Friday, March 18, 2005

Your focus on life

It is soon the Easter holiday season.

Things are to be renewed. Most of us are probably thinking about how we'd like to live new lives which are a little different than the last.

But instead of thinking of performance, and efficiency, and control, we should take this opportunity to think about how many things in our daily life do you do "just for the joy of it"?

It is important to have that general feeling of well being that you experience when you are doing what you perceive to be meaningful --when it's something that's important to you.

When you do things for "the joy of it", you'll rise above problems, and move easier through life.

When you love what you do, you naturally become more efficient. Make sense?

This usually comes from living a life focused on the joy. It is the by product of doing things not for what you get in return, not because you "should" or "have-to", but because you WANT to, because they are a part of your highest goals, and what you value.

It comes from looking at things with your heart, not just your eyes.

You can get it by focusing on the joy of life, instead of racing to the next feel-good thrill.

So how do you focus on the joy?

Usually when you're expressing your values, when you're expressing what's important to you, and living out your highest goals, you'll feel joy. So you're giving to others at virtually no cost to you. When YOU experience joy, others around you feel it too.

So instead we, should:

Focus On Learning.
Instead of making a goal to achieve more in your job, decide instead to read and learn how to do one new thing each week.

Focus on Time. Schedule your time to include what's important to you, like reading time, or exercise time, or family time, or learning time.

Focus on the Why. Instead of just forcing yourself to mop the kitchen floor, tap into the higher goal that mopping the kitchen floor supports (ie. having a clean and healthy home).

How does that feel? Not bad, huh!

If you focus on the pleasure that a desire gives you, you'll find it easier to put in the work that it takes.

Focus on the people and things that are most important to you.
Focus on the pleasure you get out of moving towards your goals.
Focus on the process of creating something, not what results you expect.
Invest in yourself more than you ever thought was allowed.
Not only will you reap rewards, but those around you will benefit more than you ever believed.

Won't you want to try this new focus on life?

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