus on one or two important things. This allows us to work on those specific items or tasks. Once those are completed, we can begin to look at what comes next.
Don’t let the clutter of your mind push out everything that is important. Focus on decluttering your mind and focusing on what is right in front of you (and it shouldn’t be your phone!).
As you do this, you’ll discover that you are:
- More content
- Less anxious
- Truly focused
Can I challenge you today? Today’s challenge is to declutter your mind. Stop thinking of everything else that is going on around you while you spend time with your loved ones or your coworkers. Focus on them, their issues, and what you can do to make things better.
I believe if you begin to implement this challenge, you will find yourself focusing on the right things more often.
Give it a go. Let me know how it worked out for you.