Getting rid of the noise

Focus

Focus is a word that’s thrown around a lot.

“You have to focus on your career, focus on your family, focus on getting your life in order…”

I see a lack of focus on at least 90% of the people in the gym every time I’m in there.

There’s so much in gym’s these days that are there to break your focus, and people play right into them. TV’s, magazines, friends in the gym, even machines that make things easier instead of making the workouts harder.

Focus is something needed in all aspects of life if you’re going to succeed.

I’m not speaking from a “holier than thou” position. I catch myself losing focus on a daily basis, mainly when it comes to work. I’ve got ideas popping into my head every minute, and instead of focusing on the task at hand I often pursue those ideas, research them, write about them, then realize I’ve forgotten to do what I sat down to get done.

I heard a great quote the other day, “if you’re working, then work, and if you’re playing, then play.”

If you’re trying to work while you’re playing, your play isn’t going to be very enjoyable; the same goes with playing while you’re working. You’re not going to do your work with the same quality as you would if you were more focused on the task at hand, and you’re not going to get as much done either.

A lot of it comes down to being in the moment and shutting out the noise. For some of us it’s harder, but it’s something we all have to work on.

What I see in the gym is people not being in the moment. They’re basically wasting space, then complaining that they’re not getting results.

I was there, I know the mentality and it wasn’t until I learned how to be in the moment, even in the weight room, that I truly started seeing quality in my work and in my workouts.

When you’re in the gym or on the golf course, shut your cell phone off and enjoy. If you’re at work try focusing in 20 minute spurts, get great work done, and then reward yourself with a walk or a glass of water – I’m sure you could come up with a better reward J

Focus exercise

Step 1

Write down the 3 things that bring you the most success and that you do best with your job, your 3 strengths.

Examples: writing, teaching, learning from successful people, research, social media, building relationships…

Step 2

Write down every activity you do during the day. Everything.

Examples: eating, talking on the phone, writing, meetings, texting, surfing the internet, watching tv, laughing…

Step 3

Identify what percentage of your day is spent doing what gives you the most success; what percentage of your day is spent on your 3 strengths.

The goal is to be at 80%. If you’re anywhere close to that number you’re doing great. I was at about 30% the first time I did this, and boy do I need to work on it!

Hope this helps, good luck!