How to focus the hyper creative mind to achieve success

How to focus the hyper creative mind to achieve success

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What do you want to be when you grow up? It sounds like a simple question, right? Well, whether you’re age 10 or age 40, that question is likely to make you feel a little uneasy if you’re a Hyper Creative entrepreneur.

Why? Because if you are a true hyper creative person, you do not know what you want to be no matter how old you are. The answer to that question for you seems to be, “Well, today I think I want to be a writer. Ask me in a week and I might say something else.”

That’s how you feel inside and if you say that out loud, then you get that look from the person asking you the question–that judgmental look which makes you feel as if there is something wrong with you because you can’t seem to settle down and just decide.

In our society we equate mentally hopping from one passion to the next with childhood. Children are supposed to do that. They are expected to explore and discover and try a number of passions until finding the one that is right for them. But there seems to be some unwritten rule that says adults aren’t supposed to allow our brains hop around like that. We are just supposed to know which area is right and stick with that.

But for the hyper creative adult, the idea of sticking with one thing can feel worse than a death sentence–the very thought of it can make you feel like screaming and running from the room.

It’s true that hyper creative individuals have some characteristics that appear to be similar to ADHD; however, these characteristics are not the same at all. Someone with ADHD might have problems remaining focused while someone with hyper creativity might be focused on so many things that none of them gets done well. Over a period of time this can certainly interfere with success and happiness.

As a hyper creative person, what can you do to set yourself up for success and happiness?

This is easier than you think. The trick here is not specifically what you do, but how you do it. So the question for you is not, “What do you want to be when you grow up” but “How do I want to be when I grow up?”

So shift your thinking away from the what (that can and will change) and refocus on the how.

You can help yourself with this by making it your priority to develop your personal mental filter. You will then use this mental filter to make your business decisions. If a job offer, or client, or even your website tagline, comes through your filter with flying colors, then say yes to it. Here’s what needs to go in your filter:

1. Will this opportunity allow me to be creative?

Let’s take the tagline as an example. If you create a website for your business and you develop a tagline, ask yourself if that tagline, what your business is going to do, will allow you to continue being creative. If it is too confining for you, you’ll ultimately end up rebelling, which will not lead to success. The last thing you want to do is develop a list of clientele who slot into your tagline so that you become known for that thing in a way that keeps you from growing. But if your tagline will continue to allow you/your business to be creative and grow, go for it.

2. Will I be able to get help with the aspects that I don’t want, like, or care to do?

Is the payoff great enough that I can make myself slog through those areas?

Hyper-creatives are notorious for hating to do the middle part of tasks or jobs. The initial idea part is exhilarating, and the ending is satisfying, so when you think about tackling a project or job, be sure to think about the elements that you know you won’t be excited about doing. Then be honest with yourself about whether you know people who can do those tasks or if the paycheck or contribution to society is great enough that you’ll be able to make yourself do them even when you don’t want to.

A Note for Hyper-Creatives on Being Happy

Happiness is not something you achieve. It is an attitude and habit. Whenever you think, “Once I do xyz I will be happy,” you are doomed to fail.

There are many paths to being happy, but here are two techniques any hyper creative can use, right now.

1. Accept that there is nothing wrong with you. Nothing. Having a hyper-creative mind is part of who you are. The fact that others do not understand what makes you tick is not your problem. Once you stop fighting against who you are and embrace your hyper creativity as a gift and not a curse, you will be able to start using it to your advantage and you will be happier.

2. Practice kindness and make someone else happy. As they say, you can make yourself happier by making others happy. To get you started here are 21 ways to practice kindness today and instantly feel happier.

You are hyper creative. Say it loud and say it proud, because there is absolutely nothing wrong with you. Here’s to your success and happiness!

Your ability to focus on a task until it is complete is one of the greatest indicators of your future success.

All millionaires and billionaires have mastered the art of single focusing on one thing until completion before they move onto the next task.

However, we live in a world that is full of distractions and notifications that are constantly vying for your attention.

Your brain is simply not equipped to deal with the massive number of ‘shiny objects’ that are perpetually trying to disrupt your focus.

Learning to become the master of your brain instead of its slave is no easy task.

But, with a few simple hacks, you can quickly take charge of your mind and develop laser-like focus.

1. Start Each Morning With Exercise

One of the most important things that you can do for your brain and your overall well-being is to start every morning with exercise .

You don’t have to go to the gym and spend 3 hours pumping iron like Arnold in his prime either.

Simply getting the blood flowing for 20 minutes will sufficiently spark your mind and help you develop stronger focus throughout the day.

Some great activities to try are; swimming, racquetball, yoga, or cycling.

These exercises are relatively low impact on your body and are a heckuva lot more fun than mindlessly running on the “dreadmill” each morning.

2. Don’t Break Your Fast too Early

If you have been following the health and fitness or biohacking industries in recent years then you have inevitably heard about the phenomenon called intermittent fasting.

Intermittent fasting , or IF, is a fairly simple concept.

For 16 hours out of the day, you fast completely and then consume all of your calories in an 8-hour window.

It is actually a lot easier than it sounds and has numerous benefits.

Outside of the benefits to your metabolism and fat loss goals, IF actually helps you to have more focus in the morning because your body is not wasting precious energy digesting foods.

Instead, it can allocate all of those resources to helping you concentrate on the task at hand .

The best way that I have found to do IF is to skip breakfast , instead drinking 1-2 cups of black coffee, and then break your fast around 1 p.m., eating your last meal around 9 p.m.

If you do this, your focus will shoot through the roof.

3. Get More (Good) Fats in Your Diet

The human brain is made up of roughly 60% fat.

That’s pretty considerable when you think about it!

This poses a problem for the people who have been proponents of low fat diets throughout the years.

One of the best ways to quickly improve cognitive function and thereby your focus is to get more fats in your diet.

If you are following intermittent fasting then I recommend that you eat a lunch that has at least 30 grams of fat in it.

Nuts, avocados, eggs, and coconut oil are all great ways to get healthy fats into your diet and help your brain run more smoothly.

4. Use nootropic herbs.

Recently I’ve been testing with the herb licorice root through a friend’s recommendation and has gotten great results. It contains g lycyrrhizin, a compound that stops brain fog, cloudy-headedness, afternoon fatigue, and sleep disruption by preventing the breakdown of adrenal hormones such as cortisol.

The way I take it is in tea form. I basically just boil it in hot water and drink it daily.

There are other herbs with brain function enhancing properties you can test your self such as schizandra and ginkgo biloba.

4. Write Out Your Critical Tasks Each Hour

One of the best ways to keep your brain focused is to write out the tasks that you want to accomplish within the next hour and then time how long it takes until completion.

By writing out your key tasks each hour, you will refocus your brain on most important projects, and by timing yourself, you will add a sense of urgency that will help you stay focused.

5. Eliminate Pointless Distractions

I really shouldn’t even have to say this.

If your phone is constantly buzzing with new Snapchat notifications and your computer continually dings with new updates on your Facebook feed, then how in the world do you expect to stay focused?

This means that, while you are working, your phone is on airplane mode , your computer has all notifications disabled, and you clearly inform coworkers that you are not to be disturbed.

6. Set Small Daily Goals

Having huge, game changing goals is great.

Everyone should have a bigger vision for who they can be and what they can achieve.

But staying focused on a 10-year vision is no easy task, especially when trying to get through the tiring minutia of the day.

Whether you are bogged down with content marketing , emailing annoying clients, or writing new content , it can be easy to lose focus on the bigger picture.

Instead of focusing on your big, long term goals, start setting small daily goals.

By focusing only on what needs to be accomplished in any one given day, you will set yourself up for success.

Achieving small daily goals will wire your brain for success and trigger the reward mechanism, releasing dopamine when you accomplish your goal.

This will help you stay more focused and increase the odds of you achieving tomorrow’s goal.

7. Get Enough Sleep

Nothing will ruin your focus more than consistent sleep deprivation .

Some of the most successful individuals in our modern business world have attributed much of their success to sleeping 8 hours a night.

You need to sleep more if you want to achieve maximum focus. This is true for everyone ranging from jet lagged digital workers to corporate executives.

Try and get 7 hours of high quality sleep per night minimum.

Conclusion

Mastering your focus is not an easy task.

We did not evolve to cope with the massive number of distractions that we face in our daily lives.

However, by making sure that you are properly fueling and stimulating your brain and eliminating distractions wherever possible, you will be able to master your brain and increase your focus.

What hacks do you have for improving your focus while at work?

I am the cofounder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar, and KISSmetrics. I help companies like Amazon, NBC, GM, HP and Viacom grow their revenue. The Wall Street Journal calls me a…

I am the cofounder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar, and KISSmetrics. I help companies like Amazon, NBC, GM, HP and Viacom grow their revenue. The Wall Street Journal calls me a top influencer on the web, and Entrepreneur Magazine says I have created one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world.

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I was literally broke just 13 months ago… But then I rapidly earned over $250,000… How did I do it?

It wasn’t rocket science… You just have to do CERTAIN THINGS, consistently, everyday… You can’t expect success by doing the same things that lead you to failure

Read the following quote from MIT scientist Stuart Lichtman that changed my life:
What’s the reason you haven’t yet achieved what you want? It’s not your parents, it’s not your friends, it’s not your spouse, and it’s not your “bad luck”… It’s not the world’s economic situation, it’s not the competition, it’s not your boss… and it’s not the president… The reason is YOU… To be more exact, the reason is in your mind… and the things you do everyday…”

So, how did I finally do it?

First, I gave my mind a brand new, positive, empowering shift.

You have to know what you really want. Instead of focusing on 3-4 goals at once, focus in ONLY 1 goal you want to accomplish in the next 30 days.

Write the goal in a piece of paper, in this format:

In my case, it was a monetary goal, so I wrote…
“By the first day of January 2009, I’ll have in my possession $250,000, which will come to me in various amounts. In return for this money, I will have done whatever is necessary and appropriate in my business (describe the business you already have or intend to build) in an easily and fun manner.”

Spend at least 30 minutes creating a mental picture of you having achieved your goal in the exact date specified.

You will have to close your eyes and make it as vivid as possible, involving all 5 senses (smell, sight, touch, hearing and taste) as fully as possible in the picture you create in your mind’s eye.

The Focus Primer: You have to read aloud your description and re-create your mental picture twice a day. First thing upon waking up, and 10 minutes before bedtime. This is how the mind works. Give it a target and it will hit it.

Now here comes the best part…

Translating Goals into Immediate Actions
Most people’s goals are nothing but weak desires. As a result, they will always find excuses to stay within their comfort zone and put it off. The ultimate way to achieve a goal you want lies in ACTION.

The 48 Hours Challenge
Grab a blank piece of paper and divide the page into two. On the left side, write the goal you want to achieve in the next 30 days. And on the right, list down 5 things you can do to bring you closer to your goal. Ensure that you have one task that you can carry out immediately upon finishing this exercise.

And for the other 4 action steps you have listed, assign the specific time and date that you will have it done, within the 48 hours assignment period.

Once you have done that, pin that piece of paper on your bathroom mirror and start working on that first task you have set. Get it done before continuing reading the rest of the report.

They say that taking the first step is the most difficult one. We are often held back by inertia. The moment we start taking the first few steps towards a goal, we will gain momentum and continue on until we realize it.

By taking on the 48 hours challenge, to act on 5 action steps within 48 hours of setting the goal, you break out of your comfort zone and excuses and you are telling your brain that you are SERIOUS in getting what you want! And at the end of the 48 hours challenge, set aside 3 hours to plan further action steps you HAVE to take EVERYDAY (excluding weekends) to get you where you want to be.

Getting what you want is easy. But if it’s as easy as I’ve said, why doesn’t everybody do this? For every 100 people who had read this article, only 1 or 2 will end up putting it into practice. Why? Everybody desires to succeed, but only a few are truly COMMITTED to their goals. Unless you truly want what you want… you will never take the necessary action outlined in this report… for there’s always something more important that comes up to fill up your time.

  • Are you ready to commit?
  • Are you ready to make the change?
  • Are you ready to get what you want?

Author and online entrepreneur Joel Chue here… If you have NOT read my ebook “Mind Power Special Report”… and the Bonus Audio Interview with Mind Science Expert, then you need to go and download both FREE RIGHT NOW=>Download now.

How to focus the hyper creative mind to achieve success

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How to Achieve Success Through Creative Thinking

Many people believe that the goal of any society is progress, however for most of us it is not easy to get used to something new. It takes more or less time for every person to adapt to new environment, even if it is only using a new tool, cooking a new dish or finding a new bus stop.

That is the reason why many people cling to the way things are and it is much easier for them to do habitual things.

Any person’s every day of life consists of many repeated activities, such as driving car, dressing, eating. People do most of these activities automatically, without much thinking.

Automatic operations help brains to avoid unnecessary efforts, but many people also use this natural capability of brain in a wrong way.

They create “cliché” for many activities in their life, use same expressions, eat same food, and go to same supermarkets. People live with same world outlook whole their life. It is clear that in most cases laziness makes them live with “cliché” because it is much easier for people to make habitual things, say habitual phrases and do the same job every day, then straining the brain, creating something new, and making progress in their life.

How to focus the hyper creative mind to achieve success
However, there are still many activities, which demand creativity, ability to orientate us in new, unusual situations.

Life brings us surprises every day, and sometimes it is impossible to be prepared for all circumstances. Economical and political situation of any country in the world transforms every month or year and leads to changes in many life aspects.

Today people need to be creative to get ahead, because it is impossible to find favorable work or life conditions, without any changes and unexpected circumstances.

There are not too many people, which think and act creatively. Most of those people are successful businessmen, artists or politicians, because they can effectively use the natural capability of brain to think creatively.

Creative and imaginative people do not achieve success for themselves only. They also contribute to progress of the society.

That is why it is important to train yourself to be creative and get rid of many “cliché” opinions in your mind.

  • First step to think creatively is to comprehend which activities are indeed in need of “cliché” (such every day simple operations as driving car) and which activities demand creativity (such as work, business, education, upbringing of children).
  • Second, do your daily activities such as work or family creatively, enrich your knowledge about your business, and find new ways to improve it, do not be afraid to give work to your brain, because in daily life most people use only 4-5% of their brain ability to think.
  • Last, but not least is to be aware that if you are creative and imaginative person you would not be disarmed by unexpected or unusual life circumstances and changes because you can always find a way to adjust and get ahead in your life.

How to focus the hyper creative mind to achieve success

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How to focus the hyper creative mind to achieve success

We all take pleasure when our ideas come to fruition. We’re even more pleased when the ideas have an impact by improving motivation, innovation or productivity, among other areas. The spread of an idea can benefit many, but that popularity can also alter and distort the original.

I am a fan of Carol Dweck’s research. Dweck is a highly regarded professor of psychology at Stanford University and the author of several books, including Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. In Mindset, Dweck differentiates a “growth mindset” from a “fixed mindset.” According to Dweck:

A growth mindset is “the belief that an individual’s most basic abilities and skills can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point.”

A fixed mindset is “the belief that an individual’s basic abilities and skills, their intelligence and their talents, are just fixed traits.”

Dweck concluded that individuals who believe they can develop their talents through hard work, good strategies and input from others have a growth mindset. These individuals are likelier to achieve more than those with fixed mindsets because they put more energy into learning and are less concerned about looking smart.

Adopting a growth mindset can supercharge your wellbeing and growth. Here are ten ways to develop a growth mindset in business.

1. Be 100 percent accountable

To grow, you need to be accountable, or willing to accept responsibility. As an entrepreneur, you must start to be responsible and accountable to yourself. As you grow, you will be demonstrating accountability and its value to your team; they will follow your lead, making accountability part of your company’s culture.

2. Do not be concerned with what others have

Avoiding envy is fundamentally important when you’re trying to be focused, driven and leading. Focusing on what others have and what they are doing sets expectations that simply slow you down and take focus away from your purpose.

3. Become an expert in your field

I meet so many so-called “headliners,” people who skim the surface. In a world fueled by fake news, Photoshop’ed social posts and other illusions, it’s critical to become an expert. Strive to become truly good at what you do—so good that everybody wants your services. Stand out based on your specialty.

4. Don’t focus on your failures

When we learn that we should work on our weaknesses, we tend to think we need to hold on to our failures. But focusing on your failures gives detractors too much leverage against you. Instead, claim and learn from your failures and then focus on learning and growing from your mistakes.

5. Do the work and put in the time

Greatness does not come when you put in just ten percent. Put in ten percent, and you’ll achieve only two percent of your potential. To achieve greatness, you’ve got to be at 100 percent, putting in the time and effort.

6. Do what you love for the people who love what you do

One of my favorite sayings is, “You need to be purpose-driven doing what you love for those who love what you do.”

Discovering your purpose is as important as finding your niche. You will bring much more value and expertise to those that need you, and you will have so much more fun delivering your products and services.

7. Don’t focus on money

Business leaders that focus solely on money are never fully satisfied, and often lose their customers. Instead, care about creating value. You want customers to say how proud they are about your products and services. You want employees to say how great it is to work for you and how much they learn from you. Focus on creating fans through value creation.

8. Achieve your outcomes quickly

Do not be obsessed with perfection. Instead, be fast. Getting somewhere first has more value than being perfect but last. That first-mover advantage is very important for growth. Develop an appetite to fail often and quickly, developing your products and services quickly and better aligned with the needs of your customers.

9. Be grateful for what you have

Be grateful for what you have now. Be grateful for what you’re going to achieve. Be grateful for what you don’t have. Gratitude is a gift and a core requirement for a growth mindset. The true expression of gratitude sets off energy that has the power of drawing people towards you. Explore and embrace it.

10. Become self-aware and understand your purpose

If you want to succeed in life, you must know your purpose. If you want to have a business growth mindset, you must become self-aware and understand your purpose. Self-awareness has the power to align your will and humility, which attracts people to you through your purpose.

Growth mindset is the belief that skills and abilities can be improved and that developing these is the purpose of your actions.

Build a culture whereby all employees are enabled and encouraged to develop growth mindsets for themselves—reward improvement.

Emphasize that failures are opportunities and not threats. Leaders need to encourage and challenge employees to be brave and courageous.

A growth mindset is a continuous belief that improvement is possible and that failures are opportunities to learn. It is much larger than the limited objective of improving earnings.

Growth mindset is a frame of mind. Leaders can positively assist people in adopting growth mindsets by fostering a culture encouraging specific behaviors and practices. Individuals and organizations can have growth mindsets.

A growth mindset is not unbounded. Just because you put your mind to something doesn’t mean you can do anything. You have to work at it, so start by implementing these ten steps and begin to live with purpose.

How to focus the hyper creative mind to achieve success

Being focused is undoubtedly going to make you feel more positive and controlled in your life. Knowing what’s important in your life will be the seed that will determine where you want to be. The skill is in being committed to achieve your goals. By focusing on the aspects of attainment will clarify what you have to do. You have to remember that you will have to sustain your focus to become more productive and achieve your dreams, so keep working at it. In the end you will get better opportunities and you will be more satisfied with your choices and your life. The benefit you will experience will be determined by your commitment and practice. Regardless, these are a few of the benefits that you will experience.

You will feel more in control

Being more focused means being able to pay attention to your plan and control the everyday distractions that life puts in your path. Of course there will be times when unforeseen things happen but you will be more prepared and confident to deal with them. It would be foolish to suggest that no one experiences insecurities and doubts, ‘feel’ them and learn from them. Always be mindful of your plan and follow it. But be mindful that it might not go according to your initial plan, that doesn’t mean that you won’t find a way to resolve it. It’s for you to have a contingency in place.

You will be more positive

Be confident in what you know and what you believe you can achieve. Positivity and being more optimistic will underpin your goals. Your psychological state will drive your determination that will enable you to achieve your aspirations. Trust yourself, tell yourself that you can do it. The small successes will drive the presenting challenges that will enable you to deal with the bigger tasks. Acknowledge your hard work. By having a plan and matched focus to achieve your goals will provide you with a foundation for your future successes.

You will develop a better understanding of yourself

Connect with your inner self. The internal growth, development and pursuit of any plan will make you stronger in the long term. Consciously reflect on your journey

. Even if things don’t go according to plan, look for the lessons and consider the learning in it. Will you give up unconditionally or will you find a way through. Transference of this learning will result in a stronger belief in you capabilities.

You will be better at problem solving

Reflect on the developed understanding. Your developed awareness and commitment to succeed will provide you with the opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge when you come up against future challenges. Being more focused and developing your concentration will give you marked improvements in every area of your life.

Improved decision making

Trust in yourself and learn to trust others again. This will support future decision making. The formation and growth in your character as a person will be with you throughout your lifespan, if you maintain the principles discussed.

More clarity

Consistent reflection will act as a compass that can be used to measure your progress. You will know what your goals are and have planned for the way forward. This developed clarity will enable you to focus and not be distracted from your goals. Be open in the knowledge that the path to achieving your goals may have to alter, that is part of life. As long as the core remains solid and you believe in yourself the path to realisation will still be manageable.

How to focus the hyper creative mind to achieve success

I’ve trained with some of the best coaches on the planet during my 20-year sports career, and again when I competed in the 2008 Olympics.

But when I wanted to start my own company, to share my knowledge about motivational psychology and training with others, it wasn’t as easy as I’d thought it would be.

Launching a new business is not easy. You have to give up the comforts of a stable paycheck to delve into the unknown, an unpredictable abyss. A lot of things keep us from making the leap—things like fear and insecurity. And one thing above all the rest: motivation.

When I looked back on my days as an athlete, I understood what was different. I remembered what (or who) made me push myself even when I didn’t want to. The difference was, as an athlete, I had structured days and a coach to report to. Structure keeps us focused and a coach keeps pushing and challenging us.

Thankfully I passed this stage and I founded Onbotraining, an online coaching service that helps people achieve their goals. I decided to collect the lessons I’ve learned along the way and to share them with others, like you, striving to better themselves.

So here are my 10 best tips for achieving anything you want in life.

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone).

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

You lack motivation not because you are lazy or don’t have a goal. Even the biggest stars, richest businesspeople or the most accomplished athletes get lost sometimes. What makes them motivated is the curiosity about how much better or faster they can get. So above all, be curious, and this will lead you to your goals and success.

Sara Clark is an EYT 500-hour certified Vinyasa yoga and mindfulness teacher, lululemon Global Yoga Ambassador, model, and writer.

How to focus the hyper creative mind to achieve success

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Focused meditation can be a useful tool for people who want to try using meditation for stress relief. This meditation style allows you to focus your attention on an object, sound, or sensation rather than trying to achieve a clear mind without a specific focal point. Focused meditation is also feasible without an instructor or teacher, which makes it accessible to anyone with a few minutes of time, something to focus on, and a quiet place.

What Is Focused Meditation?

Focused meditation involves focusing on something intently as a way of staying in the present moment and slowing down the inner dialogue. Unlike classic meditation — where you focus on nothing to quiet your mind — with focused meditation, you still remain in the present, but focus wholly on one thing, typically sensory stimulus like sounds, visual items, tactile sensations, tastes, smells, and even your own breathing — much like mindfulness meditation techniques.

5 Steps to Focused Meditation

Starting your practice involves just a few steps that will come more and more easily with time. Begin with five-minute sessions and work your way up to longer periods of time as you become more comfortable with the exercise.

You’ll need to find a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted. These short sessions of focused meditation can be practiced anywhere at any time, whether you are in the comfort of your own home or in an office at work. The key is to practice your focused meditation in an environment that is calm.

  1. Choose a target for your focus. Focusing on your breath is a good choice since it is usually the entry point to any meditation practice.
  2. Get into a comfortable position. Sit upright. If you are sitting on a chair, sit right on the edge of it, relaxing into your pelvic bones with your feet on the floor. If you are sitting on the ground, preferably propped yourself up with a cushion or block so that your thighs are relaxed and your spine remains tall.
  3. Relax your body. Loosen your shoulders and breathe from your belly. You can cross your legs but you don’t have to if you’re more comfortable in another position, just as long as you can fully relax without falling asleep.
  4. Turn your attention to your chosen target. Zero in on the sensations including the sound, smell, sight, and details of your focal point. The idea isn’t to think about it but simply to experience it, being fully present in the moment. If you are focusing on your breath, for example, pay attention to the sensations you experience as you inhale and exhale each breath.
  5. Calm your inner voice. If your internal monologue starts to analyze your target or begins to rehash stressful situations of the day, worry about the future, make a list for grocery shopping, or anything else, gently turn your attention back to your chosen target and the sensation it provides. You may be focusing on something, but the goal is to maintain a quiet mind.
  6. Don’t worry about failure. If you find your mind engaging you and realize that you’re not being fully present with the sensations of your chosen target, don’t let your inner perfectionist beat you up for doing it “wrong.” Simply congratulate yourself for noticing and return back to the present moment and the sensations you’re experiencing.

Tips for Focused Meditation

Though you can start practicing focused meditation in just five steps, that doesn’t mean each session will be easy, particularly in the beginning. Keep these tips in mind to help develop a practice that’s tailored to your experience, environment, and enjoyment:

  • Give it time. Meditation often takes practice. If you’re expecting to do it perfectly, you may actually create more stress for yourself. Feeling discouraged may prevent you from sticking with it.
  • Start with shorter sessions. Five minutes is perfect for beginners. Work your way up to longer sessions over time. With practice, this type of meditation becomes easier and more effective.
  • Try another meditation practice. If the experience is frustrating and you don’t really want to continue, you may find more success with other types of meditation like the karate breathing meditation.
  • Choose the best time for you. Many people find that focused meditation (or any meditation practice) is a great way to begin their day. A morning meditation practice can do wonders for keeping you calm and reminding you to be mindful throughout the day.   Others choose to meditate after work as a way to wind down from their busy schedules and refocus on family and home. Think of it as a great way to leave work stress where it should be — at work.

A Word From Verywell

Once you build your foundation, you’ll start noticing the benefits of meditation, including stress relief, improved memory, and more self-awareness.   And like any new-to-you hobby or activity, the more you practice, the easier and more intuitive your focused meditation practice will become.

Energy, intuition, and other positive ADHD symptoms can help you launch a successful career as an entrepreneur. The key is figuring out what you love to do.

How to focus the hyper creative mind to achieve success

After years of frustrating ADHD symptoms and treatment, it may be hard to believe that your adult ADHD has a silver lining. But it does: Your high energy and willingness to take calculated risks can actually be assets if you want to start your own business. And if you’re on that path, you’re in good company: Among the many successful self-starters with ADHD are brokerage firm chief executive Charles Schwab, Kinko’s founder Paul Orfalea, JetBlue and now Azul Brazilian airline founder David Neeleman, and television personality Ellen DeGeneres.

“If you look at the AHD traits, they map extremely well with entrepreneurship,” says psychologist Shane Perrault, PhD, a clinical psychologist and founder of the ADHD Performance Clinic in Greenbelt, Md. Perrault lives with adult ADHD but says he wasn’t diagnosed until a graduate school adviser suggested it. Initially, he says, he was surprised, but after further reflection, it made sense given his talents and struggles. Perrault is now a successful entrepreneur who values his ability — thanks in part to ADHD — to identify the solutions his patients are seeking.

You, too, can leverage your ADHD to help you succeed. Traits that can work to your advantage include:

  • High energy. Perhaps the most characteristic of ADHD symptoms is the high energy associated with hyperactivity. That dynamism may have caused problems in more controlled settings (like school), but it can be valuable in helping a business leader see his or her vision through. “When I was young, we didn’t have ‘ADHD’ — I was just hyper,” says Peter Shankman, 39, author of several books about public relations strategy, including Customer Service: New Rules for a Social Media World, and an entrepreneur who has developed and sold three businesses. Shankman says the coping techniques he learned as a youngster, such as going out to play, still help him today. “If I am in a meeting and find I am fading, I excuse myself, go into the hall, and do about 25 push-ups,” he says. That helps him refocus on the matter at hand.
  • Calculated risk-taking.People with ADHD are often thought to be dangerous risk-takers, but Shankman, who’s a skydiver, says the key to success is calculated risk. “I like the thrill and the payoff,” he explains. “It’s the way I work best.”
  • Thinking outside the box. Creative problem-solving is a hallmark of ADHD. This could be, in part, because intelligent men and women with adult ADHD have had to come up with dozens of unconventional ways to succeed. Perrault, for example, made it through college and graduate school by studying while inline skating. “I learn best when I am in motion,” he says, explaining that he would listen to lectures and study materials through headphones as he rolled.
  • Intuition. “Entrepreneurs are very intuitive people, and people with ADHD are frequently very intuitive,” Perrault says. Plus, your natural charm and vivacity can draw people into your vision. The challenge? ADHD can sometimes make it difficult for you to maintain relationships, so be prepared to put some work into the daily details of those alliances and friendships.
  • Big-picture thinker. People with ADHD are often criticized for being daydreamers. But in business leadership, that’s an advantage. For success, delegate the details and focus on the bigger picture.
  • Multitasking. It’s often said that adult ADHD allows you to multitask more effectively, but this isn’t always the case. It works, however, when the tasks are designed to achieve the same goal. Perrault calls that “operating cross-functionally.” To him, it means being able to think like a psychologist, a marketer, and an accountant — and, as needed, to put himself into the position of his clients. Investing in a good organizational system can help you keep track of the many hats you wear.
  • Hyperfocus. A common frustration for parents is that their ADHD children know every detail about one favorite topic, to the detriment of everything else, like homework. But Perrault argues that this ability to hyperfocus on one objective is an advantage in entrepreneurship. That intensity of focus and passion can lead to success.
  • Intelligence. Perrault’s experience is that the majority of people with ADHD are highly intelligent — but that they are frequently talented in an area that is not the one in which they’re working. The best way to direct your intelligence purposefully, he argues, is to find the causes or fields that engage you the most.

Removing Distractions to Success

Despite all of these gifts, adult ADHD can impair your progress if you aren’t strategic. Organizational details and paperwork, for example, are often stumbling blocks on the ADHD road to success. Applying these strategies can help you reach your goals:

  • Remove distractions. Shankman recounts one time when, up against a deadline to write a book, he bought a round-trip ticket to Asia and wrote the first half of the book on the first leg of the flight and the second part on the return trip. It sounds extreme, but with nothing else to do and nowhere to go, he was forced to focus on the task at hand.
  • Hire a professional organizer. If you know that getting things in order or maintaining a navigable system isn’t your strong suit, pay someone to do it for you.
  • Delegate organizational tasks or partner with an associate who is more organizationally minded. A reliable support system is key for any leader — regardless of whether he or she has ADHD. Find people who can benefit from your strengths and also compensate for your weaknesses. If you’re good at the big-picture stuff, find balance with a detail-oriented partner. Break down the work that you have to do (but hate) into smaller steps and time periods.

Shankman also offers this advice for people with ADHD: “Remember that not everyone gets as excited as you do about everything, all the time.” Sometimes you’ll have to take a deep breath and pause for 10 seconds before you walk into a room so that you don’t overwhelm people with your passion, energy, and success. But on the inside, you will know exactly how far ADHD’s upsides can take you.