Losing Focus on Your Goals
and How to
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Losing focus on what is truly important in our lives is something that happens to just about all of us in varying degrees from time to time. It is almost impossible for a human being to remain constantly, one hundred percent focused on anything and this can be a good thing. Total single-minded determination can easily tiptoe into obsession, and this is more intensity than most of us want to experience in creating a balanced and happy life.
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While losing focus is a very normal thing to experience, catching this loss of focus before we veer too far from the path we want to be on allows us to refocus more easily and get back on track. Whether we have allowed ourselves to drift, or to be pulled off-course, a simple realization that for whatever reason, we are currently less than focused enables us to begin bringing ourselves back into a state of greater clarity and direction.
Being aware of whether or not we are currently focused in the direction that is moving towards where we really want to go is easier than most people realize. Quite simply, if you are experiencing negative emotion; whether it is mild like irritation, or stronger like discouragement, this is an indication that the direction in which you are currently focused, or the perception you are holding of the direction, is not aligned with your true desires. In other words, knowing whether you are presently losing focus and a sense of clarity and purpose is as straightforward as noticing how you feel.
A very simplistic but very helpful reminder is that if it feels wrong, it is
. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the action you are taking is wrong, but simply that you haven’t yet mentally and emotionally aligned yourself with
the action. Your perception is that this action is moving you away from where you want to go; perhaps by way of logistics, or perhaps simply by way of the conflicting emotions that are being created, and it is within this internal tug-of-war that losing focus and clarity occurs. The choice at this time is either to bring your thoughts and feelings into alignment with the action you are taking, or to choose a different action that feels easier to align with.
The thing is, though, that when you have chosen to take a certain action, it is often because you believe that it is the best alternative, so it may very well be easier to talk yourself into the potential rightness of what you have already chosen, than to backtrack and switch to making another choice that seemed less obvious to you at the time of choosing. There is no right and wrong with most things, it is simply a case of being able to feel
right with whatever you are doing. So much of the sense of losing focus comes from a disconnection with whatever is happening in the moment, and how this moment is exactly as it should be and is a perfect part of the journey you are on.
Becoming too caught up in the day to day details of life can also lead to an experience of losing focus on the big picture. Techniques like visualization, vision boards, affirmations, and vision statements can help us to keep our eyes on the road ahead, rather than falling into the trap of looking down at where we are, or back at where we’ve been.
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It is good too, to remember that a winding path doesn’t necessarily mean we are off track. Sometimes taking a few meandering side roads might mean a slower journey, but it may also mean extra fun and experiences on the way. At times we may even need
to run into an occasional ditch or bramble bush as a way of becoming more resourceful, resilient and determined. And taking a seemingly meandering journey is not always a sign of losing focus. We can be focused generally on the direction we want to go without being rigidly determined to walk a straight and narrow path to our destination. As you may well have heard, a pilot flies at least marginally off-course for a great proportion of the journey, and yet arrives at the destination as planned, and this concept can certainly translate to our lives.
The most intense sense of losing focus is losing the sense of connection with your own inner being or higher self, and while this can feel truly awful, the wonderful truth is that your inner being never loses connection with you. However far you may feel from a sense of deep connectedness, it is only a case of looking within and allowing your inner being to gently welcome you back.
Above all, don’t be overly concerned about losing focus. Regaining it is never out of reach, and the more often you consciously focus yourself back into alignment with who you really are and what you really want, the easier and more natural it will become.
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