What we put our attention on grows.
This was the topic of my yoga class last Saturday, and that thought has been on my mind ever since.
If what we put our attention on grows, are we focusing on the right things?
For the new year, this is my plan: To put my attention on what I want to grow and not what I don’t. Simple, right?
But what are those things, and how do we decide what we truly want to grow?
Decide what matters to you. What really matters. Not what pays the bills or makes other people happy. What moves your soul and makes you want to get out of bed in the morning.
For me, the first is easy. My girls. A no-brainer. They already are the focus of my attention and effort, so I feel confident that they receive the majority of my attention.
From there, the list becomes murky.
I’m sure your day is packed, like mine, and much of it is spent on putting out fires. I’m also sure you, like me, are on the very bottom of our to-do lists. So how do we move ahead?
With little steps and no judgement. So rather than thinking, “I don’t spend enough time on…” think: “I’m going to spend more time on…” Remove the negative.
I’m going to spend more time alone with my husband. Doing things we enjoy—like an escape to the movies, or sitting at the sushi bar sharing avocado and smoked salmon rolls. (Now all I want is sushi… 😉 )
I’m going to spend more time taking yoga classes. As a teacher and studio manager, I work more than I practice. A lot more. Time to take more classes.
Finally, my writing. Sure I focus on commitments and meeting deadlines, but I’m going to focus on what I want to build as the next step in my career.
These are just a few places where I’m going to put my attention, knowing they will in turn, grow. What are those places for you?