Do You Have These “Focusing Tools” Ready?

“When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.” –Michael Leboeuf

Those that have coached with me, know that I’m a big fan of list-making. It’s a powerful, yet simple exercise that opens the doors to profound insight into what “exactly” is rolling around in our brains. I’m not talking about grocery lists here. I’m talking about lists that pertain to the goal that you’re trying to achieve.

By making lists of specific questions that I ask, my clients have discovered things about themselves that they didn’t know before. They have discovered passions, motivations and obstacles (some of which had gone unnoticed before). And if they couldn’t come up with much of a list…well, that helped them to discover something, too (it usually points to some sort of obstacle there).

List making works best when someone (like a Life Coach) asks you the questions that pertain specifically to what you’re trying to achieve. But there still are benefits to be had when making general lists. I don’t know what you are trying to accomplish in your life but here are a few general lists that might help you gain some awareness in your life.

List 12 things that you are good at. It can be anything from building a house to tying your shoe.

List 7 things you do for fun. (From throwing a party to watching a movie)

If you could wave a magic wand and change 3 areas of your life, what would they be? (Self-explanatory, right?)

I challenge you to make at least one of those lists and leave a comment about any new awareness that you might have discovered about yourself, in the process.

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5 comments on “Do You Have These “Focusing Tools” Ready?
  1. Jackie Nagel says:

    Excellent and insightful information, Lori. For small business owners, one of the most profound strategies is doing what you’re best at.

  2. Coach Lori says:

    Thanks, Jackie. And yes, you’re right, that is a profound strategy for small business owners to do what they’re best at.

    It just seems that many times, what they’re best at goes undiscovered OR they know what it is and instead of focusing on that and delegating the rest, they still try to do it all.

    Being a small business owner truly is a balancing act that is not for the faint of heart, but the rewards make it worthwhile. 🙂

  3. Hi Lori, I will do what you point out here. This is really a great stuff. 🙂

    Keep the smiles,

  4. Tom Hudson says:

    I like what you’ve said and I agree focus is the determinate factor in what we create for our lives.
    I believe that our ability to stay focused is based largely upon our state of emotional stability at any given moment.
    On the other hand, I may just as easily say the total opposite; that our emotional stability is based on our ability to focus.
    In fact I believe both to be true. Consider this. Fear, anger, hatred, frustration, antagonism, hostility, like all the baser emotions have their origins in the domain of the Reptilian Brain Complex, fight / flight instinctual survival portion of the brain, which has no capacity to perceive other than threat to the protoplasmic survival. It is evolutionary programming at its most basic state. Should our focus be toward our back brain our focus will be hap hazard and scattered from anxiety and fear of life threatening crisis.
    However, should we change our focus toward another center of the brain, which Eckhart Tolle references in his “The Power of Now”; the frontal lobe of the cerebrum, our ability to remain focused improves based upon the relative calm within our brain because we feel at peace and as ease. We now experience the time to stay focused on something of our choosing rather than on survival issues.
    It is because we have by our free will altered our focus to the part of our brain which has the ability to contemplate peaceful awareness that we have become more able to remain focused.

    • Coach Lori says:

      “our ability to remain focused improves based upon the relative calm within our brain because we feel at peace and at ease. We now experience the time to stay focused on something of our choosing rather than on survival issues.”

      I completely agree, Tom. Coming from a place of calm and peace, tremendously improves our ability to focus. Especially because the survival issues are “off the table.”

      Making lists also helps to invoke our freewill to purposely think about things in the manner in which we choose to. Sometimes just the simple act of making a purposeful list can short circuit a lot of subconscious thoughts that are holding us back.

      I’m so glad you commented on this article. After taking the time to look at it again, I’m feeling inspired to go make some lists. I think I’ll start with 7 things I do for fun. How about you, Tom? What are 7 things you do for fun?

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