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You Will Become What You Focus On

A personal story of why our FOCUS is so important

Years ago, when our kids were in school, I began attending attended classes at a community college as a returning adult. My husband was head of the music department there. The college was in its infancy and the department heads were active in recruiting and developing curriculum and programs.

It was an exciting time and I enjoyed taking different classes that stretched my mind. At some point, however, I decided I needed to focus on where I wanted all this to take me, and began taking classes that would direct me into a career.

Why Your Focus Matters

A New Focus | FocusWithMarlene.com

At the top of my website, you will find this statement: “Your focus defines who you are and who you can become.”

On God — let Him lead
On what you can do — not what you can’t
On choices and possibilities
On solutions — not problems
On principles and values — live them

Whatever challenge you face, you can have a life full of meaning, purpose, and joy.

What we focus on matters more than we think. Read on to discover whether you may be focusing on the wrong things, and how to change that.

Focus on What You Can Do, Instead of What You Can’t

We have all struggled with the enormity of problems we face and have gotten discouraged when we felt there were no solutions.

It’s at such times that we need to remind ourselves, “Yes, I can.” I can try as many times as needed. I can alter plans or update them when necessary. I can reach out for support and help.”

As we focus on ways to enhance and improve our lives, we can reduce stress and anxiety. Instead of increasing fears, we can lower constant worry and tension as we learn and apply new skills.

Change Your Focus – Change Your Life


On the Home page of my website, FocusWithMarlene.com, I have the words: “Your focus defines who you are and who you can become.”

What you focus on every day has an enormous influence on your life.

As you reflect on your life – the decisions you have made, the conflicts you’ve struggled with, and the other obstacles that make up life in general – do you see a typical pattern of where your focus has been?

Is that focus benefiting you or not?

The good news: habits can be replaced. Today on my blog and podcast, I’ll walk you through 10 practical things you can begin doing today to change your focus.

A New Year – A New Beginning (How to Reflect on What You Learned)

A New Year – A New Beginning

As we end this year and begin another, take some time to reflect on the instructive things you have learned or gained throughout the year.

We often remain focused on regretful things and fail to remember the good things we have achieved and the obstacles we have overcome. We minimize the good things, not considering them to be that important. But they are important, as they become learning tools to take with us into the new year.

Read on for some things to consider during your reflection.

Yes, You Can

Yes, You Can | focuswithmarlene.com

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’”

— Erma Bombeck

You have been on a life-altering journey, a journey you had neither anticipated nor wanted.

There have been many unexpected surprises that demanded change, adjustment, a new assessment, and adaptation of plans. Your life has been forever altered.

Taking back the reins of your life requires purpose, choice, and determination.