There seem to be a certain number of hard wired skills we have, and one of them is our attention. Our attention isn't what we focus upon, but rather, our ability to stay focused on something. It is innate, natural, and isn't going to change, so we don't ever need to concern ourselves with losing it. In fact, that focus on worry steals our attention away from what we desire to use it for; usually our success in whatever form we desire that success to come in. We can spend our precious time and energy trying to "develop" our attention, change it, or fix it, if what we are placing our attention on isn't leading us to success, but this is a waste of energy. Doing this is akin to fighting something that is an integral part of us, with yet another part of ourselves. A pyrrhic victory no doubt, if one is gained at all! What can be done instead, is to work with what is inherent in us, instead of against it. Our ability to focus is as much a part of us as humans being as our hands are. We don't cut off our hands because they pick up foods we don't like, we simply put the food we don't like the flavor of down, and then pick up something more tasty! Our attention is no different. When we pick up on items we do not like, instead of suppressing our attention, we can shift what we are focusing upon onto something of more value to us.
The next question is always "How?" How can I shift my attention off of what's really bugging me, and onto something that would either make me feel better, or solve the problem? We do this by providing items for our attention to hook into and demonstrate its valuable skills of staying focused! Instead of having our attention do a "search and stress out over" mission, we can now have it do a "search and enjoy" mission, by providing relevant details for it to focus upon, that will support us in attaining our goals. The best way to inundate our attention with details of success, is to use the words and model the behavior of successful people around us. Success coaches are everywhere, all we have to do is pick up a book, a tape, a movie, or take a seminar in order to hear what they have to say. Information is abundant, so that's never a problem. We just have to choose which information we focus our attention upon. We do this on purpose, by choice, and through making a strong commitment to do so. Is this easy? How many times have I either heard, or asked that question myself. Nothing in life that is of true value seems to be easy. Valuable, definitely worth doing, but if it were easy, then everyone would simply shift into doing this process and become successful overnight.
One way to re-hook our attention is to make out a list of details for it to focus upon when we are in a place where we are having difficulty keeping from worrying about something. We make out this list, called a Success Response List, at a time when we are quiet and reflective, in a place of clarity. That way, it can be used at those times when we are not so clear. If we are still breathing, the likelihood that what we have worried about in the past was of huge consequence to our lives was probably quite low, its impact as low as what worries we are now focusing upon. But it certainly doesn't seem that way in the moment! Life struggles, death grips, and momentous fantasies, can plague us, that is, until our attention decides to focus upon something else! We can hasten this process in a positive direction through flooding our attention with details from our focus shifting Success Response List. What this list is comprised of will not only be different for each one of us, but our own personal lists will change over time. What we were intensely interested in on one day, can be different the next. Yet in the long run, if each of those items is geared toward our success in one specific area, then not only will we have the greatest statistical advantage for gaining our goals there, but this reshifting will always lead to success in other areas as well. That's the beauty of our innate skills. Once we shift our attention onto success in one particular area, our natural ability to focus our attention will then begin to search for other means and methods to succeed in other areas, all across the board! Now that's real success!

The question is: What are you focused upon?

TB Wright is the creator of The One Penny Millionaire!™ web based seminar series, and the author of Be BAD! Do Good! How To Get What You Want In Spite Of Yourself! which is available at www.onepennymillionaire.com.

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For those of you who like credentials and history, Mr. Wright provides the following biographical data.

“Degrees and pieces of paper aside, the only real success we can ever have is in the creation of who we are, what we do, and what we manifest in every moment, from this moment on!” . . . TB Wright, Author/Inventor.
In addition to disseminating the transformational seminar The One Penny Millionaire!™ throughout the world, TB Wright has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the roles of communicator, writer, and seminar leader.
· Executive Director and coursework creator The Mastery Project, conducted with prison inmates in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Texas.
· Licensed Avatar© Master, worldwide transformational seminar series.
· Guest Seminar Leader, Landmark Educational Corporation, empowering participants to breakthrough throughout the world.
· Staff member in New York and San Francisco, The Six Day intensive life altering courses.
· Forum© Leaders program participant by invitation.
· Communications aide to presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford in a non-political capacity.
· Awarded Presidential Service Citation.
· Professor of English, science fiction and short story writer, published poet nominated for The Pushcart Prize In Poetry.
· Executive Editor at Xerox Corporation, editor at The Texas Review, editor of The Alfred Review.
· Business owner, The Wright Builders, Inc., and ABI, A Better Inspection.
· Founding Member and President of the board,The Katuah Sudbury School in Asheville, NC.
· Published Writer, Acronyming POWER Your Life! and Be BAD! Do Good! How To Get What You Want In Spite Of Yourself!
· Coursework creator The One Penny Millionaire!™ (onepennymillionaire.com)
· Licensed Practitioner for the teachings of the Science of Mind, and active student of ancient Toltec wisdom.
TB Wright currently resides in beautiful Asheville, N.C. with his daughter, Alyssa, and son, Nicolas.