Focus and Discipline

August 28th, 2011

I performed  a dark moon ritual last night and was reminded of something that most people need to be reminded of periodically. I was told many people don’t receive what they are seeking because they lack proper focus and discipline. Many people develop their will and know (or think they know) what they want to accomplish, but they cannot seem to make it work out.

Many self-help books talk about the importance of taking time to think about what you want in life. They talk about the importance of setting goals and visualizing them. They push activities like speaking out affirmations into a mirror, or in the car. But even after reading and following the advice of many of these books, so many people can’t seem to make any headway toward accomplishing their goals.

It is be cause they lack discipline. Discipline is that “dirty” word that self-help books don’t want to talk about too much, or else the system sold in the book will sound like real work. That would hurt sales.

Here are some things that I am working on improving in myself that you might find helpful.

  1. Daily ritual – It is important to do a small ritual every day. Pick a time to do it, such as first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening. It should be a ritual that raises your Kundalini energy up the chakras. I previously wrote about a small ritual that does this, though I’d recommend reversing the order of the chakras and starting from Muladhara and finishing with Sahasrara.
  2. Focus and be mindful – Mental focus and mindfulness are a form of disciplining the mind. If you go through your day allowing yourself to be distracted by all the things that demand your attention, you will find that you worked hard and finished nothing. This is particularly important at work, since with the economy crashing around us, only those who are productive will be employed. If you can’t focus your mind on the task your on, you won’t be helping your company to grow (or possibly survive). You also won’t have the focus necessary to find a new job if that becomes necessary.
  3. Prioritize everything – Do only the most important thing that you can be doing right now. This is where it is important to know your will, because what is the most important thing you can be doing is always determined in relation to your will. Don’t waste your time on things that won’t really matter. That is just busywork that you like to do to give yourself the feeling of being productive and disciplined, even though you are not. This includes prioritizing family time, meditation and ritual time, sleeping time, and work time.
  4. Block-schedule your time – This means to plan your day by the half-hour. Start from the time you get up in the morning (with an alarm so you don’t oversleep) and go through all the way until it is bedtime. During your work-hours, consider breaking this down to 15-minute increments. Set a timer or alarm for each time you need to change tasks, according to the schedule. Follow this schedule and you will find that you will get a lot more accomplished everyday.

When you develop the habits of strong focus and discipline, you will find yourself able to finish what you start, be able to confidently commit to new things, and you will find that you make more money while not sacrificing yourself or your family.

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