Where your attention lies is what you will be most focused on.
I love photography. I feel happiest when I’m making photos, editing photos, sharing photos, viewing photos…anything to do with photography really. I just love it. But, I tend to lose my desire when I spread my focus (pun intended) across too many things.
I listen to a lot of podcasts on a variety of different topics. Health and fitness is another one I get really deep into and when I do, I tend to be a healthier more fit person. But then something will catch my attention and I will shift over to that and suddenly, I’ve gained 15 lbs because I’m not paying attention to my eating habits!
Over the last few years, I’ve been jumping from topic to topic never really focusing on any one or two of them. As a result, the last few years have been ones of mediocrity. Nothing has really been satisfying at all. My photography has most certainly suffered, my blogging has become very sporadic, my health has suffered as well. I got caught up in a few ideas a couple years ago, I won’t mention them, that I was very excited about at first but soon realized that it just was not something I was really interested in. Photography on the other hand just never seems to fall away. I just love it.
So, I have come to realize that where my attention lies, is what I’m going to be focused on. So I need to pick a couple of things that really get me going and focus on them. Really dig in deep with them and make them part of who I am once again. No more of this all over the place who am I kind of thing. Photography and health and fitness are the ones I’ve decided mean the most to me. Two very broad subjects to commit myself to.
How about you? Do you have just a handful of passions that you really love and devote some serious time to or do you tend to jump from one to the next to the next like I have been doing these last few years? I find it helpful to fill my free time up with learning and studying the passions that I have and want to focus on. It might just be me but I just cannot dive into one after another and never really give all I can to any one of them. For that reason I have picked the two. They are of course fairly broad and give me lots of breadth and depth within each one to explore but the main ideas are only two. Perhaps this approach may work for you as well. Who knows? Maybe it won’t even work for me!