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That statement – focus like a child – might sound like a bit of an oxymoron, but hear me out.
Kids often focus on one thing at a time.
Think back to your child’s earliest baby days. When they saw their hand for the first time, they were mesmerized and nothing else got their attention while they focused on that hand.
The next day that same hand could hold their attention for just as long, if not even longer.
A few days later it might have been a foot that held their attention for an extended period of time.
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As our children grow, their attention is still focused on one thing at a time. My six month old could do the same activity for 10 minutes at a time, while I would be flitting around trying to check social media, write a blog post, and send a text message.
At a year, he could shoot a basketball into his little Little Tikes hoop for 30 minutes without stopping. Yet, there I was – again – running from talking on the phone to, to cranking out another blog post, and creating a new product for my teaching store. Did I mention I was also trying to make supper at the same time? (This might explain those burned meals!)
As adults we tend to “flutter” from one thing to the next, but are we really doing anything well?
My son has caused me to take a step back and really refocus on my priorities.
What should focus and get the most of my attention?
What can wait until tomorrow?
What are my priorities?
We are living in a world where everyone goes 100 miles a minute. We have to do it all. We have to be it all. But do we really?
Is it enough to focus on one thing at a time? Will we be able to #doallthethings if I’m not doing them all at once?
I know the answer is yes, but finding focus and changing my priorities takes work.
However, it’ll all be worth it in the end – when I focus like a child.
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