So, my question for you this week is, are you ready to take yourself on? 

This all begins with fessing-up to ourselves about where we’re really at right now. Sure, we can have a goal of where we want to get to – although it’s vital to know where we actually are in reality (rather than where we’d like to think we are!) before we set off.

Perhaps you’re currently in a situation you’d rather not be in, or perhaps there’s a different position you’d much rather be in.  Either way, I can relate.

I look back to a time in 2002 of only just managing to pay my bills each month, and what I call ‘not being able to look past the end of my own nose’.  That’s when the penny dropped.

I realized that I needed to find a way to literally transform my situation (not simply make a few changes). 

When I did eventually find a specific vehicle to get me there, I needed to focus my attention on taking the steps to upskill and apply what I was learning into my life.

I kept getting distracted.

What helped me was figuring out what I needed to do to refocus myself. 1

So what worked? Clearly visualising, and feeling the results I did want, even those I couldn’t immediately see.  And I call that lag – it takes time to see results, and we can get faked-out when we take the steps and don’t see the results right away. A little like planting the lettuce seeds in the garden and not seeing the bumper crop for weeks – even though we’re diligently watering and clearing away the weeds every day, and sitting patiently (or not!) waiting for them to grow!

For me, refocusing and reapplying what I was learning gradually brought results. It felt like it took an age, mind you!

So, what is it that you’re ready for more of in your life? More time with your loved ones? More freedom with money? The ability to travel?

What is this specific thing that spins your wheels, and what’s your plan to get there?

So, I get to see you on Thursday for #ALivewithFi, where I’ll be diving in on this topic. As always, I’m curious to hear your musings on this – and of course your own experiences.

1 In “8 Ways to Improve Your Focus,” Stephanie Vozza questions, “So what do you do when you need to focus on work–and not what’s moving around you? Realizing the struggle, she cites Elie Venezky, author of Hack Your Brain, who says, “for most people, the first and most important step to increasing focus is to change the way you view it.” He emphasizes that “focus is a muscle, and you can build it. [Unfortunately,] “too many people labor under the idea that they’re just not focused, and this becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy. Once you drop this mistaken belief, you can take a much more realistic approach to building focus.”

(https://www.fastcompany.com/3050123/8-ways-to-improve-your-focus)