Just focus.

Ever find yourself lacking attention in a conversation, lecture, video, or reading? Fluctuating like a volatile market or the emotions of a 15-year-old girl in high school, the degree of focus pertaining to a matter either captivates with the utmost attention, truly indulging us, or leaves us contemplating everything else surrounding us.

Remember the last time someone or something enlightened you, grasping your attention in such a sheer, absolute manner? Fathom the possibilities if you could control that focus at will. Paramount focus, not only to our greatest passions, but in the affairs of socialization, learning, and the daily business of life, allows immense opportunistic circumstances when applied.

Focus on your job; focus on school; focus on your project; focus on your relationships; focus on your future. There are different remedies for different levels of growth, but whatever the essence, focus in any direction is critical and crucial to progress.

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Have a vision? This is what you need.

We all chase a vision: a luxurious life, riches, self-transcendence, and so forth. What stands in our way? What do we lack? Clearly, it ultimately resides with us; our future unfolds from the actions taken, the demeanor embraced, and the outlook viewed. I cannot advocate enough for others to chase the wildest dreams. Despite falling short there is always something tangible to show for your efforts. In the pursuit of everything we dream of, two things are required—confidence and ignorance.

Every decision takes some intellectual realization that this option proved the best or most logical. You, no one else, idealized an outcome in line with your choice. Embrace that confidence. Chase your wildest dreams with the confidence that what you do proves just with what you strive to complete. Stay rooted, holding your head high, and move forward. Understand this dream resulted solely from you and your insight. Chase it.

Next, comes the equally critical complement—ignorance. What works for you may not supplement your family, your network, let alone the majority of people the same way. Does that mean you are wrong? Societal standards are not necessary, despite representing the commonly-accepted practice. Remain ignorant of people who abstain from offering you support, motivation, or anything else needed. Embrace your vision with confidence; proceed with ignorance—deflecting all that is adverse.

“All you need is ignorance and confidence, and the success is sure.” –Mark Twain

The Retrospective Perspective

Live in the moment– that’s where life happens. An experience nonetheless, but what if you relive the moment a second time? Analyzing, writing about, or explaining gives the opportunity to undergo that moment again– in retrospect– sometimes proving more beneficial than before.

We learn from our decisions and the experiences that result. Exhilarating at the time, some of the moments never receive a second thought. We live in the moment, captivated by the immediate illusion in front of us, but if we take the extra second to reflect, you see the light for what it truly is. From a retrospective perspective you truly grow and mature. Take the accumulation of the high and low points of my life…

High points accompanied by confidence, satisfaction, cheers, and congratulations rebalance the disappointments of low points consisting of shame, defeat, malevolence, and demoralization, living each instance emotionally and thoroughly. Yet, in retrospect, I see the history of me and how I’ve progressed. I see the moments of prevalence; I see the moments of vanquish. Every happening that challenged my ability to either stay hopeful or stay humble, when analyzed in retrospect, tell me who I am. How did I get there? How did I act? How did I grow from thereon? Did I learn from it? Did I mature from it?

“A retrospective perspective grants you the ability to learn once again from preceding experiences– through this vantage you see what was meant to be seen.”