Shift 9 – Category Two
Your Word is Law, Centering and Affirming your Intentions
Why would anyone want to spend the time to ‘master their focus’?
Because whatever you pay a lot of attention to in life, you get more of the same.
Focus and Mindfulness
If you focus on doughnuts, cupcakes, pie and ice cream all day, you go home and eat it despite your best intentions.
On the other hand if you intend to live healthy and mostly have these kind of thoughts, you stay on track, even with a few treats now and then.
If you run an attention deficit because you distract yourself with mindless media, cell phones, text messages, phone calls, TV and related scattered activities, this have long-term effects on your brain. Take at look around you at the myriad people who can’t enter into a conversation for more than a minute, without being distracted by the ‘shiny and new.’ They try out every program on the market, committing to none.
If you unconsciously daydream most of the time, you don’t get realistic solutions to your problems.
In a nutshell, the lack of focus means it’s harder to reach your goals, whether they are wellness goals or your other important priorities.
Your Word is Law:
Your brain listens, consciously or otherwise, to your words. And your words have power. It is essential to keep your word to yourself, otherwise if you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust? If you say you are going to do something, do it. Don’t promise anything to anyone including yourself, until you have the grit and gall to carry it out. At least try.
When life gets crazy and we are out of balance, we need to find a stable ‘safe harbor’ within in order to feel grounded. How do you center yourself emotionally when the ‘outer and inner storms’ are brewing? Do you meditate or have moments of quiet reflection throughout each day? Are you easily distracted or can you stay focused on the issue at hand?
Concentration also helps eliminate distractions when we are trying to find the right answers. Concentration also seems to bring answers ‘out of nowhere’ (nowhere = now here) when we are committed to finding them.
Meditation is scientifically proven to reduce stress. And stress is a MAJOR factor in the causation and perpetuation of many diseases. Simple and natural meditations are easy to do, such as being aware of your breathing while being still or walking in nature with awareness. Technique is secondary to intention.
Mindfulness is a way of living in the moment. Capturing your ‘mindful moments’ helps energize mind and body which results in less stress.
Affirmation Your Intentions:
An affirmation is a declaration that something is true. Affirmations help you to develop a positive mindset. They help you stay on track when you say them with emotion and strong intention. They program your unconscious mind to help instead of hinder you. Well crafted affirmations send your intentions into the world.
What do you want and why do you want it? Is there a powerful emotional reason behind your desire? If you get your wants and needs met, what will be the ‘payoff’?
How committed are you to following through with the promises you make to yourself? Have you developed the skill of persistence to complete your plans?