Refocus and Mental Toughness

While all mental skills have their challenges, refocusing is one that definitely stands out. I would say that the ability to refocus is the second most difficult skill for mental tough- ness second only to confidence. Confidence greatly impacts our ability to refocus, and the ability to refocus greatly impacts the other skills. If you can’t refocus once your focus has strayed, it doesn’t matter how much motivation you have or how good you are with making decisions. You can have all the motivation in the world but if it’s not directed at the right thing then it doesn’t matter.

While all mental skills have their challenges, refocusing is one that definitely stands out. I would say that the ability to refocus is the second most difficult skill for mental tough- ness second only to confidence. Confidence greatly impacts our ability to refocus, and the ability to refocus greatly impacts the other skills. If you can’t refocus once your focus has strayed, it doesn’t matter how much motivation you have or how good you are with making decisions. You can have all the motivation in the world but if it’s not directed at the right thing then it doesn’t matter.

The ability to refocus comes down to how flexible ones mind is. The mind needs to be flexible enough to move from 
one thing to another. If it isn’t flexible it becomes that much harder to focus on what is important. An example I use to help my clients understand shifting from one type of focus to another is that of a manual car. Now, hopefully I am not completely dating myself as I know manual cars are not as popular as they once were. If you have ever driven a manual car you will know the difference between how two cars shift gears. If you were to try to shift gears in a car made in the ’80s compared to today, there would be a differ- ence. Today’s car would shift smoothly, effortless and easily. The car from the ’80s would most likely stick, and you would need to really put in some effort to get it from one gear to the next. Our minds need to be like the manual car of today, to be able to shift our focus appropriately and refocus on what is important.

There are so many distractions in this world and it is making the skill of refocusing that much harder but also a more valuable skill to have. Technology makes it easy to get distracted and keep being distracted and this is then teaching our minds to look for distraction even when technology is not around. The more you can learn to focus on one thing at a time the better, but it is also important to be able to be aware of when you are distracted and bring yourself back to what the task is in front of you. On top of distractions our emotions also play a role in the difficulty of refocusing. When we get distracted often what keeps us distracted are emotions, such as anger, anxiety, fear and concern or worry. It is important to understand what keeps you distracted and work on the source of those emotions so that you can have a better ability to bring yourself back one you are distracted. Check out the video to find out how you can learn to be better at refocusing.