Changing Patterns – Focus Your Attention

This is part III of a six part series of blogs to help you achieve the results you want in 2015.

Thus far in the Changing Patterns series we have addressed having mental clarity about the results you want and preparing for resistance. This blog hones in on training your brain to pay attention.

Brain science has shown that in order to reach goals, you have to focus your behaviors on activities that will drive your results. In particular focusing your time and energy. It’s a lot easier said than done, here’s why.

Stress affects your thoughts just as it does your body. When your focus drifts to distractions, feelings of overwhelm, or limiting beliefs pop up, you go into fight/flight mode. Stress hormones increase and you are now in reactive mode instead of directing your attention to activities that will drive your results.

When this happens (and it will):

1. Notice – “I’m off track”
2. Breathe – At least four slow deep breaths
3. Pause – Take in the calming effect of fight/flight response simmering down
4. When you feel more centered, focus your attention on behaviors and activities towards the results you want

People who reach their goals focus their attention and put value on prioritizing the most important activities- be one of them!

Changing Patterns Tips in Review:

Tip #1: Have mental clarity of where you want to be a year from now

Tip #2: Develop a plan to prepare for resistance from yourself and/or others

Tip #3: Focus your attention on behaviors that will drive results

Make the Conscious Choice to prioritize behaviors that align with the results you want and make 2015 your best year yet!

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