Weekly Motivational Theme: 5 Reality Check Quotes About Focus

I will be the first to admit that my 2022 has not started off in an orderly, organized, productive manner! After a month of the plague moving systematically through each member of the family--and sticking around for weeks, a daughter getting a first driver's license, two daughters heading back to school for the second semester and each facing some unexpected challenges, a sick dog, a house/schedule/work/life in disarray from the rocky start to the year--I am starting the new year all over beginning this week! It is time to take a few steps back, re-prioritize, re-group, and get things back into FOCUS.


 For the past several years, I have declared a "word of the year" instead of the usual New Year's Resolutions. My family took a mini-vacation at the beginning of the new year. Then, we came home to the launch of the current state of chaos within a day. While I didn't create a Word of the Year post this year (not yet anyway!)--I really felt that the phrase "I Can" was most appropriate to guide me this year.


Well. The past couple of months has literally put that phrase to a daily test of strength and faith! I had many days when I found myself struggling to physically, mentally, spiritually, realistically do many of the tasks on the day's to-do list! I have stepped back many times, on many days, and taken a deep breath and whispered (prayed/hoped), "I can do this."


I have decided to share my motivational theme of the week this week. If you follow me on Twitter--you know I often share motivational quotes and generally align my thoughts for the week around a specific theme or topic. My tweets have been sporadic at best this year, but they are a little more organized this week, I think!


Focus and clarity are vital to getting me back on track toward my goals--and I need to be honest about how that focus impacts my day, my life, and my successes. Today, I wanted to share some inspirational quotes about focus and some realistic realizations about focus too!

5 Reality Check Quotes About Focus

This week, I will...
Focus on Solutions 
My husband always says that anyone can find/make/identify problems. It is a lot more work/ability/talent to find solutions.  
It is oh so easy to focus on excuses and blame other people, places, and things for the current state of my home/self/life/etc. BUT--the reality is--some problems need solutions. Anger, blame, and excuses are not going to fix the issues.

It is wise to direct your anger towards problems – not people;
to focus your energies on answers-- not excuses.” -William Arthur Ward

This week, I will..


Focus on Rolling Up My Sleeves and Getting Stuff Done


Every day, my daughter makes her RUOSAGSD List. 


Roll Up Our Sleeves and Get Stuff Done.


Her RUOSAGSD list focuses her, grounds her, gives her a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of control--and makes her to-do list title just a bit more fun!

cannot guarantee that the results I seek will appear if I do everything on my list. But, I can guarantee that if I don't put in the effort this week and try--the results are certainly not going to happen miraculously!

“At the end of the day, you can’t control the results;
you can only control your effort level and your focus.” – Ben Zobrist

This week, I will...

Focus on The Journey

I have been so focused on end results for the last eight weeks. Getting passports, my daughter passing her driver's license test, getting everyone back to school after the break, getting everyone healthy during our viral round, getting the husband off to his sister's for a mini-vacation with siblings, keeping the chaos at a dull roar all swirled around my thoughts all day every day.  
I cannot remember one thing that made me smile in the past two months. I cannot remember doing anything just for fun. I cannot remember stepping back and enjoying a sound, a sight, a smell, a taste, a thought.  
Life is a journey--not a destination. It is time to focus on the joy of doing and being and succeeding and accomplishing!
“Focus on the journey, not the destination.
Joy is found not in finishing the activity , but in doing it." –Greg Anderson


This week, I will...

Focus on The Positive

I am not sure what curve balls this week has in store for me. Hopefully, I get a few home runs and some easy pitches--but if not, I need to focus on the positive things in my life and not just the random, high-speed curve balls!

“Whenever something bad happens, keep calm,
take a few deep breaths and shift the focus to something positive.” – Roy T. Bennett

This week, I will...

Focus on Getting Focused

Lately, I have been running in 20 different directions, running damage control, and juggling 30 hats simultaneously. I need to choose a direction and set a course to find my path. Using my 24-hour day effectively is one thing--but using the time efficiently and productively is much more valuable!

 “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. 
We all have twenty-four-hour days.” – Zig Ziglar


What goals are you working on this week?  

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