What you focus on grows!


Today I had the absolute coolest thing happen. While it’s probably not cool to admit this, I’m still that teenage boy inside that still finds sports and music just magical. So when a rock hero of mine saw and retweeted a post of mine promoting an interview I did with him a couple years prior I was just elated. So I shared that with our members in an email that went out.

Following that email I received an email from our team that a member had responded with not so flattering words. Apparently they had quit our membership without notifying us and were still on our list.  So they sent a snippy email back. No big deal as these things happen but it reminded me of a coaching call I just had with a client on ruling the day.

Everyday we are faced with both positive and negative situations. What we focus on will magnify. If we do not deal with them properly they will become inflated enough to overshadow the life giving rewards we could be experiencing. 

So here are some tips to stay focused on the life giving rewards you can experience each day.

The more positive you are, the more positive you’ll stay.

The more positive you are, the more positive you’ll stay.

Positive thoughts lead to positive results and negative thoughts lead to negative results. It’s a simple choice that we all have the power to make—to think positively or negatively. But if it’s so easy, why aren’t we all doing it? Simple: because of habits formed over years of living life in a certain way. If your default position is pessimism and self-doubt, then naturally these will surface when faced with difficult situations or challenges that require flexibility and innovation. But there’s no need for this—you can choose to be more positive instead of negative! Negative thinking is like any other habit; it takes time and effort but once broken, leaves you free from its influence on your life forever.

The more productive you are, the more productive you will be.

The more you do, the more you get done. The more efficiently you use your time, the more time you have to do things. The less stressed you are, the happier and healthier your life will be. The more productive you are and successful as a result of that productivity, then the better off everyone around you will be in terms of how much they can accomplish with their lives.

The key is prioritization: focus on what’s important first so that when it comes down to making choices about what additional tasks need to accomplished for this project or task at hand (and even during those times where there’s no clear priority), one can easily see what needs immediate attention versus what can wait until later because everything else is already taken care of (or at least getting closer).

The more rewarding your relationships, the healthier and happier your life will be.

In a world where we are constantly plugged into our phones and computers, it is easy to forget that the most important part of our lives is relationships. We all need other people to be happy and healthy, whether it’s a romantic partner or just your best friend. The more you invest in your relationships with other people, the more you will get back from them.

The right relationships can make you a better person—and not just through interaction with the other person themselves (though that can happen too). If someone makes us feel good about ourselves and encourages us to be ourselves, we are likely to want to reciprocate those feelings for them as well! When this happens between two people who care about each other deeply enough, something beautiful happens: They begin learning from one another; each person becomes better than they would have been had they remained alone.

The more you reach for personal growth, the more likely you are to achieve it.

The more you focus on personal growth, the more likely you are to achieve it.

The logic is simple: The more you learn and grow, the more valuable you will be to your employer. The more valuable you are to your employer, the better your chances of getting a raise or promotion (or both). And once other people recognize how much value they can get from working with you—by seeing your accomplishments and recognizing all that learning and growing—they’ll want to work with you too!

It’s also important not just because of what it does for others but also because focusing on ourselves helps us feel good about ourselves as well. We can put our best foot forward when we know what makes us great at what we do…and personal growth is an essential part of knowing who we really are so that we can use our talents in ways that matter most.

The more you hone your professional skill sets, the better equipped you’ll be for career advancement.

If you’re serious about advancing your career and achieving the goals you set for yourself, it’s important to hone your professional skill sets. The more you know about how to perform tasks at work, the better equipped you’ll be for opportunities that come along. That’s why it’s important to seek out ways of improving your professional skill sets on a regular basis—whether that means taking online courses or reading books on leadership skills.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a manager or an entry-level employee; honing your professional skill sets has never been more important than now.

The healthier you are spiritually, the more meaning and purpose you’ll find in life.

To achieve the kind of spiritual health that will help you be more successful in life, consider the following:

  • What does God say about you?

  • What purpose and meaning have you found in the struggles you have overcome? 
  • What could you achieve if put all your faith in the one who called, created, and has commissioned you?
  • How much time do you spend daily on focusing on God’s ideas and ways of thinking to challenge your own?

The better care of your physical health that you take, the healthier your life will be overall.

  • Exercise can help you sleep better and feel more energized throughout the day.

  • Regular physical activity may reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer.

  • It’s important to get enough sleep each night (around seven hours).


So, get busy. Take stock of your life, identify areas where you can improve and then set out to do just that. It’s all about focus—the more positive you are about yourself and your surroundings the better off you’ll be!

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