The Power of Focus-Part 2

The Power of Focus-Part 2

How to Focus for Success

In a previous post, I talked about (and amply illustrated) how easy it is to get distracted, especially if you use the Internet.

Now let’s talk about how to focus and move forward.

I believe that there are some key reasons why we lack focus and become easily distracted.  These are:

  1. We don’t have a clear vision of what we want.
  2. We don’t have goals that will support that vision.
  3. We are not committed enough to those goals, or motivated enough (at that point in time) to take the action necessary to move forward.

So let’s look at each of these a little closer and what we can do about them.

1.  A clear vision.

Perhaps we become unfocused in our activity because we don’t have a clear, concise, real vision of where we want to be.  To move forward, we have to have a clear picture of where we are going.  A vision is critical. We must be able to answer the question:  Where am I headed?  Otherwise, we are subject to the winds of change and allow circumstances to dictate where we end up.

As you will see below, having a clear vision is also important in our motivation.  I have read that when we hold a clear vision in our mind, that the mind cannot distinguish between the vision and ‘reality’ (kind of a scary thought?); the vision helps us guide our energy towards making the vision a true reality and keeps us on track.

A resource for developing your vision, if you have not already done so, comes from Michael Hyatt who is a motivational speaker and author.  He offers a beautifully done, free download called “Creating Your Personal Life Plan-A Step by Step Guide to Designing the Life You’ve Always Wanted”.  Click here for that.

So, do you have a clear vision for where you want to be?  Click here to see mine.

2. A clear goal.

Volumes have been written on goal setting. One of the keys to good goal setting is to ensure the goals are specific and measurable.

I have seen some people list as a goal “I want to lose weight”.  This is too general and unfocused.  A clear goal is “I want to lose 15 pounds by November 15th of this year”.  Some experts would say, however, that even this can be improved with a ‘positive spin’ by saying “I want to weigh (insert current weight minus 15 pounds here) by November 15th of this year.  That is specific and measurable.

I remember that I wanted to have this website up and running by July 10th, 2012.  I remember how motivated I was to ensure that I met that goal.  That was success for me.  Believe me it was not a pretty website and lacked a lot of character, but it was posted on July 10th and went ‘live’ on July 11th.  However, since then, I have had a general goal of “one new post per week”.  I have not always hit that mark.  I know I need to be more specific with a deadline, like “I will write a post every Tuesday before I go to bed, proof it on Wednesday and post it on Thursday.”

3.  Enough Motivation.

I get it, believe me.  Change is hard.  Reaching for something and working for it is hard.  Sometimes we have a tendency to take the path of least resistance.  It is so much easier to watch television, or play a game, rather than take real steps toward achieving our vision-our goals.

That’s when we have to kick our motivation into high gear.  I love writing.  But sometimes I just don’t do it….quite frankly, sometimes it’s ‘easier’ to do something else, because even though I love it, it can still be hard work.  (There may also be other reasons we don’t do the things we know we should, when we should; but that’s for another day/blog post.)

When I face this, I ask (and answer) some questions of myself:

    1. What will all this activity (and hard work) get me?
    2. Is that where I really, truly want to be when I get there?
    3. Am I willing to adopt a ‘no matter what it takes, I’m getting there’ attitude?

This is when accessing the Vision in step one comes into play.  When I need some motivation, I call on that vision.  I think about it; I hear the sounds; I smell the ocean breeze and feel it on my skin.  I internalize the feelings I get when I adopt the ‘successful web writer’ mode.  And you know something else that helps?  I look at pictures of my children and grandbabies and remember how much I want that lifestyle that I referenced in my first post.  So what is your vision?  What is your motivation?

You can do this.  So can I.  Get busy.  I am.

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