Another universal coincidence. The Rock posted the other day about fighting through the noise. I believe in yesterday’s piece I specifically said you have to shut out the noise in order to move forward so this is a concept we need to dive into a bit more. Our brains are meant to protect us which means they are trained to pick up the crucial details of what’s around us and determine if anything is going to hurt us. That’s fantastic and extremely helpful for the primal part of the brain. I mean, how often do you see people walking and texting or even driving and texting? Their attention is so divided not only are they putting themselves in harms way, they are putting others in harms way as well. We need to know if danger is coming. But our society is so filled with constant stimulation that our brain easily overloads with information that we struggle to distinguish what we really need to know versus the junk.
On any self-improvement journey, the important versus the junk is highly personal. What matters to someone on a fitness journey isn’t the same as what’s important to someone trying to break into writing. Of course there is overlap (we need to be healthy no mater what we do to perform at our best) but the priority will not be the same for everyone and the priority also shifts. And the priority shifts again depending on the environment we are in. That’s the other beautiful part about the brain: we can shift between tasks and prioritize differently depending on where we are and what we are doing. So, we have this gorgeous biological machine that not only protects us, but can create and focus on different things that drive toward different goals. The brain is awesome! It just doesn’t know how to prioritize when it’s left to its own devices.
That is when the focus becomes crucial and developing focus is a practice. Our brain, like any muscle needs to be developed. Yes, I know the brain isn’t actually a muscle, but the tasks we assign to it need to be developed the same way a muscle would. Give yourself the time to practice the disciplines needed to create the life you want. Give yourself the gift of shutting out the noise and focusing your energy on your core, your purpose. Learn what doesn’t need your attention in the moment and let it go. On the other hand, learn what requires your time and attention and follow that. We are all capable of great things. We won’t all achieve great things because we don’t all have the drive to cut out what doesn’t work—that requires stepping out of our comfort zone. Do it and do it again until that comfort zone expands. And then do it some more. You will know what works for you the more you practice listening to your own voice. Block out the rest and hear your intuition.