Chances are you could name a number of priorities in your life right now.
Everything ranging from your next business move, your next relationship milestone, or even a family and parenting decision.
Let’s face it, you’ve got a lot on your plate. Scratch that. A ton on your plate.
Each responsibility in your life is important and meaningful. Having the proper amount of focus is critical, but sometimes all that focusing tends to make things, well.. a bit blurry.
We focus at times on the past and the way things were, the task at hand of course, and on the future and things are going to be.
Keep in mind that the ideas I’m about to share go beyond basic time management tactics and the reason for this is simple.
Managing your time enables you to be more productive and there’s a direct relationship between focus and production. The latter will suffer if the former is not refined.
Focus is the dramatic difference between good and great.
You can still apply yourself, take action, and create results, but with a razor sharp focus behind it all you, can produce immense results.
Signs That You May Be Blurring Your Vision
Whether in your personal or professional endeavors, if you start to feel things slip away and that you’re veering off point, it may be time to re-evaluate your focus.
If you notice that your productivity starts to fade and you’re left feeling somewhat punch-drunk in the wake of all things “to-do,” you may have lost sight of your focal point.
Finding yourself leaving projects unfinished to go start another is a trademark of weak focus.
I made this mistake early on in my working career. I wanted it all and I wanted it now. I was going to take the world by storm.
The problem that I soon realized was that I only had two hands.
I could reach for and grab at everything my foolish heart desired, but in order to grab the next thing I’d have to drop what I was already holding on to.
There are many roads we can choose to take and ways in which we can travel along them. Our options can vary greatly. With so many directions and ways to accomplish even a single task, it can get a little daunting.
Don’t Trip Up While Reaching For The Stars
There is such a thing as having too much going on, but not in the sense that you should dial back your enthusiasm and gusto when you’re out there swinging for the fences.
With your eyes set on success and your mind fixed on the million ways to achieve it, its easy to miss whats right in front of your face (or recognize what should be).
“Swing at nothing and you’ll hit it every time.” Tweet This
If you want to make it to the moon, you’ll have to start off on the ground.
Make no mistake here, having a vision and clear perspective on your major goals and accomplishments is crucial. However, being where you are and getting to where you want to go includes some steps along the way.
You know there are mountains of work that you’re ready to take on, but where do you begin?
Steps To Regain Or Enhance Your Focus
Focus is simply the center of your attraction, attention, and activity.
What you’re drawn to, what you’re vested in, and what you are going to do about it.
1) Let Your Priorities Emerge
Fortunately, something as intense and productive as having a laser-sharp focus works a lot like those magic 3D postersthat were so popular in the 90’s.
In case you’re not familiar with them and I’m dating myself, the idea behind the magic 3D poster was for you to relax your gaze and allow a three dimensional image emerge in what appears to be a sea of squiggly 2D lines and noisy colors.
It may sound a bit backwards at first, but before you can really hone in your focus and start intensifying your productivity you’ll have to relax and make some breathing room.
Give yourself some slack for a minute and relax that internal gaze. Stop thinking about the next thousand things you have to do. There’s something out there that will serve your purpose much more in the present.
Let the others slowly dissipate so that the matter(s) of most importance can rise above the noise. If for some reason you find yourself too wound up to allow this to happen, never doubt the power of drawing straws or names out of a hat.
After all, in order to be focused you must have a starting place and I sure as hell am not going to recommend you sit around all day waiting for it to arrive. 🙂
2) Deeply Concentrate On The “Now”
With the unnecessary and less urgent out of the way, you’ve successfully cleared the path to divert your attention and center your efforts on the current task at hand.
Utilize your ability to now seize what’s “in the moment,” and right in front of you, to fully devote yourself to it.
Submerse yourself (dare I say to the point of perfection) and dive in this experience with all the energy you can afford to give it. Past becomes the past, the future has not arrived, its just you and the moment. Embrace it.
3) Apply And Maintain Activity
You have the task, it has your undivided attention, now what are you going to do about it?
Action is fostering productivity and enhancing your ability to get from Point A (here) to Point B (there).
The magical thing about activity is that it produces a result. True focus is not learning how to schedule your tasks and organize your calender – it’s about triggering a desired result.
A very simple way to start and remain in action is by reverse engineering your process. Start with your desired result and work backwards to uncover how it is you will get there.
Know that your current and future actions all have a direct link on this result. Its how you apply and follow through with them that will make it or break it.
This post was inspired by a comment on Where The Real Change Begins by Tom Treanor. Tom runs Right Mix Marketing, which is a great resource for business owners or anyone interested in Content Marketing, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Blogging, and Social Media. Stop and see him.
I know I am very grateful for his idea and if you loved what you’ve just read, then Tweet, Like, and Share with your friends!
Now… what’s on your mind? How do you pin down your targets and open fire? Does your focus slip the harder you try, or does the opposite occur? I’m Looking forward to your comments and the conversation below!
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