by Cara Lumen
What we focus on is what shows up in our world. So it makes a lot of sense to notice where we are placing our attention. Chris Brogan looks at attention as currency and that got me thinking about how I spend that most valuable asset.
Do you hang out in the past, present or future?
Do I spend my time remember the past and wishing I had made a different choice? Do I sit around making lists and dreaming up things for the future? That has its place but what is the proportion of time spent on “what if’s.” Or can I be in the now, the present, the moment at hand, and savor it and absorb all the moment has to offer.
What are your moment to moment choices?
Seth Godin had a great blog post listing all the things you could do if you didn’t watch TV. It includes things like starting an online store, or writing a book, or hey, something really life changing like proposing to someone (that’s mine, not his)
I often go back to work on my computer in the evening. Sometimes I do small organizational things and sometimes I tackle something big like write a new radio script, or work on another draft of my ebook. I do watch the rhythm of my body during the day – I get up and move around when it hollers loud enough at me. I’m usually willing to sit in the afternoon sun and read awhile and I’m not adverse to a short doze while there.
And when my young cats Sebastian or Sabrina come to sit on my lap I actually take time to not only pet them but to focus on how much I love and appreciate them. Sometimes they interrupt me and I don’t want to stop for them but maybe they sense the need for me to pause and are actually taking care of me when they ask me to take a break. Do you focus on the moment? Every moment? Each moment? Do you appreciate its richness? Its texture? Its gift?
Where is your attention in your business?
I’m spending a lot of time on my blog because I love doing it and it helps me build community. I also love my radio shows because there is more time to develop an idea and talk about it. And it helps me reach people who prefer to listen rather than read. I also spend time creating more information products. I’m a teacher at heart and helping people learn new things is very special to me.
And I volunteer. Right now I am adding content ideas to the revision of Michael Port’s “Book Yourself Solid.” I’m adding information on blogging and radio that were not in the original book and adding more how to the information product section. Other Book Yourself Solid Coaches are adding information on social media. We will be given credit in the book but meanwhile we are helping create the very program we teach.
I write copy for others. Sharon Sayler’s new book “What Your Body Says and How to Master it” will be out in June and I’m writing landing pages and reports for her.
And I coach. My focus is on helping people build an internet presence – a profitable internet presence.
What I get to do with my attention is continually figure out how to add more value in these areas, how to draw more people into my community and serve them better, how to write that eye-opening, insight-giving book that will change some lives, and how to inspire others to believe they can!
What is your attention focused on? What are you attracting because of it? Change your focus, change your life.
© 2010 Cara Lumen