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Cut Through the Fog: Refocus on What Matters in Midlife

June 01, 20244 min read

What you focus on grows. So be sure to focus on what you want - not what you don't want.

Do you ever feel like the daily grind has become a thick fog, obscuring your vision and making it hard to focus on what truly matters? This feeling is particularly common for women in midlife. Between juggling work, family, and personal commitments, it's easy to lose sight of our own goals and aspirations. Brain fog, especially during hormonal shifts, can further cloud our clarity and make focusing a real challenge.

The good news? You're not alone! And more importantly, regaining focus and living a fulfilling life is absolutely within your reach.

Get clear on your goals

Here are 5 steps to cut through the fog and refocus on what really matters to you in midlife!

1. Shift Your Focus From Overwhelm to Empowerment

Instead of dwelling on the feeling of being overwhelmed or losing track of priorities, maybe it’s time to shift your focus to what you do want instead. Afterall, what we focus on grows.

The first step is to get clear on what truly matters to you in each key area of your life. This might sound simple, but taking dedicated time for reflection can be surprisingly powerful.

2. Get Clear On Your Goals

Over the next few days, carve out some quiet time for self-reflection. Grab a notebook, your favorite journal, or even your phone's note-taking app. Focus on these key areas:

  • Relationships: What kind of connection do you crave with your partner, children, family, and friends? How do you want to turn up every day for those you care about the most?

  • Work/Vocation/Retirement: How can you be the best version of yourself at work or in retirement? What does a good work/life balance look like for you? How could you make your professional life or vocation feel more enriching and fulfilling?

  • Finances: What are your specific financial goals in the short-term and long-term? What are your financial aspirations?

  • Self: What do you want for the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of your life? How do you want to nurture your well-being?

For each area, write down what you want, not what you don't want. Instead of "I don't want to feel overwhelmed," focus on "I want to set a main priority for each day." This shift in perspective empowers you to take control and chart a course towards your desired future.

3. Keep Your Vision Front and Center

Don't let your newfound clarity fade. Turn your reflections into a constant reminder by placing your goals somewhere you'll see them every day. This could be a beautifully crafted vision board on your wall, colorful sticky notes on your bathroom mirror, or a digital wallpaper on your phone.

4. Take Action

Seeing your goals daily keeps you focused and reminds you to direct your precious energy towards what truly matters. With this renewed clarity, taking action becomes a conscious choice. It doesn't have to be a giant leap. Start small and celebrate each step forward.

You might be surprised at the ripple effect these seemingly small actions can have on your life. Maybe you set aside 15 minutes each morning for reflection, or commit to a weekly call with a close friend. These seemingly minor shifts can lead to a significant transformation in your overall well-being.

5. It's Not About Perfection

This journey is not about achieving some unattainable ideal of perfection. It's about creating a life that feels balanced, fulfilling, and true to who you are and what you want. Embrace the process, celebrate your progress, and don't be afraid to course-correct as needed.

The One Page Miracle

To help you get started, I’ve got just the tool! The "One Page Miracle" template is a fantastic resource for simplifying your goals. On just one page, you can capture your vision for each area of your life and once your goals are clear, you can then align your behaviour and choices to achieve them.

By cutting through the fog and refocusing on what truly matters, you can reclaim control of your life and create a future that feels fulfilling. Enjoy the exploration, celebrate your victories, and revel in the joy of living a conscious life, aligned with your deepest desires.

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Allison Liu

Allison Liu is a Brain Health Coach who helps women in midlife to improve their mood, memory and mental sharpness. Having struggled with brain fog in her early 50s and increased her own ‘brain reserve’, she now coaches women to achieve the same so that they can better handle life’s challenges and face the future with confidence.

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