It appears that we human beings are having such a difficult time focusing. We are living in an age of distractions. Our inability to focus has us unable to pay attention. So you can see how this could be a dilemma in all areas of our lives whether at work, home and/or relationship. The lack of focus can cause stress which as we know will affect our health as well over time. The cost to us can be enormous. We can see the importance. Let's take a look first at the word focus:
The etymology of focus is from the Latin word “hearth, fireplace, " of unknown origin, used in post-classical times for “fire" itself, taken by Kepler (1604) in a mathematical sense for “point of convergence, " perhaps on analogy of the burning point of a lens (the purely optical sense of the word may have existed before 1604, but it is not recorded).
How can we learn to pay attention easier and how can we learn to be more focused? What keeps us focused and how can we stay focused on those things that are working so we can get the results we desire.
One way is what I call ADDing Perspective. ADDing Perspective encourages you to see yourself and the world through a new, improved set of lenses. The new, improved set of lenses stresses interest and curiosity. Our lack of focus is mostly likely connected to those things that will have us bored, disinterested, under engaged, over stimulated and various levels of stress. If anyone of these is present most likely you will not be able to focus.
Are there places and situations in your life where you may be bored, disinterested and alike? If you wish to become more focused, I recommend you try this exercise. Write down when your focus is off. Keep a record of the times you were able to sustain focus and times when you couldn't. You'll start to see a pattern. The pattern/s is situational. By isolating and becoming aware of the times you loose focus, you'll be better able to develop strategies for focusing. Another idea is to work with an ADD coach.
A trained ADD coach's job is to watch, listen, and observe what, how and where you're focused or lack focus. Our productivity and results are tied to those things in our lives that breed success. We want to focus on what is working to have success. With the proper training and practice, you will be able to sustain focus.
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Frank Coppola is an Senior Certified AD/HD Coach (SCAC) & Trainer, Executive Business Advisor & Clinical Psychotherapist who specializes in helping people get organized, overcome procrastination, effectively manage their time and gain focus.