The picture above was taken for a contest with BarkBox for our monthly subscription. As you can see, Maximus is laser-focused on anything he deems to be resembling food or a squeaky toy. Food/toys give Maximus instant gratification. There is no obstacle that he won’t try to tackle if there is food or a toy on the other side. As a 10 lb, short-legged pup, that’s not always easy, but he makes it happen.
So, I ask you:
Where is Your Focus?
Your focus determines your efforts and your attitude. Are you focusing on the things you can’t control or impact?
We all have the same 24 hours in a day. Those that are productive, positive, and are intentional in their focus will make the most of that time. Those that choose to be bystanders in their life will not.
Spending time worrying about things we can’t control is a complete waste of time. If you are doing that as an employee, you are wasting your employer’s resources – YOU. No one wants to waste the company’s resources, right? Right.
Mistakes Distract Us:
If you made a mistake at work, focus on making amends, and move forward. Do not dwell on something you can’t change. Put that effort into restoring trust, repairing relationships, improving processes, etc.
Changes Distract Us:
I was speaking with someone earlier this week about changes going on at work. She has been through some ownership changes, and her role has changed as a result.
“I can’t believe how much things have changed in such a short period of time. I don’t see a future there anymore, and I thought I was going to retire from there.”
My friend allowed herself to grieve the disappointment, and then she moved forward, focusing on her time on where she could make an impact with her team and her internal customers while looking for another job. I have no doubt whatsoever that she will land on her feet, and she is being smart while she deals with her emotions surrounding her disappointment.
Drama Distracts Us:
Don’t allow your focus to be altered by drama. If you find yourself getting sucked in, start asking yourself questions to access the other part of your brain and make sure you have your story straight. Remember that you are not a victim of your emotions. The only person that can control you is you. Don’t get emotionally highjacked.