3 Tips: Focus On One Thing at a Time
Have you ever had so many ideas about something, that you became too overwhelmed to even take action?
Have you ever jumped into a new idea that seemed promising, only to later find out that it's got nothing to do with who you are?
Having too many ideas, and not enough focus is one the most common causes of overwhelm that we face as spiritual and creative entrepreneurs.
Learning how to focus on one thing at a time is easier said than done, but it CAN be done!
In one of my favorite quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson, he says, "Do the thing and you will have the power."
In other words—the clarity you seek comes AFTER you take action, not before!
So, if you're suffering from shiny object syndrome or too many ideas syndrome,
Then, I'd like to share 3 tips for how to focus on one thing at a time. Each has been helpful for clarity and focus along my journey.
Tip #1: Keep a brain book
Keep a brain book (miniature note pad) with you at all times, and use it jot down any epiphanies on the go.
Not only will this help you to remember your big aha's, but it also quiets the amount of noise in your head because you know subconsciously that you've written your ideas down in a safe place.
Therefore, there's less compulsion to think about everything at the same time.
Later, you may discover that some of the ideas aren't even inspiring to you. Perhaps you were just in the moment when you wrote them down, and now you can discard them.
Tip #2: Journal daily
Journal daily about who you are for at least 5 minutes.
What inspires you? What are your values, beliefs, and passions?
Also, use your journal to challenge fears with the following prompts:
"If I__________, then___________."
"If I don't___________, then_________"
This will reveal any limiting beliefs or judgments you may be holding about your ideas and the potential consequences of acting (or not acting) on them.
You can then challenge those beliefs or judgments by asking, "is this true?"
Journaling about what most inspires you on a regular basis can also help you understand your 'why' by leaving a documented trail of proof over time that you can refer back to at a later time.
This will help you to identify and focus in on only those ideas that are in alignment with who you are.
In time, you will get better at focusing on one thing at a time because you'll begin to see how purpose is always linked to your greatest inspiration.
Tip #3: Start a Blog
Start a blog as pilot test for your ideas so that you can see what's the real value and intention behind them.
You may discover (after a few articles) that you're NOT actually as passionate as you thought about a particular idea.
Therefore, you can cross it off your list, and narrow your focus to what IS most inspiring to you, and keep moving onward!
Did you find this information helpful? If so post your comment below!
In Peace & Beauty,