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Being Focused, Intentional and Mindful

  • March 6, 2019
  • Written by Meridian Admin

To be successful, whatever that looks like for each of us, it is important for us to maintain our focus with intention and mindfulness. How do we ensure that we are focused and staying on course and not becoming distracted by less important things?

“Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals.”  LL Cool J, Musician and Actor

Our focus is really about the most important thing we should be doing. The first question we need to ask ourselves is, what do we want to achieve? This is followed by, how important is it to us? These two questions are crucial to our commitment and resolve in successfully reaching our goals. They become the foundation of our focus.

 “Our intention creates our reality.” Wayne Dyer, Psychologist and Author

Once we have a focus in mind, we need to set out some action plans to help us succeed. This is where intentions come into play. Intentions are a powerful way to move our dreams and goals forward. What are the steps we need to take?  

Clearly defined steps are broken down and may be given specific time frames which will help us move things forward without feeling overwhelmed. What do we intend to do each day to achieve this goal? What do we intend to do each week to achieve this goal? Articulating our intentions drives us forward and helps to keep us focused.

“Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” Jon Kabat-Zinn, Retired Professor of Medicine

Being conscious of our intentions and keeping them in the forefront of our minds is important to maintaining our focus. “Staying on message,” as many public relations firms advocate, is a way for us to have a clear and concise path to our goals. How do we keep our focus and intentions top-of-mind? What can we do to ensure that we are not distracted by less important and more trivial things?

We all have ways or tricks to keep the important things in full view and top-of-mind. It could be a post-it note on our computer, a piece of paper stuck on a bulletin board, or some other way to consciously remind ourselves. Whatever the method, we do need to be consistently and constantly mindful of our intentions and our focus to achieve the success we desire.

Paul Abra, Motivated Coaching