Focusing Inward vs. Focusing Outward

Focusing Inward Vs. Focusing Outward

You always have the ability to focus outward or focus inward. Focusing outward means paying attention to what’s happening around you. Focusing inward means paying attention to what’s happening inside you: your breath, your feelings, and your thoughts. Most people are good at focusing their attention outward - on their friends, on their phone, or on what people around them are doing. Focusing outward can keep us safe and help us read social cues. 

It is equally important to be able to focus inward. If you don’t, you might not notice your thoughts or feelings until they get really strong and start to affect your behavior. 

Another thing, we tend to hold onto negative comments from others much more strongly than positive ones. If we’re not careful, negative comments can affect us for weeks, months, or even years! 


JOURNAL PROMPT:

Do you spend more time focusing outward on what’s going on around you, or focused inward on yourself?