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25

Keep Your Eyes On The Prize!

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Focusing is about saying No to Distractions. – Steve Jobs

GINGERISM 101As autumn sets in, the days are beginning to get colder here in Toronto. However the squirrels are still out and about foraging for their daily food and when we go out for walks Ginger is often to be seen chasing after them and then sitting at the foot of a tree looking up with extreme focus on a squirrel that has just scampered up the tree leaving its food behind.

No amount of appeals or blandishments deter her from her Focus as she patiently waits eyes fixed on the prize as it swings from branch to branch looking for any alternate way to descend without raising any alarm in the little dog sitting below with extreme determination, for all the world as though her tiny tail had clamped her body firmly in a sitting position into the ground.

And I realize she has her eyes fixed on the prize even when I see her blondly sitting under the one tree when the squirrel has darted away down the trunk of another tree a few yards away. On one occasion, assuming that Ginger had wandered away, a different squirrel came down the tree under which she was holding vigil. And the delighted puppy gave chase all over again! The implications of lack of focus are many– and it can sabotage your life in ways that you may not suspect.  At best, you may not get the prize you are hoping for…a promotion at work, a client with whom you have been courting business or even just getting a date!

More seriously however, you may develop mental and physical health issues and it could put a severe strain on personal and work relationships.

Severe and continued lack of focus can indicate that you may have ADD/ADHD which can affect adults as well as children. But, most people who suffer from lack of focus have a temporary condition that can possibly be treated or reversed.

If you’re suffering from lack of focus in some or all areas of your life, aspects of your life may be headed straight downhill. For example, if you’re finding it difficult to focus at work, you may not get that raise or promotion.

Here are five common ways that lack of focus can sabotage your life:

  1. Depression– Lack of focus can make you extremely unhappy in both your personal and business life. You aren’t living in the present moment or focusing on what you’re currently engaged with and spend hours on mindless activities and busy work that yields no results.
  2. Fatigue– Lack of focus and flitting from one thing to another without any end in sight can cause severe mental and emotional fatigue. You may begin sleeping more than you should and take many naps during the daytime or have bouts of sleeping less so that you wake up exhausted and unrefreshed. You may even find it increasingly harder to even function normally.
  3. Ill Health– You may be affected physically by lack of focus. Decreased energy levels may make it difficult for you to get enough exercise, follow a healthy diet and this in turn could make you more susceptible to various illnesses– both chronic and temporary.
  4. Inability to Cope– When you suffer from lack of focus, you may feel mentally exhausted and unable to deal with even the simplest aspects of everyday life. Mental exhaustion can also keep you from achieving deadlines at the workplace or concentrating on a difficult task and seeing it through completion.
  5. Procrastination– An inability to focus may put you at high risk for procrastinating about important things on your ‘to-do’ list. This, in turn, causes high anxiety and more stress as one thing leads to another causing the fabric of everyday life to wear thin and then shred to pieces. It can become a vicious cycle that’s difficult to break.

Lack of focus can cause hardships in every area of your life. Relationships could be greatly affected because when you lack focus, your mind tends to be scattered. Your personality changes and you become more irritable, impatient and forgetful.

For some, lack of focus can become a habit that’s difficult to overcome. But, there are ways to fight back and regain your concentration powers. There are many online sites that can help, but if the problem continues, you should discuss it with your healthcare provider and get the help you need. It may be you need medical help, not just will power. Whatever the issue that’s getting in the way of your ability to achieve results, address it sooner rather than later at the first instance you notice it.

After all, Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize, like Ginger does, is the only way you will get the results you want. When did you last find yourself losing Focus on what needed to be done?

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