Monthly Archives: April 2009

Postivity Versus Negativity : Choose what you focus on

focus2One of the most important aspects of anything and everything is FOCUS. If there is no focus, the end result is nothing less than chaos. Be it a routine daily task or that very important make-or-break-meeting, when one lacks focus, it is not hard to guess what will the result be. The results are not what one expects, for obvious reasons.

Now that we have established that focus is essential, it is important also to be clear on what one focuses on. What one focuses on and what one ignores, makes a lot of difference at the end of the day.

Imagine you are photographing a person, and instead of focusing on them/their face, if you focused on the background. Instead of focusing the target at hand your focus is something unnecessary. What’d be the result? Obviously, the result will not be as per expectation. Deviating from the target leads to a deviation in the result.

On a day to day basis, every goal we pursue offers us various options. What we focus on makes the difference. If one were to focus on the positive sides of a situation such as self growth, opportunity, action, or any relevant positive emotion, the end result is positive. On the other hand, if one focuses on the negative sides of a situation such as failure, disadvantage, problem, challenges and similar emotions, the person is bound to fail (as a result of his choice of focus).

It all boils down to what one chooses to focus on. No two moments are the same; no two situations are the same. Sometimes, it is joy and sometimes it is pain. These are things out of one’s control. But what one CAN certainly control is what one chooses to focus on.

Even before executing the task, even before seeing the results, if one thinks of the negative prospects and just focuses on it while executing the task, the result may not be as desired. When I say this, I don’t mean one should avoid thinking of the negative possibilities.

There is a lot of difference between FOCUS and AWARENESS. One should certainly sketch out the negative side of a situation and be aware of the same. But one should concentrate on the task at hand more than the negative issues. This will bring the desired results more effectively than focusing on negatives.

Wish you a focused day every day!
-Raj Bokdia

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