What You Focus On Grows

focus leadership Mar 23, 2020

Have you (like us) had the same conversation with various people at least 50 times in the last week?

You know the one I'm talking about. It starts with something like, "Things are crazy, right?" or "Wild times, eh?" or "Everything is so weird right now", etc.

And how many times do you check the news every day?... (including the news feed on your phone, the internet, and social media).

In times like these, it is completely understandable to want to stay informed, and we SHOULD. It's totally understandable to feel uncertain, worried, or down right scared at times as well, and we have to recognize and acknowledge those emotions.

BUT, it's also time to be proactive and be a voice of positivity and LEADERSHIP in the world, because, simply stated...

What you focus on grows.

So now that we've all had some time to process everything that's happening, we're inviting you to be very purposeful about where you put your focus. (See our Leadership Resource article further down for a helpful activity).

Here are some quick suggestions:

  1. Put limits to the times where you check the news - maybe limit yourself to one hour of evening news for the daily recap, and that's it. That way, you stay informed, but you peel yourself away from constantly being exposed to the feelings of worry in the world.

  2. Be purposeful about focusing on who needs your leadership right now, and what you can do to serve them. Serving others also lifts us (as we'll discuss in next week's free webinar).

  3. Be more proactive and less reactive. Think about things that you want to work on/accomplish and let your focus grow there. Spend time with your family. Work out. Get a good night's sleep. If you have children, read with them, play games, etc. Believe it or not, times like these have tremendous potential for being remembered down the road as "the good old days" if our focus is right.

  4. "Find the happy!" as my brilliant, Red, wife likes to say when things don't go according to plan. We have even made it a habit to ask our kids, "How can you find the happy in this situation?", and they're pretty good at seeing it when they try.

  5. Remember that the bigger the challenge, the greater the opportunity. The world needs you now more than ever. Be your best self. Offer your most generous leadership, and don't be afraid to shine brighter than you ever have before!

  6. Ask for help if you need it.
    • REDS can help you stay focused, and they're great to run things by because of their decisiveness and logic.
    • BLUES can help you understand how to get connected (or re-connected) with others and how to process complex emotions.
    • WHITES can help you calm down, gain some much-needed perspective, and find the balance you need.
    • YELLOWS can help you stay positive, happy and optimistic. They see silver linings even in the darkest of clouds and are willing to share.

Now go out and INSPIRE people this week!

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