I’ve really been thinking about this given the cascading financial & political events. A goal for many of you, is similar to mine, i.e., positive, mindful clarity. Do you pay attention to your attention?
Right now, I attending to my intention of positive, mindful clarity. I consider the answers to these questions:
What am I doing?
Why am I doing what I’m doing?
What is the outcome of this focus and this work?
Would it be easy to become fearful and even despondent? Uh, yes. And neither I, my family, nor anyone else would be served by that.
Pay attention to your attention.
I don’t think any of us need to be wearing rose-colored glasses (as I have been accused of more than once lately and during other times of my life). I think it’s knowing that we want positive energy and therefore, we will attend to growing our businesses, expanding our reach, trying some new things, being creative, and figuring out alternatives.
Your energy will go where your attention does.
Where do you want your energy to be? Put your attention there…often.
I often say that I am not a big fan of tattoos, however there are certain phrases that I often think should be put on permanent display. This quote is one of those. I have been practically chanting it to myself lately.
“Remember, where our attention goes our energy flows.” ~ Patricia Diane Cota-Robles
People around you may be working very hard to draw your attention to places where you don’t want it to go. How can you keep that from happening?
It takes energy to ward off this negative energy…yet how can you do the creative, thoughtful, meaningful work that you need to if you’re mired down in the muck?
The Picture of Where You Want to Be
We can picture the most horrible outcomes possible or we can picture something that is not so horrible (and is actually more likely). Which is the better picture to be carrying around in your head? We do all kinds of funny things to get rid of actual photographs that don’t show us in our most flattering light…yet, we often put far less energy into getting rid of mental pictures and scenarios that aren’t so positive.
Here’s a way to think about it:
The best way to rid ourselves of a bad habit is to replace that habit with another one. Replace the pictures that are causing you to be either over- or underwhelmed with pictures that show you
- handling situations with grace
- coming up with solutions
- being creative in finding answers
- trying out some new behaviors
- feeling light and your being
- and whatever other positive pictures you want to have…because it’s where you want to be.
Hey, it’s worth a try, isn’t it?