RFS Blog | by Karl W. Palachuk – Relax Focus Succeed. Learn more at www.relaxfocussucceed.com

Jun/10

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Focusing On The Moment

We have discussed several aspects of “focusing” on your success.  Lots of books have been written on the concept of focusing on the moment, but I want to relay an incident that brought this point into focus for me recently. Brought clarity to focusing on the moment.

YogaI take Bikram-style yoga classes several times a week.  This is a special type of yoga consisting of 26 poses in a hot room (about 100 degrees).  Each class takes 90 minutes.

A few weeks ago I was in a 6 AM yoga class.  About half way through, the instructor said to me “I’d like to see a little more effort there, Karl.”

My first thought was, “Hey!  I got up in the middle of the night to be here for a 6 AM class!  I’ve done 45 minutes of strenuous exercise and I’m about to do another 45 minutes of strenuous exercise!  In a room that’s 100 degrees!  There are only four other people here!  I’ve already put out the effort.”

After a little reflection, of course, I had a different perspective.  All those things were true.  But, after all, I was there to exercise.  And I’d gotten up in the middle of the night to go to a 6 AM class in order to do myself some good.  So I actually had many reasons to put in a little extra effort at that moment.

The lesson is simple:  You have the ability at any moment–at every moment–to put out a little extra effort.  When you find yourself in a meeting you want to escape, or at a cocktail party you can’t handle, or performing a dreary task at your desk, that’s the moment to focus on your success.  You are in the situation:  Make the best of it.  Put out a little more effort.  Then move on to the next moment of your success.

In the same vein, you have the power, at every moment, to take a breath and consider whether your first reaction to a situation is the reaction you wish to exercise.  You experience your life one moment at a time.  Being aware of that, and experiencing it at a conscious level, will give you many more opportunities for success.

So, let’s see a little extra effort out there.

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