september

3 Steps To Help Stay Focused On Your Goals

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamott (author)

When was the last time you did just ONE thing at a time? It seems our personal multi-task meter is always cranked to the highest setting. And it doesn’t help that the average human has an attention span shorter than a goldfish these days, literally.

In the noisy and fast-paced world we live in, it is hard to sit still and stay focused. No matter how dedicated we are to a goal, a project, or an assignment, staying focused in a world full of distractions is a challenge. The good news is that according to neuroscientists and researchers at Emory University, the area of our brain that is responsible for FOCUS can be trained, just like our muscles. However, if there were a college course on Training a Brain to Focus – it would be a 200-level course. Self-awareness, or mindfulness, is the pre-requisite to training your focus.

There are three keys to unlocking your focused brain:

1. The ability to identify distractions.
2. The willingness to avoid those potential distractions.
3. The ability to identify when your mind or focus has wandered.

And #3 is often the hardest key to obtain. In a world in which multi-tasking is the norm, we often identify it as a strength – rather than call it what it is, an incomplete focus.

So how is all this relevant? Of course, we all try to accomplish more than one thing at a time. Maximizing our time and efficiency is our new way of life. However, when it comes to large projects like opening a gym, planning for a renovation, or even tackling a big fitness goal – training your brain to produce big, concentrated, effective, and focused brain waves is mandatory.

The ability to identify and deal with distractions is a large part of the focus equation. If you struggle with that, check out the mental focus training guide from the Center of Performance Psychology. Once you can identify your biggest distractors, you will be on your way to focused work, planning, and brain SUPER POWER.

Distractors can come in many forms, i.e. emails, text messages, thoughts, memories, music, customers, friends, or foes. The truth is, when it is time to buckle down and focus on a task or a goal, you must be ready to understand and accept that you might have to temporarily duck and avoid some of the people, places, and things that you love and adore the most.

Lastly, if you have a goal, project, or task that you are struggling with, don’t hesitate to tag someone in to help. If you are working toward the development of a new workout facility or home gym, or you are evaluating your current facility to develop a focused renovation plan, Power Systems is here to help. We have over 30 years of experience and a wide variety of products to get you exactly what you need. We love hearing about your plans and goals and we love it even more when you invite us to be a part of it. That’s why we are here, to Power Your Potential.

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Elisabeth Fouts

About Elisabeth Fouts

Elisabeth serves as the Education Coordinator for Power Systems and is their primary content contributor for blogs and articles on a variety of subjects from personal training and group fitness programming to product spotlights and health club operations. She holds a B.S. in Exercise Science and has over 12 years of experience in the fitness industry from a personal trainer & group fitness instructor to regional level fitness management. Elisabeth is also a Master Trainer for PowerWave Master and holds industry group fitness certifications with ACE & Les Mills.