It’s a Monday, just after lunch time and I’m sat on my bed, with my laptop on my lap, getting lost in a world of editing. I have several recent shoots I have to get finished. Clients are waiting expectantly. My little productivity gremlin is just waiting for a chance to jump out of its cage and start ranting about deadlines and expectations and to-do lists and unwritten blog posts and incomplete projects.
But I’m not letting that little snot-face cretin out of it’s confines! Dammit.
I’m taking a stand.
I’m starting to realise something.
To be honest, I’ve known about it for a long time, but I’m only now really starting to implement and experience the results for myself.
That realisation is this…
What you focus on…grows
With all the disruption to my normal routine lately, (read this post to find out more), and while learning to go with the flow, I’ve consciously been choosing to focus on ‘Ease’.
I decided that I want a life and business…with ease.
Ease is now the underlying theme for everything I do.
Do housework…with ease
Take the dog for a walk… with ease
Edit my photos…with ease
Attract awesome clients…with ease
Make lots of money…with ease
You get the idea.
And you know what? Whether it’s confirmation bias or not…it actually works. And even if it is confirmation bias, it makes me feel better and puts me in a better state of mind, so it’s a win-win.
By focusing on the ease of an activity, rather than the difficulty, I’m actually finding that the result I want, is the result I get. And I don’t allow myself to get stressed about it, meaning that I have more energy to spend on the activity in question, meaning that I get more of the results I was after in the first place. You see the cyclical thing happening there?
I don’t really know if there’s an exact science behind this kind of stuff, if it’s a trick of the brain or if its down to something far more ‘mumbo-jumbo’, as my hubby would say. And to be quite honest, I don’t care. Whatever it is, it’s got to be good for the soul and good for business.
Some of the immediate results I’ve been getting are that I feel less stressed and tense. I’m actually more productive. I’m getting feedback that my online activity is working well and people are seeing my content. Comment’s like “Wow, you’re so busy!”, when in actual fact, I don’t feel it.
So rather than focussing on how difficult a shoot is going to be, or how stressed you are about making your targets this month, I encourage you to train your brain to focus on the ease with which you will tackle your activities and see how a conscious decision to change your perspective from the outset, impacts the ultimate outcome.
If you’ve ever experienced results from changing your focus, I’d love to hear about it. Please share your story in the comments below.