Recently I was thinking about how we can apply this similar concept to our personal life. We can use data and feedback from our life to make changes and grow. If we pay close attention we would notice feedback about our health, our finances, our relationships, our family, our career, our goals, our happiness, our spirituality, etc. The info is all there. The quality of your life and emotions in each of these areas is the biggest indicator of your current state. Data is coming at us all the time through multiple channels.
The questions is: Are you taking note of the feedback you get about your life and adjusting accordingly?
The feedback/data is letting you know if you are going in the right direction and it is in correlation to where you are putting your focus. In your personal life focus is king.
Your dominant focus moment to moment is dictating your outcomes in life. If you are not sure where your focus is most of the time just ask yourself a few simple questions and answer with radical honesty:
How do I feel most of the time?
What am I doing every day to move in the direction of my goals?
Am I truly happy?
Do the people I'm surrounded by lift me up?
Do I complain more than once a month?
Do I feel stress or anxiety most days?
If your answers are below the standard that you think you should be feeling, THEN IT'S TIME TO SHIFT YOUR FOCUS. The data is telling you to make a change. In some small way you need to start changing your thinking, your words, and your actions.
Below are a few ways to start new practices that help shift your focus.
1. Eat whole foods. We all know this on some level but as a reminder you are what you eat.
2. Raise your standards. Hold yourself accountable and only do the things that feel good. Full stop.
3. Appreciate what you have. Make this a daily habit.
4. Write down how your want to feel daily. A powerful tool to help reset your mind and thought patterns.
5. Ask yourself better questions. Your focus is determined by your questions.
6. Spend time with people who force you to level up in all parts of your life. Who makes it onto your list of uplifting relationships?
7. Take breaks from social media. I actually block my whole Facebook news feed (I see an inspirational quote instead) and that alone has increased my happiness and focus 10 fold.
The most important thing to remember is that change happens day by day in the small moments. Make adjustments, see how it feels and then make another adjustment. Without self-judgment use the data as feedback to make a change and get unstuck. Pivot, enjoy, focus, pivot, enjoy, focus.
What feedback are you getting about your life?