Charles Starrett

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Culture consultant & social tech teacher/facilitator at SoulCo & Northeastern University. He/Him. Dad, Harvard and NEC alum, visual thinker, dabbler in ukulele, electronic music, 한국어, and TTRPGs.

Where is your attention?

If you’re worrying about getting it done, then you’re worrying. You’re not getting it done.

If you’re complaining about your job, then you’re complaining. You’re neither learning more about what’s not working, nor are you doing anything to improve your work situation.

If you’re frustrated by not being able to make a decision, then you’re focused on your frustration. You’re not focused on finding more clarity so that you can decide.

All of these are natural states that we fall into from time-to-time. The invitation is to notice when we’re stuck and ask ourselves where our attention is. If our attention is stuck on feeling bad about the situation, can we apply some compassion towards how we feel, and gently bring our attention back to what matters most — finding a way through the current challenge?

Action follows attention, which is why knowing where our attention is in each moment is key to getting unstuck.

4 August 2022

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