focus 2017

Seven Steps to…FOCUS

This week, your willPower assignment is to hold an unwavering FOCUS on that which you wish to manifest this year. What do you want (or need…) to construct, destruct, and restructure? How do you want to feel on December 31, 2017 as you look back on this year? Close your eyes and see yourself there…

Now, think of yourself as a magnet. Realize every thought you think has a vibration. Verbal thoughts are recorded, written thoughts are documented. With the Word of the Week being FOCUS, we have a unique opportunity to change the most important story…the one we keep telling ourselves. So, with that in mind, let’s get started:

1. First off, be most mindful of the words you use to describe yourself, your situation, and/or anything that might “bounce back” to you.

Work to eliminate all the self-inflicted statements you do not wish to keep manifesting (e.g. I’m such a klutz. I’m so weak. I’m out of shape. I’m so stupid. I’m too fat.)

2. Secondly, single-task, simplify, and schedule your tasks into concrete time blocks. Eliminate noisy distractions and clutter. Turn off notifications.

3. Practice saying “no” when you feel overextended. By all means, delegate!

4. Schedule your fitness in advance like any other appointment or meeting.

Become the commander-in-chief of your well-being.” ~your higher self

5. At the end of each day, assess how well your activities are aligned with your priorities, dreams, and goals for this year.

6. Do some breathing exercises at the start or end of your day. For example, lying in bed, place your hand(s) on your navel. Take a slow inhale, a slow exhale, and then hold your breath for 3 counts. Repeat this inhale / exhale / hold 10 times.

Challenge: work up to a set of 20.

7. In every exercise you do this week, think explicitly about which muscle(s) you are supposed to be recruiting. Eliminate “popping” up through the joints (e.g. knees or elbows) and work to move via muscle engagement.

If you’re unsure or if you are feeling the exercise in a different part of the body than anticipated, speak up! Ask your instructor or trainer to help you troubleshoot your form.

The biggest contributing factor to fitness failure is inconsistency…the biggest contributing factor to inconsistency is injury…the biggest contributing factor to injury is poor form…and the biggest contributing factor to poor form is lack of FOCUS!

Lack of FOCUS –> poor form –> injury –> inconsistency –> fitness disappointment

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit