F is for Focus
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. “
What we focus on expands. Many people have been attributed with saying, “Energy flows where attention goes,” and whether the energy is positive or negative, this is true for everyone. No one is exempt from this universal law.
If you want to become a musician for example, then you must place your attention on that. In doing so your energy will flow there.
To achieve success, you have to practice by visualizing and then becoming the thing it is that you want. If you direct your attention towards this thing, then the energy inside you flows directly to it.
This means you have to do the things a musician would do. You must write music, learn instruments, practice singing, learn about the mixing equipment and find places to practice living in front of people. Essentially you must focus most of your energy and attention on that thing.
If instead, you say I’ll start tomorrow, I’m too tired right now, or I’ll start later, then your energy is directly tied up in procrastination and since your attention is not on becoming a musician anymore, then you will not become that thing.
When I first started writing, I had no experience. I didn’t even know the difference between a noun and a verb.
I did know, however, that to become a writer there is only one way. I had to immerse myself in the craft. I had to focus my energy and attention on writing by sitting down and forcing myself to write. So that’s what I did.
Every day and unsure what to write, I would set a timer and write down whatever came into my head until the timer went off.
After doing this month after month, I slowly found my style and progressively got better.
The reason is that I focused all my attention on becoming a writer; as such my energy started flowing to where my attention was going. There is no other way to achieve the things you want.
The more you find your passions, purpose and principles, the easier it becomes until one day, you reflect quickly on your journey and realize that your time and energy have been steadily flowing where you put your attention.
Go into your memory bank right now and recall a time when you were stuck in a state of being mad or upset and couldn’t get unstuck. The reason is that negative energy was flowing to that thought or situation, and that energy directed your attention to the loop that got you stuck in the first place.
The flip side of that coin is that we have all had moments when our energy was so bright and radiant that even an energy vampire crossing our path could not disrupt it. That is because our focus was on something greater.
By focusing all your time and energy on your dreams, that reality will expand until you become that thing.
Ask yourself where is your attention flowing? If you don’t like the answer, then focus your energy and attention on your dreams until they become a reality.