Snow in Perth?It just was not possible! I opened the screen door and stepped outside of the balcony. It was fairly windy but not too cold. I saw tiny fluffy pieces of something flying all around in the air.
Snow? or maybe a bushfire close by again? (I know those 2 possibilities do not fit together in one sentence but who knows everything is possible).
But it was neither of this – as I looked up I saw an impressive Peregrine Falcon just a couple of meters above me, on the edge of the roof.
(The FreeAsLost team did some serious research to give you the right information – I didn’t had a clue what I was dealing with at the time)
The fluffy pigeon feathers from its fresh catch were flying all around and I just watched this close up experience with fascinated eyes. I didn’t expect something like this at all – an extraordinary day in Perth that once more just reminded me that I am still in Australia!
I was keeping an eye on the falcon the entire time and lost myself in this moment.
It got me thinking… I hadn’t seen such determination in someones eyes before like I have seen in the eyes of this creature. He was ready… ready for everything. He was observing his surroundings and he would have been capable to adapt to any changes so smoothly.
Ask yourself this question
I thought about what really matters in life. Do I really focus on what I want in my life? Do I give every day 100% to achieve those goals?
probably definitely not!.
Keep focusing on your dreams!
So after this unusual start in the morning I was getting my stuff together, I got taught a valuable lesson today. I wanted to get back into focusing on the things that do matter to me. How often do we lose track of our goals in our everyday life? Way to fast! But I think I got a little push and I am back on the track now – creating new plans for myself.
So how can you stay focused like a falcon on our dreams?:
I did some research about how exactly a Peregrine Falcon hunts his prey. (It’s pretty amazing guys!) So let me explain how you can tackle every task via “The Peregrine Falcon Way”.
“The Peregrine Falcon Way”
Phase 1: Choose your target!
There are different targets in life you can focus on.
- Family & Friends
- Significant Other/Romance
- Physical Environment
- Personal development
- Fun & Recreation
Rank those categories from 1 (very unhappy) to 10 (super happy). Focus on the one area that is important for you right now. You might feel tempted to focus on several areas at once, but stay with one for now. The reason is simple. Give your full attention at one goal and you might even improve some other categories from the list above with it!
Example: I focus now on my health. My goal is it to become the fittest me possible for our upcoming traveling -(Health). I don’t know a lot of people here in Perth at the moment as well, what I would like to improve -(Family & Friends). I am pretty happy with my income but there is always space for improvement right? – (Money).
So I have 3 different categories I picked for me personally. I would love to focus on all but I want to give one section my full attention. I picked Health as my target. I love to try different sport classes in my area. If I will do this I will be able to connect with other people who have the same interest. Those connection will boost my all around well-being with meeting new people (automatically you will improve the section Family&Friends!) those connection might even help me out with getting into a new job! Who knows? (Improving automatically the money section)!
Focus on one target at a time that is important for you and you will boost different categories!
Phase 2: Hunt your target down!
It’s gonna be a flat-out chase. That means visualise you plans, write your actions you wanna take down to work towards your goal. And the most important one – stick to your plan.
Example: I will place tiny pictures in areas I see every day that will remind me not to give in.
Phase 3: Your target slips away? New attack – different way!
If the prey slipped trough the first attack from the falcon he won’t give up on it yet! Instead of abandon his plan he will come up with a new way of tackling the situation. He will switch to method 2 called – “The Dive Bomb“.
This method starts slowly but as soon as the peregrine falcon tucks in his wings he will be the fastest animal on earth with 200 miles per hour! From failure to win in just a couple of seconds!
This part should give you motivation! We all have some down times as soon as things don’t work like we expect but we should keep on hunting our dreams down. We fail – we get up again and improve our plan.
Let’s asked the Pro’s!
In matter of chasing dreams and working towards goals there are a lot of people out there that worked hard to get where they are now!. A lot of people think those guys might just have “luck”, but it requires a lot of courage and hard work to pursue your dreams regardless whatever may get in your way.
How do you stay focused to reach your dreams?
This was a question that was going on and on in my head. So I started to ask some people who actually accomplished to life their life in the way they always dreamed of. How do they keep the focus on their dreams? What drives them to keep believing in themselves and there goals? I am so happy that I can share those with you.
Usually, I’m a very lazy person. Every day when I wake up to the sun, I ask myself what do I want in life and try to visualise myself in future. There are several distractions that I face in everyday life, but reaching the ultimate goal is what I care the most. I follow
the persons whom I idealise and seeing them achieving it makes me even more motivated to focus on my dream.
Having a goal buddy helps me stay focus on my dreams. I am lucky enough to have the same passion with my husband-to-be who spurs me when I feel unmotivated. He provides positive reinforcement, play devil’s advocate or reprimand me when necessary.
We are 65 and 66 and have been traveling most of our marriage since 1999. Our focus wains some of the time but our age and our ticking clock usually gets us back on track. We have lost 175 pounds since Jan 2015. We recently took a trek of 14 kilometres in Myanmar with other backpackers in their 20s. We do get tired and wonder if is all worth it then we get out our bucket list, pick a place and the focus all returns as soon as we begin preparing for the next place. I do believe it is easier when you have a travel mate to share the adventure with.
Chase your dreams! I noticed that I lost my focus point when I stopped planing for them. Of course “ideas” are always around us. The secret is to create a damn good action plan and if something doesn’t work out the way we planed for it – just do it like a peregrine falcon would do it. When his first attack doesn’t work – he does not give in. In fact he will just create a much stronger attack to get what he wants!