In today’s landscape, it has become easier than ever to be distracted. In fact, the word focus comes up quite often in my everyday conversations. A lack of focus is tangible. It’s something you can not only feel from within yourself but it can also be recognized by others in everything that you do.
Imagine what the landscape looks like for entrepreneurs and business owners. These people (and everyone else in many of the same capacities) are trying to focus on work (including but not limited to employees, partners, operations, clients, emails, social media, websites, etc.), family (including but not limited to parental duties, emergent situations, twists and turns from every branch on the family tree), and then some people even find the energy to factor in things like exercise, hobbies, vacations, education, and personal development. It’s pretty amazing that anyone can get anything done but then again you know those people exist. So who are they? What do they have that you don’t?
That’s right, you guessed it. They rock the no socks look!!! I’m kidding. (It is a good look though).
So Who Are Those People?
Those People: Have made a choice. A choice to thrive and rise above mediocrity. Those people, in one word, are F.O.C.U.S.E.D.! They are willing to do what it takes to Force Out the necessary Concentration and Use it Strategically and Effectively towards their Desired results.
Those People: Realize there is nothing that predicts their futures path like they do. They focus their energy on defining, organizing and completing their tasks while allowing for less excuses than the average person. They understand that the choices they make today are not only for themselves but also for the ones who depend on them, admire them and most importantly their overall happiness and idea of success in life.
Those People: Recognize that all qualities exhibited from those they surround themselves with can infect them. They are aware that their ability to focus can be zapped away just as easy as it is to catch a cold. These people limit the time and/or interactions with the things and/or people that are outside of their focus or objective areas. This is not only a good idea but a great one in my opinion. When we start meddling around in things that we are not truly not devoted to, we are asking for trouble and usually unnecessary consequences. This is why it is important to take the time out to sort through and clearly define your priorities and objectives and not be figuring them out on the fly.
What Do They Have That You Don't?
There may be several things these F.O.C.U.S.E.D. people have that you don’t but one of the most important things they have is the belief that they are worth the time, preparation and commitment necessary to evolve because if you are not evolving, you’re declining, there is no staying the same.
Those People: Think ahead and do not assume everything will work out as they’ve planned. Sometimes examining your motives helps with providing clarity while thinking ahead and most importantly, discerning facts from opinions. These people are prudent and always do their best not only to plan to the end but also to define what the end is. They keep the end picture in sight to avoid acting impulsively because plans that are too vague lead to responding from emotion and improvisation. They think as far ahead as they can, never neglecting the importance of alternative routes and contingencies. This helps them avoid becoming overwhelmed by the possible consequences of their decision(s), both negative and positive. Another way to put it, they think about what could happen verses what will happen and recognize that the truth lies in the result of the decision and not in the decision itself.
“A smart rabbit digs three holes”. - Anchee Min
Those People: Dream and envision their desired outcomes and dedicate themselves to transforming those dreams and visions into realities through Forced Out Concentration Used Strategically and Effectively towards their Desired results. They realize there is just as much power in what they do as there is in what they do not do and so they choose wisely in every decisive moment.
Those People: Have the ability to create well-organized plans with clearly defined end points. They can be and remain F.O.C.U.S.E.D. in all that they do and aspire to do because they know by staying committed, they can have life fork over everything they want.
Commit and focus on the present while making consistent and purposeful effort towards each goal that leads you to your overall goal. Each success is the beginning of another; not a resting place. Need more help? Here’s a crash course:
- Decide upon a goal. Know the “Who, What, When, Where, How and Why”. This means, know who you need to help you, know what you want, know when you want to achieve it by, know where you’d like to be once your objective is achieved, know how you will pursue your goal (prioritize), and most importantly, know your “why” (knowing what you are pursuing has a definite purpose) behind your goal.
- Make a written contract with yourself and place it in clear site.
- Describe in detail what minor goals you’ll have to achieve in order to reach your goal.
- Enlist in accountability partners.
There are plenty of opportunities to be had for the person who is F.O.C.U.S.E.D. and arrives to the race first. This race I speak of has several twists, turns, noises, and distractions but is manageable if you possess clarity, definiteness of purpose and focus. You have to take chances and the most important chance you will take is the one you take on yourself. When you look at yourself in the mirror; should have or might have should not cross your mind. Consider This: Every throw you make will not result in a touchdown catch but every touchdown catch is the result of action and effort with a focus on purpose.
“The world bestows its big prizes, both in money and honors, for one thing, and that is initiative. What is initiative? It is doing the right thing without being told. But next to doing the right thing without being told is to do it when you are told once.”- Elbert Hubbard
- Do the things that are on your mind or written down as your goals.
- Run away from any habit of laziness. Work hard and show the necessary attention every aspect of your life deserves.
- Realize that multitasking is a great way to get less done. Prioritize and compartmentalize.
- Your life should liken a mall map in a way that you always know where you are starting and seeking to get to. Plan ahead, each step as far as you can conceive towards your eventual goals as defined by your purpose and why.
- Associate with the unfocused and become unfocused.
- What you do, how you do and what you prioritize proves what you believe. It is the proof of what you believe that inscribes your character in the hearts of others. Be the person you want to be seen as.
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