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Focus an Hour


If you’re having trouble focusing on your goals, or thinking about anything except doom and gloom, set your timer for an hour. Watch a funny movie. Do 10 little cleaning up or organizing things around the house. Accomplishing little things makes your feel like you are on a roll. You’ll feel better.

Here are ten ordinary things most anyone can do around their house:

1. Sweep the kitchen.

2. Take out the recyle container.

3. Take out the trash.

4. Put one thing away from on top of the counter.

5. Sort through the mail and recycle the junk mail.

6. Rinse out the bathroom sink.

7. Use windex and clean the mirror(s) in the bathroom.

8. Water a plant or dust it.

9. Wash a load of clothes.

10. Brush your teeth.

Now you feel like you’ve accomplished a lot. You’ve changed your focus. Hurray for you.

Now decide what is your most important goal. List 10 steps that are necessary to get to your goal.

Then work on the first one. Spend at least an hour working on it. You’ll probably be so energized you’ll keep on for two or three hours. The point is you’ve got to energize yourself by changing your focus and becoming active.

The greatest plans in the world can look really great or sound really great, but unless you take action towards that goal, you may not reach it.

Write them down.

Visualize yourself reaching them.

Then take action towards your goal.

If you don’t have time for a whole hour, do 30 minutes. If you don’t have 30 minutes, do 10 minutes. If you can’t do 10 minutes, do one minute.

Sometimes I have a little argument going on in my brain, one side says, you can’t do that and the other side says, “OH, yes I can. One side gives me 20 reasons why it’s not possible. With God’s help the other side says, “Oh, yes you can.”

If it seems like you’re hearing more three no’s to one yes, take time to pray. Tell God you need his help. You know this is something he would like for you to accomplish, but it just seems impossible with all the obstacles you see  in your way.

Stop and call to encourage a friend who may be having trouble with something.  Pray for them before you call them. Spend 10-15 minutes. Pray for them while you are listening to them.  Pray for them after you hang up. Many times through helping another person, you’ll feel energized to continue on your own project.

You may see a story in the newspaper, on the internet, in church, or from a friend that tells of how someone overcame the most formidable of circumstances, like Ray Charles http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Charles. Even though he was blind, the didn’t say, I can’t enjoy music. If he did say it at first, somehow he changed his thinking.

That’s what each of us has got to do. We’ve got to overcome that negative thinking.

Jesus asked his disciples to spend an hour with him in prayer.  An hour would be good but, if you don’t have an hour. Give God what you can give him. Then see if you can add ten minutes. Ten for each step toward your goal you need to get. Ten times ten would be 100 minutes which would almost be two hours. Thank God for every single thing he’s done for you. Ask him to bless all the people who have helped you.

Smile and laugh. Laugh and smile. Smile, smile, smile.  Laugh, laugh, laugh.

Figure out how you can have fun accomplishing your goal.

Build in celebrations at each step.

Ask someone else to join in your celebration.

If your step didn’t get you where you wanted to be, try try again in a different manner. Never give up. Focus  on the possibilities for an hour, it’ll help you enjoy your day. Please comment below.

I hope the words above help you focus on the good things and good possibilities in your life.  Do something good for yourself today.

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2 Responses

  1. Joan,

    Thanks for reminding us to focus on things we can accomplish and then doing them. That helps remove the feeling of defeat and turns it into feelings of accomplishment. Well worth remembering.

    Linda A.

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    • Dear Linda, Thanks for your comments. I appreciate them. I do hope it’ll spur others to keep on going. All of us get at the end of our rope. It’s nice to find a way to climb back up. Do something good for yourself.

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