How To Focus A Scattered Mind
Mar. 24, 2021
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A lot of people have commented on how calm of a person I am in public, which is something I had learn to be good at. And the truth behind me always being so calm actually has two elements to it. It starts with focusing my mind to help find patience, and follows with other aspects — which I’ll talk about in another blog post.
This start of focusing the mind all comes down to awareness!
A lot of people have trouble focusing for one reason or another. It could be something personal that’s distracting, or an outside distraction, such as world event or something with surroundings. In my case, as I’m sure many others can relate, ideas and thoughts kept streaming into my head which kept me from concentrating on one thing. However, in 2012 when I found myself in a position where I was being introduced to a lot of high profile figures in music/entertainment, I noticed I could find a calmness that helped me focus better, and led to connecting better.
Six years later I began to understand this better when I dug into the idea that attention and connection lead to creativity which what I’m all about today (if you are new to my blog and don’t know what I’m talking about, read here). I realized there was another element in play which helped me remain calm and focus; awareness.
In my blog post Why Attention Is Powerful I talk about how attention drives our focus, but awareness is important as well. Awareness comes into play in two ways I’ve realized. You need good awareness so you can react better to things you are giving attention to, this leads to patience. The second way is awareness helps you catch yourself from distractions and then you can give attention to what or who is needed.
These both allow for not only better focus, they also give way for a wave of calmness to find it’s way into you.
By being aware of what’s going on around you, and what/who you’re giving attention to, you can easily determine what is the most important thing in that moment. And by doing so, you will usually end up back at what’s most important to tackle next, or who you are with.
The other side is to just let your mind go where it needs if you easily get distracted. Why? There’s a high chance you’ll just feel way to distracted regardless if you’re mind is all over the place. There’s a better chance of you “catching” yourself in these moments, because of awareness, which will lead you to realizing the need to refocus.
Awareness allows you to find patience because it stops you from reacting in unnecessary ways as well. This is really what gurus mean when they talk about emotional intelligence. Patience is SO important in life in general, but when you think about it, in a funny way, being patient with yourself actually allows you to get more done (I’m writing another blog post about this).
These aspects of how awareness is important to focusing really helped me and my scattered mind at an early stage in my career. I found I could always catch myself and let the patience guide being calm so my attention was exactly where it was needed to be. The start of finding a calmness when in public always starts with awareness so I can focus my mind. If you are like I am, a creative flowing with ideas and thoughts, awareness helps you get to that point of giving attention to what’s most important, to what’s needed.
I should mentioned this wasn’t easy to write because calmness, as with connection, is something that has always come naturally for me. But this blog post shared what I've come to understand about the start of it all; the finding focus.