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30 Day Life Challenge: June 16, Focus

30 Day Life Challenge
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2016 is the Year of “Happy” at Lexicon. We’ve taken on the challenge of helping you find more of your own, bringing you holistic tips and techniques to help you find not only professional success but personal fulfillment. At the beginning of this month we launched a challenge to get that going.

Day sixteen of the 30 Day Life Challenge…

The quote that got this all started is “People don’t go out and live, but they expect life results.” We want you to start getting the results you want; this may take some focus.

Define Focus


1. the center of interest or activity.
“this generation has made the environment a focus of attention”
“schools are a focus of community life”
2. the state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition.
“his face is rather out of focus”
1. (of a person or their eyes) adapt to the prevailing level of light and become able to see clearly.
“try to focus on a stationary object”
2. pay particular attention to.
“the study will focus on a number of areas in Wales”

I always find it helpful to go to the dictionary when I’m thinking about a concept, trying to understand how it might apply to me and how I can use it. Looking up “focus” on Google, provided some interesting results. The term can refer to a thing or an action–a particular point of interest or a state of being AND the action of adjusting one’s vision to see that particular point of interest or to enter that state of being.

Adjust Your Focus

Today, in our quest for happy, we ask you to try an experiment. Work to purposely shift your focus today. Away from those things that usually capture your attention. Away from those things that steal your attention. Away from those things that drain your attention. Choose an interesting object or a particular thought in your mind–something beautiful or puzzling or challenging–and focus on it. Maybe for only a few moments, but for as long as you can without losing focus, without shifting to something else. Focus.

Then tell us what happened. We have a feeling you might discover something about yourself that you didn’t know before. Drop us a comment below and let us know how your 30 days are going!

Kate E. Stephenson is a freelance communications specialist whose business encompasses content writing, comprehensive editing and quality resume services. Lexicon is her brainchild, a blog all about Language—insight into today’s job market and hiring tips, book releases and reviews, and general folly concerning the many mysterious facets of the English language and human communication. Be sure to read more about Kate, check out a full listing of services, and enjoy her columns here on Lexicon and on!






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