MONDAY MINDSET: FOCUS FORWARD
Quick one for you this week. Sometimes when I’m writing these, I find myself asking the big question: “why?” Why write these monday mindset articles when 99% of this stuff is just obvious? I’m not breaking any new ground here. Just simply pointing out the simple, basic, and obvious things that can help us be more successful in our endeavors.
Truly, it’s not about lacking the information — we all know what to do but simply fail to implement.
Like, we can look at both a plate of steamed broccoli and a plate of french fries and know which one is better for us. The knowing is the easy part. It’s the doing that’s tough.
Despite the obvious nature of the logic of good decisions we still need constant reminders and pushes to stay mindful and act in our own best interests.
So, focus forward, not backward. The past is, well, the past. There are no do-overs and no matter how much we’d like to change the outcome of something that’s already been resolved, it just isn’t possible.
We can learn important lessons from the past (arguably, all lessons are learned from the past) — but all opportunity lies in the future. What can we do today that will make tomorrow better?
Simple things like preparing better meals, not skipping our workouts, and putting the phone down to get to bed a little early all add up. These things can be hard though, because there is no instant gratification and often they are the last thing we want to do at any given time.
So, focus forward — focus on how it feels to eat a good meal, finish a strong workout, and wake from a great night of sleep.
When you’re struggling to act on the right decisions, putting yourself forward in time is a great way to shake yourself back into reality and get your feet moving in the right direction.
Again, none of this stuff is ground breaking. It’s simple. It’s important. And it works.