Exercised My Focus

As is becoming tradition at every family get together, my brother, my mom, and I played Settlers of Catan.

The final board of the second game. I (orange) won by building four settlements, a city, the longest road, and the largest army.

The final board of the second game. I (orange) won by building four settlements, a city, the longest road, and the largest army.

Oh, it was so wonderful to stretch my mind with this game again. I haven't played it for over a year, and it's my favorite. Recently I'd been thinking I'd sell my board soon for *insert rainbow sparkles* reasons *end sparkles*, but I think I'm gonna change my mind about that.

I can't say I learned anything new about the gameplay today, but I did learn something about myself:

When I stay focused, I can get things done. In this case, winning the game. 

The first game I stayed focused the entire way through. I was actually surprised at how immersed I was in it. Not once did my mind stray from the board. I caught my brother and mother by surprise with that win. 

The second game I was tempted to check my phone and distract myself, mostly because I felt cocky after the first win. I've done that many times in the past though, and I've noticed it's been my downfall. So this time, I resisted the urge to do other things and forced myself to focus. It paid off, and I snagged another win even though they ganged up on me during the last round. Thanks a lot, fam.  :P

I'm a bit afraid of sounding cocky, but truthfully I am proud of myself for that second win. I chose self-control and focus, and I got results. It just gets me thinking how I can apply this to the rest of my life.

If I can take two solid wins because I didn't let myself get distracted, what else can I accomplish if I stay on task?