Staying Focused!

Is it POSSIBLE? To stay focused. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I have heard it all. I was NEVER that person, I could focus on the most minuscule thing possible and never lose concentration. Today, bahhh-humbug. What is going on? Is it boredom? Has my brain finally given into the temptations of being distracted by EVERYTHING. I know, it is a huge ordeal at this time in society. Kids cannot focus on one specific thing unless it’s their phone, then it is everything about the phone. Too much stimulation? Again, what happened to us adults (or what we consider as adults)?

I have read that brain stimulation increases creativity. So, maybe I need to find a creative outlet? Should I paint? Should I do crafts? Plant a garden? Build a house? Wait, I can barely focus on doing minor tasks for work or school, how can I focus on the details of creating something? Sure, it could be more fun or it could be boredom; or worse, lack of actually caring. Could that be it? Lack of caring. Wait, that feels more consistent with what I think is going on. I don’t actually care about what is going on around me. Work? Yeah, what of it. Doesn’t stimulate any emotional need to do good. School? Yeah, well it doesn’t give the satisfaction that I am accomplishing anything, anymore. So, what is happening then?

There may be something to this lack of caring scenario. I have read, re-read and found numerous stories about regaining focus, A.D.D. and A.D.H.D, but nothing seems to make sense and they are repetitive (each stating the same thing over and over). However, none are a cure for those, like me, who just lost their desire to focus. I used to be on top of my game at work, loved being the “Go To” person for what needed to be done (and done right). Now I know what needs to be done but cannot seem to find the gumption to care if I know the answer or if it’s right by anyone standards. Now, I am seeing this, FINALLY, after sitting a room full of my colleagues that seem to be really focused on what we were working on and knowing the who, what, where and why we were discussing. While I was sitting there trying to remember how or why I couldn’t remember what I have learned and taught many others. Hence, my current state of what happened? It’s not a disease because I am not sick, forgetful, or blacking out in any way (not that any of these are diseases but self-diagnosis of what I see that could be an issue). A lack of emotional connection and self-realization about what is or may be driving my mind to find what is more important for me. Now, staying focused to find my true purpose. Hold the phone…there are squirrels in the backyard. focus

The beginning of thoughtful evolution

We begin every day with a thought. What to wear, what to do, what to eat. As we learn more about ourselves and our surrounding environment we adapt our thoughts to be more relevant to the continuing evolution. Therefore, this is the beginning of my thoughts evolving, like my hair, my personality, my skin, and my age.

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While knowing, in some mindful capacity, we evolve from one stage in life to another. What we do to collectively share what we retain of mindful thinking may be about what is going on around us, what is within us, and most importantly, what is impacting us. This means being honest about where or who we are and what we believe about where we are going. Evolving into something more like we want, or more what we believe, or just more than what we are today. Whether in seriousness or just passing parody, it’s a great way to start the conversation!

So what are you doing about evolving your mindful thoughts?

Are your thoughts so caught up in just surviving that you mindlessly think about things you have to do? Are you effortlessly ‘just doing’ what you don’t have to think about? Yeah, I have been there, daily. I am not talking about thinking to solve world peace, but good for you if that is what you think about daily or at least annually. I am talking about the mindful thoughts about YOU. Who you are – to you. Do you think about how you talk to yourself or treat yourself? Maybe you do too much of that, think about yourself or maybe you don’t do it enough. Maybe, you do not mindfully think about anything but yourself. However, if you do, you might not actually know you do or admit that you do…so we move forward with what we know and believe. So let’s begin with thoughtfully evolving a thought.

How do you evolve a thought? Great question! We are all different but still learn in the same manner, by doing.

So right now stop thinking about multiple things, and just have one mindful thought. Yes, it can be about your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife/significant other, your job, or even your dog. Point being, you have only one thought. Now think about that chosen thought, and think about what you originally thought about that topic a month ago or a year ago and continue to go back until you see how your thoughts evolved to now.  It’s meant to be a fun exercise, not a chore!

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For example, today I was thinking about my education and where I want to go with it. Which led me thinking about how much time and energy I spend on ‘learning’. So I thought for a while HOW I got to my current belief and understanding about my education. Then WHAM! I got a dose of thoughtful evolution to my current state of mind about something I have been thinking about, consciously and unconsciously, all my life. Those horrible years of trying to be smarter than someone believe I would never be, leading me to today. Today, which could be any day for many years, where I mindfully want to evolve my thoughts to begin a new journey. I want to be thoughtful about my life, my choices, my unfathomable need to learn, and my future.

So please join me on a journey to find out things…yes, things. I don’t know what they will be but I do know they will be thoughtful and fun. Evolution is more than what or where we ‘think’ we came from.