Just One, But Not So Easy

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Fact: Your brain can only be 100% effective on one thing at a time. So, why do we mind share up to as much as a dozen things or more simultaneously and think that’s a good thing to do? Performance anxiety? Fear of missing out? Setting our goals to high? We deny ourselves the gratification of the win for another to-do item. We need a different approach before it’s to late.

I’ve learned to adopt and listen to feedback I’ve gotten over the years about my work. It’s taken time for me to learn what to do, observe, and correct. The observe and correct part I’ve gotten the most success from. I’m here to share with you the turtle does indeed win the race. Time and time again, I’ve found slow and steady usually beats speedy and needy.

We have a problem in raising our own expectations before we’ve even stayed long enough in the presence of the ones we’ve just overcame. What if someone posts their idea before I post mine? What if? What if? What if? We have this terrible tendency in all of our thinking that we’re not adequate enough. This drives us to continue to strive for a better job, better friends in our community, and nicer things. It’s the wrong kind of motivation. Rather than really dialing into one goal, we’ve made the mistake to entertain the feeling that we’re not good enough. This performance anxiety can be a false lead, teaching us to move on to quickly.

Focusing on one thing can cut all that anxiety out. By just enjoying our present work a little longer than we’re used to doing, we can find greater satisfaction. Rather than get all wrapped up in a future that hasn’t happened yet we need to practice excellence in what present task we’re currently enrolled in. A simple change in our perspective and awareness to not let the fear of missing out get the best of us is hard to do. However, keeping our focus on the here and now is the real task at hand. We need to see and feel the progress were making. Learn we can pivot when we need to. Trust we are more agile than our own anxiety is leading us to believe. We’ll get the power of complete control by looking inwardly objectively on what’s working and not working.

Learning to monitor and respond to our own behavior is not easy to do. The more you practice, stay focused on one thing at a time, and be present in the one thing you’re trying to accomplish you’ll discover efficiency and productivity. You’ll have a sharper mind and accomplish more things that can lead to bigger goals you have for yourself. Our ambitious nature and high expectations needs to be tempered more regularly by adopting a one thing at a time approach. We’ll will feel much more fulfilled as we make progress along the way.

Hope you’re having a great week. Thanks for viewing.

✌ Shawn

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