What you focus on, your body feels. For example, if you’re thinking about when someone in the past did something to hurt you, you will physically feel the hurt inside, even though the event is not currently taking place. Likewise, if you’re focusing on a possible future event that worries you, your body feels the anxiety and stress, even though the event has not yet happened, and may never happen. And…stress is something we definitely don’t want to bring upon ourselves, as it has been linked to increasing the risk of certain health issues, including heart attacks, strokes, memory loss, weight gain, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, depression, and more.
But, you can stop this inner pain and stress by changing what your mind is focusing on. By changing your focus, you can change your physical bio-chemistry.
Your focus also plays a major role in the results you’ve achieved in life. Your current environment is largely a result of what you’ve focused on in the past. Change your focus, change your life. To achieve your goal, you want to consistently focus on that goal. By focusing, you stop your mind and emotions to be reacting to negative stimuli in your environment, demands of others, or thoughts of past unpleasant or hurtful events.
What you consistently focus on, you will achieve. When you find yourself making progress towards your goal, you’ll feel a sense of fulfillment and joy, and you’ll also develop a sense of certainty about your ability to achieve the results!
Consistent focus is a learned skill that can be mastered with practice. When you notice a negative thought entering your mind, you can switch your focus by taking a deep breath and counting backwards from five…5, 4, 3, 2, 1. This counting backwards interrupts your thought pattern, states author and motivational speaker, Mel Robbins. In her book, The Five Second Rule, Mel further explains that when you get to “1” it is a signal to your mind for something to occur. After you get to “1” replace the previous thought with an image of your future self. Focusing on that successful, happy vision of yourself changes your bio-chemical state from negative to joy, pleasure, and fulfillment – which is where we want to spend our time and live our lives!