Five Ways To Improve Your Focus

Listen to Music

One way of improving your focus is by constantly listening to music. This means really listening and getting to learn and understand the words in the music. This helps to clear your mind by making you focus on only one thing and so helps calm your mind and freshen it by removing those blocks that limit your concentration and focus.

Meditation

Meditation helps with improving focus and concentration. Some people spend at least one hour a day meditating but starting out with even 10 or 15 minutes can be very beneficial. One way of improving your meditation is through focusing on your breathing. By focusing on the air you breath, the way it touches your nostrils and how it enters your throat and leaves helps in calming your system. This can provide a sense of peace and contentment and helps in improving your focus.

Set Small Achievable Realistic Goals

Setting huge, unrealistic goals can be very frustrating and can mean losing focus. One way of improving focus is to set goals which are smart (simple, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound). This helps in reducing pressure and a lot of the frustrations that build when goals seem to be forever out of reach. Stress and pressure can make you lose concentration. It is better to set goals which can be achieved in maybe a week or a month and which will ultimately lead to your long term goals.

Exercise

Studies have shown that regular exercise can calm the  mind and improve focus. Exercises such as swimming, going to the gym dancing, gardening, etc help you lay off mental burdens and pressures. Exercise also relaxes the mind and improves concentration and focus. Also one can improve focus by frequently exercising the mind by for example filling crossword puzzles, engaging in social quizzes or puzzling out sudoku games etc this helps in making sure your mind is not idle.

Wear light clothes when you can

Wearing light and loose clothes also helps improve your focus. This is because there is sufficient ventilation in your body and free air can easily flow in and out. This helps in keeping your mind fresh and constantly in focus.

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Keep Your Focus

Finding a suitable new path or way around when an obstacle arises is one way to stick to your goals. When faced with an obstacle, many people tend to lose their focus and slowly go back to how they were before setting the goal. This can be frustrating for most people and it can actually cause them to lose faith in themselves or to come to believe they will “never” achieve anything. It is therefore important to have a path which you intend to follow when an obstacle comes your way. Having a path planned out ahead of time always keeps your mind in the game and enables you to focus on what you want to achieve.

Learn From Setbacks

Make it a point to always learn from the setbacks you face instead of giving up on the goal. When you fall, you need to pick yourself up and keep going. You need to ask yourself what made you fall? How can you prevent the obstacle from happening again? What lessons can you learn from it? And keep moving towards the goal. Every worthy goal always has setbacks and most of the time, you will move one step forward and two steps backward. Maintaining your focus when the going gets tough is what actually makes moving towards the goal worthwhile. By the time you achieve your goal, you will have grown as a person.

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Changing

We nearly all want to change ourselves, usually by trying to develop better habits, like tidying after ourselves, writing more, eating less, etc. It is not always easy. Changing those habits can be hard, it moves us out of our comfort zone to somewhere we can feel VERY uncomfortable. But there are creative ways to help yourself stick to your chosen goals to make them part of your life.

Anticipate

One way to help stay focused on your goal is to anticipate what MIGHT happen. Look forward and work out what might derail your progress. We often plan for change but we never actually try and see what actually might interrupt out plans. If you think about these, you may be able to include them in your plan in a way that helps you stick to your goals.

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Keep to the Path

Stick to your chosen path or if necessary find a new suitable path if an obstacle appears. Obstacles can derail you from your chosen path but if you keep your path in mind or find another suitable one if that is blocked can mean you keep your eye on the game and focus on what you want to achieve.

Learn

Learn from any setbacks instead of giving up on the goal. If you fall, get up and carry on, you do not need to stop because of one fall or even several. Ask yourself what made you fall? What lessons can you learn? And how do you stop that type of fall in future?

Focus

Keeping focus when the going gets tough is what actually makes moving towards the goal worthwhile. By the time you achieve your goal, you will have grown as a person.


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Motivation Thoughts Start here!

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Motivated to achieve a goal

AIM

Hi and welcome to the motivation thoughts blog. It is aimed at getting you to get up off your seat to do something – something that YOU WANT to do, even if your inner self is grumbling about it. Look out for posts on getting your study skills honed, for getting your exercise included in your routine, on time management, on getting your writing done, whether it’s your novel, your thesis or a school essay and how to get the house clean among other things!

So What is Motivation?

Motivation is the inner force you can develop and use to get things done that YOU want to do!

But what EXACTLY is Motivation?

Motivation is personal power and it has 3 parts to it, passion, energy and ability.

Passion

To get motivated you need to get passionate about what YOU WANT to do. You’ve felt that passion before – maybe you were determined to keep that hula hoop up longer than anyone else, or perhaps you really wanted to paint the best ever picture in your class, or kick the longest goal or have the techiest new equipment. This blog will help YOU remember what that passion was like and start you on the road to develop YOUR passion for whatever it is YOU want to do, whether it’s to get more exercise, improve your grades in school or college or university, keep your living quarters from becoming a pig sty or become a better entrepreneur.

Energy

You need two types of energy for motivation: short term energy – the kick in the seat to get

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Match – short term energy to get you started

you started and stuck in; and long term energy, to keep you going when the going gets tough. This blog will help you get that energy, both short term energy to get a good start on what you want to do and that long term energy to keep your battery going! Think of the short term energy as striking a match – that sudden flare of energy that starts you off on your new project or gets you stuck back in to a project that you have left lying. The long term energy can be thought of as a reservoir, keeping a steady flow of energy for powering you through the tough times.

Ability

Now, don’t panic – this is NOT about being a star before you start. This is about making sure your dreams are actually possible. It’s great to have a dream about being able to fly. But if it involves literally growing a set of wings, that MAY not be possible. On the other hand, Orville and Wilbur Wright had that dream and they developed the aeroplane. This blog will help you work out how to achieve your dream and the best possible way of achieving it within your ability – and flying IS possible.

What Do YOU Know About Motivation?

I have been interested in motivation all my life, right from when I was in school and knew I needed to get my homework done but the television or playing outside had a much greater call on my senses. Over 40 years later, I have learned how to keep a house clean, get a degree and even get a higher research degree, lose weight and get fit. Along the way, I have learned a few tips and tricks to make work a LOT easier and I want to share those with you, if you will let me. Thank you for reading this far.

Improve Your Physical Condition

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Keeping Fit

Being Fit and Healthy

Your physical condition is the state of health you get from the workouts you do and the food with which you fuel your body. Everybody wants to be as healthy as they can, so here are some great health and fitness pointers to use next time you work out at the gym or at home. Following these will also help motivate you to exercise.

Correct Form

When working out, make certain to take your time to workout correctly as well as concentrating properly (no texting!). It is better to do an exercise fewer times but do it correctly, rather than wind up hurting yourself. As you develop better form, you will be able to do more of that type of exercise or do it faster.

Set Your Goals

A goal is a great motivator to have when trying to get fit. And you can change your goals as you get fitter. After reaching one goal, set another, higher goal, so you can keep moving towards life-long fitness.

Listen!

When working out, listen to your body. A little muscular tissue pain is to be expected, especially if you have started a new sort of exercise. But constant discomfort is a different matter altogether and if you experience chest pain or breathlessness, STOP and consult your doctor immediately.

Pain is your body’s way of telling you that you have done too much and that you may end up hurting yourself, possibly seriously. Listen to your body. This is not to say you should give up exercise, just to take it easy at first when starting out or returning to exercise after a break. Your motivation here is gradually to build up a good habit, NOT to kill yourself by being a weekend warrior (that is someone who does NO exercise during the week, then overdoes it at the weekend).

Buddy Power

To stay motivated with your physical fitness strategy, try working out with a friend. This can go a long way towards keeping you fully committed to your health. Joining a walking group or a gym with a friend is a great way to keep yourself going.

Keep Moving

To keep yourself moving towards a new goal, especially one that involves repetitions, or keeping moving for a particular length of time, try counting backwards. This will help you achieve more repetitions or keep going for those extra few seconds because you will know that you only have a few more reps or seconds to go. And that will help you squeeze out those last few reps or last bit of effort.

Goals and Motivation

A goal is a good motivator. Fitness is a life-time objective not just a short term one.

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Taking time to exercise is NOT selfish!

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but feel selfish trying to find the time?

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Well, just like the airline safety videos say in the oxygen mask video, Help yourself first.

The reason they say that is because you can’t help anyone else (child, spouse, parent, friend, etc) if you collapse from lack of oxygen. Exercise is exactly the same, you need to set yourself first for a while to get the time for exercise. And if you find it difficult to get the time for exercise because of all the other things you have to do, then think about how those others will manage, or not manage if you become ill from lack of exercise! You NEED to put your exercise needs into your regular routine. If you ….. read more here