Focus! Focus! Focus!
Overloaded? Overwhelmed? Feel like you’re juggling too many projects and struggling to get anything finished? There just isn’t enough hours in the day? There’s just too much happening and it’s flat out exhausting? Perhaps it’s time to step back, assess your priorities and get focused. I’ve read that highly motivated entrepreneurs have a new idea every minute, each one more exciting than the last and that idea needs to be implemented… like yesterday. Unfortunately, all those ideas can be all over the place. It’s easy to get distracted and divert your vital time and energy into the latest and greatest shiny object that lures your attention away from your main purpose. We won’t even talk about social media’s magnetic pull on our attention and time. You already know.
Here’s what I know. It’s crucial that you learn to take notice of activities that target the actions that are going to pay off. It’s not enough to create goals if you don’t create a plan to achieve them. You have to list the actions required to achieve each goal and decide which should be first. You must discipline yourself to stay on track. This is why focus is so important. I wish I could say it was easy, but I am not blowing smoke. I am going to keep it real. It can be difficult and frustrating but here are a few steps to help you begin to establish focus.
You Need to Prioritize
If you haven’t created action plans for your goals, stop now and get it done. Decide which goal you will work on first and follow your action plan. Don’t allow yourself to get sidetracked by working on something because someone else thinks it’s what you should be doing. You know what you should be doing. They are your goals. Keep true to what really matters to you and the success of your goals. Trying to be wonder woman and attempting to please others by struggling to do everything all at once will diminish your super powers.
I know it might sound cool to tell people you’re “keeping all of your options open”, but trust me you don’t want to do that. If you keep all of your options open you really haven’t made a commitment to anything. You’re not honestly focused on your priorities and this will sabotage fulfilling your goals. You must make a commitment. Get passionate about achieving your goals! Get dedicated! Try sticking to doing one thing long enough to achieve success. Some options come fully loaded with failure and distraction. Trust me, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
Be a Time Ambassador
Our world today is full of limitless possibilities but very limited time. Don’t let distraction overpower your day. Pay attention to what’s important. If you can’t focus you’re not thinking clearly. If you’re not thinking clearly, you’re not making good decisions. I run my business by my calendar. Just like mine, there are things on your calendar that you don’t have to work on today but can do tomorrow or next week. The most successful and the least successful people on the planet have one key thing in common: 24 hours a day. Focus on maximizing your time.
Know What Makes You Happy
You deserve to be happy. Everybody wants that, but break in down into small bites. What do you want to do that will make you look back on your life with a true sense that you have made valuable, worthwhile contributions? What do you want to do that shows the world that you’re a giver and not a taker? What do you want to do that will make you and your family and friends proud? How do you want your legacy written? What is your purpose in life?
You Need a Tool Kit
Focus is an important part of your success tool kit. However, in order to live your best life you are going to need much more than focus. Understanding who you are and how you make decisions is the key to making valuable and worthwhile contributions to society…It’s your legacy!
There are other critical elements you will need to add to your tool kit in order to build a sound foundation for success. Clarity is a critical one. Pull out that goal sheet. I can’t stress enough how important it is to create action plans for your goals. Do the work in these areas before moving on. Then, try working on establishing focus for the next couple of days. My next post will arrive by then and we will talk about the unprecedented importance of Clarity. See you then.