The Gift of Attention
As a child, I was diagnosed with ADD and Dyslexia. That's a bummer of a combo. But I've spent my life training myself to focus my attention, create habits of concentration, and to develop my own process for reading.
The mind is a space full of rooms. Rooms like Happiness, Anger, Stress, Gratitude, Wonder, and more. Our attention floats around like a giant beach ball. Contrary to popular belief, we have full control over where that ball of attention lands, in every moment. The energy goes where we place our attention.
When my attention veers towards anger, I must deliberately bring it back to a positive emotion (room) of gratitude or patience. It's not always easy, but it's always possible. At this point, I'm developing subconscious habits of this practice.
Like anything else, we create habits from the things we practice. One way I practice this is to stop trying to multitask. Multitasking sets me up to do lots of things with mediocrity and nothing with excellence. That's not who I want to be. Instead, I choose to give my undivided attention to whatever it is I'm doing.
I also believe that one of the greatest gifts we can give someone is our undivided attention. Think of how it makes you feel when someone gives you theirs. You can give that gift to people every time you interact with them. It helps people feel validated, loved, and valued.
Learning to focus my attention and concentrate has also proven to be one of the greatest gifts I can give myself, my businesses, and anything else I care about.