I read a really good book a while back. It was called "The Power of Full Engagement." Yeah, I know the title doesn't sound so interesting, but it was recommended by Oprah sooooo I had to get it. The book talks about how individuals are not managing their energy effectively. Boy, that sounds familiar!
The authors use their many years of experience working with highly successful athletes to discuss energy levels. They point out that athletes focus all of their energy into training in preparation for sports competitions. They are fully engaged in the moment. They contend that we could learn a lot and significantly improve our lives if we did the same.
How many of you have gone on a family vacation recently? Did you take a laptop or cell phone? Were you checking work related things when you should have been spending time with your family? I have to admit, I've done this in the past.
Being "fully engaged" means focusing all your attention in whatever it is that you are doing, i.e., talking on the phone to a friend without trying to check your e-mail, listening to your husband's day without thinking about your grocery list, or playing and talking with your child without distraction. I do my best to be fully engaged with my family, but have to admit, I've fallen off the wagon recently.
But then, I read Jen Lemen posted the Total Attention Challenge on her minti blog. She is challenging all her readers to select three times a day to give their children 100% of their attention. I'm in and plan to do it on Friday. I will be reporting back on how it went. Won't you do the same? Just click on the link and give it a whirl. You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain. You can post how you did with the challenge here or over at Jen's minti blog. Let's see how many parents we can get to do this so spread the word!!