Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Focus - 4 Steps

The word focus harnesses unlimited potential. Its execution is so powerful that kings have forged empires, masterpieces were created and legacies were left for the next generation.  This five-letter word has changed the course of history and continues to. The best part is that each of us have the ability to utilize its influence in, and over, our life.

These days establishing clear focus can prove a real challenge. Obligations come at us from every angle that we become inundated and feel overwhelmed. In addition to the necessities of life, we have our passions and desires. How can we fit everything in?

Again, focus comes into play.

If we make a workable schedule, this allows us to stay focused on what needs to be done. For example, as an author, if we lay out a release schedule at the start of the year, we can break this down into small increments of time and know what we have to do, and when, in order to reach our targets.

A good question is, how do we make a workable schedule? You have to be realistic about what needs to be done, and what you want to do. You know the proverb about Jack? All work and no play....

Even once we have a schedule, it’s so easy to get distracted. Sometimes distractions are things we create or pursue, sometimes they come at us without warning. While there isn’t too much we can do when things require our urgent attention, in order to reach our goals, we wouldn’t want to create diversions. When we’ve set aside time for something, we would keep our focus on that alone. “There is a time for everything under the sun…,” a Bible verse.

See, the thing with focus is it doesn’t require a strict regimen.  True focus will bring us back into alignment with our goals and aspirations. Note, though, that focus doesn’t mean a lack of flexibility.

Focus pairs well with determination. If we have both in our arsenal, there won’t be much of anything that can stop us and that’s saying a lot. Life is unpredictable and we’re deceiving ourselves to think otherwise. There also is no such thing as control. Control is an illusion. The sooner we all learn that lesson, the better off we’ll be.

So in re-cap, establish focus in these ways:

Step 1
Decide what you want and when you want it.

Step 2
Create a breathable schedule that includes time for both work and pleasure.

Step 3
Focus on one thing at a time.

Step 4

Allow for flexibility.