August 6, 2010.
"You can't pick cherries with your back to the tree." John Pierpont Morgan
Staying on top of our game isn't always easy. In fact, sometimes it's downright difficult. With life buzzing by at breakneck speed, we constantly get pulled in one direction and then tugged in another. When you toss in the fact that many of us work at jobs we don't like, doing things we don't like to do, it's a small wonder we're able to maintain any focus whatsoever.
Since we'd rather be just about anywhere but where we are right now, we frequently drift off into a fog-like trance. Instead of paying attention, we barely go through the motions. Rather than staying focused on what we're supposed to be doing, we're basically asleep at the wheel. Lost in a lazy, hazy, almost zombie like daze, we begin to lose our focus, lose our concentration. And lose out on some of life's greatest moments as well.
"The secret of success is constancy of purpose." Benjamin Disraeli
Day after day, many of us follow the same basic blueprint. We clock in - and immediately check out. Instead of making the most of the moment at hand, we think about where we'd rather be, what we'd rather be doing. We envision our lives as they could be, as they should be. And wish we could do something different; something more fun, something more exciting. But we don't. And our days turn into big, boring yawn-a-thons.
Our lives lack the spark, the drive, the sizzle we long to experience. Before long, we start feeling unfulfilled, empty and alone. And we stop giving life everything we've got. Oh sure, we want to do better, want to be better; but our hearts are just not in it. And it shows. Since we're not doing what we were born to do, we end up way off course, way off target.
And way unhappy as well.
"The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus." Alexander Graham Bell
Look, I know we sometimes get tired of how our lives are going and where we are headed as well. It's only natural to want more out of life, more of the best the world has to offer. But let's set the record straight, it is not natural to follow a path that doesn't get you where you want to go. And that's precisely what many of us do.
We know what we want. We have pictured the lives we desire a thousand times over in our minds. This powerful picture resonates deep in our hearts, reverberates down in our souls. It is what we're all about. Yet for one reason or no reason at all, we don't go get it, we don't make it happen. Somehow, somewhere along the way, we stopped focusing on what really matters in life. We stopped believing we have what it takes.
And we stopped expecting our dreams to come true.
"Concentration is the secret of strength." Ralph Waldo Emerson
You know what you want out of life, don't you? You know where you want to go, the roads you want to take as well, right? So are you getting what you want? Is the path you're on the one thats just right for you? Or could things get better? Maybe a whole lot better? If what you're doing isn't turning you on, isn't making your life all it could be and more, then maybe you should turn things around.
And tune into what your heart tells you to do.
You need to turn off life's distractions and turn your attention to the things that count. Instead of getting bogged down in the meaningless mire, why don't you open your eyes, your mind and your heart to the beauty of life - and see where it takes you? Hey, you'll never know what's just around the corner or just around the bend unless you take a look.
So take that look.
You'll suddenly see opportunities you never knew existed. And discover riches beyond your wildest imagination. Best of all, you'll start living a life filled with happiness, joy and fulfillment.
The life you were born to live.
The Bottom Line: Look for the best in life. And then go get it.
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