This is one thing I've tried to do myself and try to get my own kids along with my students to focus on. Paying attention in life has it's ways of paying dividends and I think that for many of, we don't do this nearly enough.
I know for a fact that I have staggered through many days in my life without paying too much attention. Sure wish I could have a "re-do" or as we called it as kids a "do-over" - but I sure can learn from those times, that's for sure. There are so many days that all we feel like doing is to just get through the day - but if we spend just a few moments at the start of the day to get into that frame of mind of paying attention to what's going on - you never know what we will find.
I've started the last few weeks getting up in the morning and spending a few moments reading some type of devotional, scripture, goal setting, leadership, success passage, etc. It really has set my day off in a better direction and I know I need to continue that every day.
What are things that you can do to help you in this area? Paying attention to things day in and day out is so valuable to you and your life direction. I think it helps us to focus on the things that we know will help us go after those goals and dreams in our lives. So first - we need to have those goals and dreams of course. What else can we do to have this be a great benefit to us? Pay attention to those things, share them with me and others and that way it will help you focus on them too.