Often my one-on-one coaching clients tell me they feel scattered, all over the place, barely able to put one foot in front of the other before getting off track again.
I bet that's never happened to you...but if it has, read on.
I've certainly been feeling more scattered than normal lately and it's really zapped my energy. If you saw my last blog post on the Tale of 3 Logos, you know my focus has been less than desirable of late, which caused me to be quite frazzled about my branding. Whenever I get to this place, I pause and get back to these basics.
Meditation - You've heard about it and know how beneficial it is, but knowing it and doing it are 2 different things. Are you meditating on a regular basis? Start with 5 or 10 minutes a day and establish a set time to practice. I typically meditate first thing in the morning, but some people prefer to do it right before bedtime.
Use an app (Headspace is great!), listen to some relaxing music, or just set a timer for a few minutes of quiet time. Breathe and let go of thoughts as they come to mind. Meditation is a great way to train your mind to SLOW down, be present and pay attention to subtle cues. It's one of the best ways to shift your brain from frazzled to focused.
Purpose - You may have been hearing the question - What's your why? - quite often lately as it's a hot topic made popular by Simon Sinek's Ted Talk. Watch it and begin the process of creating your purpose statement. This isn't necessarily you can do quickly like meditation, but a few minutes of focused time over several sittings will take you far in developing your why.
I created a Why Discovery guide (see below) that you may find helpful, and Sinek's new book Find Your Why is also a good resource.
A purpose statement will help you gain clarity, make better decisions and connect with people you align with, which is a much more intentional way to lead the life you love than taking action without knowing why. My purpose is to help career-centered dreamers and do-ers be true to their inner calling and lead the life they love. Once you have your purpose, write it down and look at it on a regular basis. I made mine my screensaver.
Clarify Your Vision - What's your 3-5 year vision for yourself? Have you taken the time to write it down? I recommend the book The Answer by John Assaraf (the first few chapters particularly) to get you started. After you've written your statement, record it on your phone. Then read it and/or listen to it 2-3 times a day. Commit to doing this for the long-haul for the best results. Again, this isn't a quick fix, but without a destination, it's difficult to build a roadmap and take the steps to get there. As your vision expands or gets re-shaped, revisit and update it.
Notice Your Energy - On a regular basis during your day, pause and check in with how you're feeling. If something feels really good and energizes you, that's a breadcrumb and something you should do more of because it's aligned with your natural talents and strengths. Equally notice the places where your energy feels zapped. For me, sitting for a long time in an office in front of my computer zaps my energy, while coaching one-on-one increases my energy. What are the best and worst moments of your day? How can you shift your day to spend more time doing what energizes you and less time doing what zaps you?
Practice one or all of those tips to feel less scattered and get back on track. I recently had a client write me to say that her daily meditation / quiet time is helping her stay focused and balanced - a real win for a toddler Mom with her own business.
If you want to talk more in-depth about how to be less scattered and create a life you love, schedule a complimentary Discovery Call with me.
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