Split Your Focus Without Losing It

If you’re like me, you had every intention of taking stock over the holidays of where you’ve been in the past year, where you are now and where you want to go in 2007. Also if you’re like me, you haven’t quite gotten around to this accounting.

All is not lost. You haven’t missed your opportunity just because the holidays are past. If you still want to acknowledge and celebrate what you accomplished in 2006 and set yourself goals for this year, there’s an easy and efficient way to do so.

Think of writing a report on your trusty PC or Mac while it downloads your email. In computer parlance, your messages are being retrieved “in the background.” This mimics our human ability to focus our attention and perform a task while simultaneously thinking about something else. With apologies beforehand for the pun, mental multitasking comes so naturally to us that most of the time we don’t give it a thought.

Life is easier when you belong to a species with the brainpower to pull off such an apparently “mindless” trick. Even more to our advantage, it allows us to exploit the power of the Law of Attraction, which is that you get what you focus on, even if you’ve forgotten (or haven’t consciously formulated) what it is that’s drawing your attention.

I discovered this in my younger years, as a stand-up comedienne. It made sense that when I sat down aiming to write humor for my act, funny stuff came to mind. What seemed to defy logic is that some of my best bits came to me when I was thinking of something else. I would be driving, concentrating on traffic and suddenly crack up (figuratively, not literally). I would also dream jokes and wake up in the middle of the night to scribble them down.

Gradually, I grew very conscious of my mind’s ability to bring my intentions to fruition “in the background.” I have relied on this power ever since to help me achieve my goals in life.

This week, use the Law of Attraction to your own advantage. Jot down what you want your mind to work on. You might start with, “What do I want to celebrate about 2006?” Assign your mind the task of recalling moments and events that made you feel positive in the past year. As your memories surface, honor them for what they are: aspects of your life to savor and cherish.

Here are more questions to prime your thinking:

• What do I really like about where I am now?

• Where would I like to be, or what would I like to have, by this time next year?

• How do I intend to grow in 2007?

• What would I like to add to my life?

As your mind weighs an answer in the background, pay close attention to how your body feels. You should feel good. If you don’t, you’re likely focusing on what you didn’t achieve last year. That serves no purpose and only causes you to be discouraged.

For some real fun, ponder one of these questions while you’re falling asleep. My friend Rick is a computer technician who assigns his brain a technical problem at night and more often than not wakes up with the solution. This is the Law of Attraction at its finest—put it to work for you! (Keep a notepad by your bed. Otherwise, that brilliant thought that you’re sure you’ll recall in the morning could become lost to the ages.)

As this new year opens, resolve to leverage the Law of Attraction. Pay attention to what you’re asking for in life and give your brain free rein to help you achieve it, through its trick of splitting your focus without losing it.

You’ll find that you really can make 2007 everything you want it to be. All it takes on your part is half a mind to!

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