How To Lean In And Find Focus

How To Lean In And Find Focus

Are you struggling to make headway on your priorities? Jillian dives into some strategies that might work for you.

Change Is Hard

If you are trying to make a big change in your life, it can be difficult. If you are trying to make more than two or three major changes in your life, it can be frustrating because you don't have the time to dedicate to each of your goals.

Change is hard, and we don't like to do hard things. And the bigger the changes, the harder it's going to be. So I really encourage people to think about, as you're approaching these goals, as you're approaching this new year, what's the place where you really want to lean in? 

As a coach, people frequently ask Jillian if it is okay to have a lot of top priorities. Instead of pursuing many goals at once, Jillian suggests really leaning into a goal or three goals for the next 12 weeks. Unfortunately, we cannot do all the things at one time. Even though it might be tempting, it is just not feasible.

Lean In

With that, you need to decide which two or three things you want to lean into for the next 12 weeks. Next, decide where you can just show up but not focus your energy on. Finally, you need to decide which areas of your life that can drift a little bit. If you've already focused on an area and created a stable foundation in that area, then you can steal a little bit of time and energy away from that area of your life for the next couple of weeks.

For example, when Jillian's home welcomed three adopted children into their home, there were so many things to do. Of course, Jillian had to focus a lot of time and energy into taking care of four little kids. There was no time to take care of herself or exercise beyond one-minute intervals a few times a day.

Think about the next twelve weeks, what do you really want to lean into?

It could be your personal finances, your relationships, therapy or a side hustle that you want to get off the ground. Whatever it is, you can make a commitment to lean in for the next 12 weeks. However, you should stick to one, or two, or three.

Figure out what you want your focus to be over the next twelve weeks and then gather some support.

You need to have a conversation with your family and friends to gain support. They can help you to focus on the area that matters most in this season of your life.

We don’t have to do all the things all at once all at the exact same time because change is hard and we don't like to do hard things. So pick one, or two, or three things over the next twelve weeks that you can really lean into.

Remember, you don't need to be perfect. You just need to be a little bit more courageous every single day. Adventure awaits!

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