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Life Skill: Focus

Focus: Means to pay attention.

Overview: The four elements of optimal focus are, “Eyes, Ears, Mind and Body”. By definition that means, “Look with your eyes, listen with your ears, think with your mind and do the right thing with your body.” Any act or action can involve these four elements. For example, when you ride a bike, you have to look where you are going, listen for traffic noise, think about balancing, steering and pedaling, and make sure your body executes those tasks optimally.

Focus is the single most important life skill because it is the foundation of other life skills such as balance, discipline and control.

The foundation of focus, first and foremost, begins with good eye contact. Studies have proven that if you look with your eyes, you will hear better, understand better and retain information longer.

Student Tips: Focus is awesome because it helps you do things better. It helps you cross the street safely, ride a bike and enjoy a movie without missing the best parts.

Paying attention makes learning easier and more fun. If you have great focus, you’ll understand better what a teacher is teaching and doing your homework will be easier.    The four parts of excellent focus are; look, listen, think and do the right thing with your body. So always look at your parents when they are talking to you. Listen to your teachers when they are teaching you. Think about what you are doing when you practice your martial arts moves. Do the right thing with your body by balancing when riding a bike.

By developing Focus, you also builds your confidence. When you are focused you do things better and that feels good. And feeling good about yourself is called confidence.

Parent Tips: Focus is probably the single most important life skill your child will ever learn. It is the foundation of many other life skills such as discipline, control and balance.

Focus plays a key role in your child’s learning experience. It will increase their attention span so they may learn, understand and retain information better. Focus enables your child to be a better learner.

Be mindful that no one is born smart. You become smart by being a good learner and the key to being a good learner is optimal focus. Studies have proven that children with great focus do better in school.

At home, focus will help your child be a better listener and do things faster when asked. Focus will help your child to stay on the path of achieving their goals, thus increasing their confidence in the process.

Always encourage your child to make good eye contact when speaking and being spoken to. Not only does it build their focus, it shows respect and good manners.