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Where focus goes, energy flows
Create a vision for your business and your life
Do you want to achieve extraordinary results and fulfillment in your work, career or mission? If so, you need to get laser focused on what it is you really want and create a crystal clear vision of where you want to go.
As Tony Robbins says, energy flows where attention goes. To get what you really want in life, you need a clear goal that has purpose and meaning behind it. Once this is in place, you can focus your energy on the goal and become obsessive about it. When you learn how to focus your energy, amazing things happen. You get insights that weren’t available to you before. You run into people who seem magically put in your path to help you. You overhear conversations or stumble upon resources that further your plan. That’s the secret of how energy flows where attention goes.
Focusing on the positive
What happens when you’re always picking out flaws or paying attention to the negative aspects of life? When you ascribe to Tony’s belief that where focus goes, energy flows and are already committing to staying in a dark headspace, it means you will get more negativity because it’s what you’re concentrating on.
You need to develop an abundance mindset. Choosing gratitude and appreciation over criticism and negativity leads to attracting more of the things you can appreciate and be grateful for. When you look in the mirror, do you see your beautiful smile or do you instantly notice how old you’re starting to look? If you focus on the positives, you’ll radiate confidence and be attractive to others.
The next time you’re in a new situation or environment, practice the “where focus goes, energy flows” way of thinking. If you’re outdoors, notice the cool breeze or the smell of nearby flowers. If you’re inside, try to spot interesting décor or architectural styles. If you meet new people in this situation, ask thoughtful questions and listen deeply to the answers. Focus on at least one personality trait you admire in each person you talk to.
How do you feel when you leave this new situation? How does this differ from similar situations you’ve been in when you’ve spent all your time thinking about how you’d rather be somewhere else? When you focus on the positives, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it becomes to unlock an extraordinary life.
Focusing on your goals
Where focus goes, energy flows is not just a concept that helps in appreciating life – it’s a powerful tool in achieving your goals. When you have a clear vision of your goal and devote your energy and focus to it, ordinary time-sucks like social media, saying yes to things you really want to say no to and losing track of time effortlessly fall away. All of us have downtime – the time between work, errands, family time, etc. – that we can take advantage of. Tony calls this No Extra Time (N.E.T. time) and uses these moments to catch up on podcasts or books that educate or inspire him and help him further his goals.
The difference between those who are obsessive about a goal and devote focus and energy to it and everyone else is that most people are stuck in reaction mode. Instead of developing a clear plan, the majority of people simply deal with situations and issues as they arise and never really get ahead. Their focus is so dispersed that energy can never flow directly toward achieving their big goal. While they may still reach small goals or accomplish tasks, they’ll never get what they really want.
Having a clear result or outcome and learning how to focus your energy on it immediately changes your behavior, giving you the momentum you need to take small actions daily that will lead to geometric results. When you embrace an “energy flows where attention goes” lifestyle, you become more mindful of each thought and subsequent behavior because you see the bigger picture.
To learn more about the “energy flows where attention goes” belief system, watch this video from Tony, and then create a vision for your life and business below.
Need some help developing a self-improvement plan? Here’s an energy and focus exercise to set and achieve your goals. Answer these four questions to the best of your ability to start the process of focusing on what you want:
- What is something that you want to accomplish in the next 36 months?
- Why MUST you achieve it no matter what?
- What is one small action you can take right now to get started?
- What are some 6 and 9-month goals that you can set to hold yourself accountable?
Keep this somewhere visible over the next 36 months. Focus on the results you are committed to daily, and you’ll find yourself consistently moving toward the result you’re after – and very often accomplishing them faster than you expected.
Activities to help you focus your energy
Where focus goes, energy flows. Learning how to effectively focus your energy is a necessary part of this equation. Here are some activities that can help get you in the right mental state to create a breakthrough.
- Meditation: Think you don’t have time for meditation? Tony is a strong advocate for making the time to meditate. There’s no excuse, especially when guided meditation can fit into even the busiest schedules. Meditation is essential to energy and focus as it allows you to quiet your mind and take control of your thoughts.
- Exercise: Not only is exercise a necessary component of a healthy lifestyle, it’s also an ideal tool to focus your energy. There are thousands of examples of people having groundbreaking ideas while they’re on the treadmill or taking a hike through nature. When adrenaline flows and the heart is pumping, the brain is also working overtime on your goals.
- Music: As humans, we’re hardwired to enjoy music. When we hear music we like, our brains release dopamine and we get happier. Music expands our cognitive range, helps us increase energy and focus and can lead to impressive insights and breakthroughs.
Understanding that energy flows where attention goes is the first step toward the mindful achievement of goals. With this powerful concept in mind, you can train yourself to focus on the positive and enhance your mindfulness with the daily tools listed above. Once you start attracting more of what you want in life, you’ll understand the power of focusing your mind and becoming obsessive about the goals that matter to you most.