6 Great Questions that Will Help You Find Your Focus
Do you have a ton to do and have no idea where to start?
Would you like to know with each step you take you're heading
in the right direction? Would you like to narrow your "to
do" list down to a few key items and let go of the rest?
Would you like to work smarter, not harder?
The questions below will help you do just that. Answering
these questions will help you find your focus so you can do
what you want to do and feel great about your life while youíre
1. What do I care about most? Or, where is my heart leading
Only when you allow yourself to do what you care about most
will you begin feeling better about your life.
Asking this question will give your HEART a space to speak
and be heard. When we get wrapped up in all the "stuff"
we have to do we often overlook what our heart wants.
2. What do I really, really want to do? Or, ask yourself "is
this what I really want?" If the answer is "no",
ask yourself why you're doing it and then find a way to stop
doing it. So much life is wasted doing things we donít want
Doing what you really want is a process of identifying and
letting go of the things that you donít want and replacing
them with things that you do want. Overtime youíll rebalance
your life to include MORE of what you want to do.
This question will give your DREAMS an opportunity to come
to life. This one question could set your life on a new course.
3. How do I want to feel while Iím doing what Iím doing? If
what youíre doing doesnít give you pleasure while youíre doing
it, you may be on the wrong track. Why? Because "doing"
takes up much more time then the result. The result happens
once. We reach each goal only once and then itís over. The
journey to our goals is what fills our life with experiences.
If youíre not feeling good during the "doing" (aka
Ė the journey) is it really worth it?
This question allows your SPIRIT to come alive Ė to be experienced.
Give yourself permission to do things that feel good and youíll
live an inspired life.
4. What is the "for sake of what" behind what Iím
doing? Another way to word this question would be, "In
the big picture of my life what purpose does this action serve?"
If the answer isnít clear you may be letting life lead you.
This question helps you CONNECT THE DOTS and make better choices
for your life. Basing your actions on a clear purpose puts
you in the driver's seat which means you are LEADING your
life instead of letting it lead you.
5. What am I going to do? Make a list of all the things you
care about and all the things you really want to do and prioritize
them with a "1-2-3" approach. Rank your list in
order of importance.
Of course we make choices (decisions) about what we're going
to do all day long BUT how often do we make choices after
asking questions 1-4? Answering the above questions FIRST
will give you the opportunity to bring more of what you really
want into your life.
This question requires a CHOICE be made. Now you've narrowed
6. How am I going to do it? After narrowing your focus create
a mini action plan for each item. Write down the steps youíll
need to take to make it happen.
Tip: only focus on 1 or 2 things at a time (ex: over the period
of 1 month). Donít try to do everything at once. That will
just lead to overwhelm. Give yourself a chance to worker smarter
and you will get more done.
This question will inspire you to TAKE ACTION. Nothing happens
without it. In order to create the life you want you have
to give your dreams, heart and spirit a voice and space in
your life. However, this alone wonít make things happen. You
have to channel all these things into a clear course of action.
Instead of jumping into your "to do" list, take
some time to reflect upon these questions. By doing so you'll
put yourself on a life and/or business path that reflects
more of what you really want. Determine your FOCUS first and
you'll live a fuller, richer life.
Copyright © 2006 Cari Vollmer
Cari Vollmer, personal growth expert, is the founder
of LifeOnTrack.com and InspireYourDay.com. For practical life
strategies and success tips, sign up for LifeOnTrack.comís
FREE e-zine, LivingOnTrack, at http://www.LifeOnTrack.com
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