Does our focus, does our unconscious time and effort devoted to what we think about and spend time on serve to negate other things?
Does that focus obliterate or discard things that DO matter, but which we ignore?
Yes, it does.
But here is the bonus to that expansion, it is also a triage tool – because something important won’t fall away. The other part of that bonus is the ‘falling away’ of things we need to lose, things we need to discard from our life.
Of 100 things (go ahead, write a list) most important to you today, then ask these two questions:
Which ones will be important a year from now, and how will they rank then compared to now?
Which ones, if removed from the list right now, will make room for fantastic new things to come onto that list?
Of course, the second question is the more important one, the more valuable one.
Make a list of everything you do today.
Tomorrow (or you could start today!), put a tick mark next to every item you do again – and so on, for a week. At the end of the week, look at the ticks – that’s where you are spending your time, your priorities, and your values.
THEN, and only then, make some life-choices about what needs to be gone, what needs to be pushed down the priority list, and what needs to rise to the top.
What we focus on expands, but we cannot focus on that and expand our lives with too many unworthy things taking too much of our time.
Yes, there is a next step to this – planning for next year.