How many times have you gone on a diet but didn’t stick with it for as long as you planned? Or how many times have you tried to start saving money but ended up going back to your old spending habits after just a few weeks? Basically, what I’m asking is:
How many times have you lost focus on a plan or a goal?
And how did these plans or goals pan out for you? For me, they either didn’t pan out like I expected or didn’t pan out at all (due to the lack of execution). And I’d be willing to bet that its a similar story for you. We’ve all heard the saying “focus is the key to success” or something similar at some point in our lives, but how many of us really pay attention to our focus (sounds funny I know)?
If you look at people who’ve had great success, you’ll notice that they share certain traits that separate them from everybody else. Some people call it desire, some call it passion, and others call it will power. But regardless of what you want call it, there’s no denying the fact that successful people are focused. That’s because focus always comes with passion or desire. But that doesn’t mean it always have to come from passion or desire. For a lot of the boring things in life (like dieting or saving money), it has to come from your own will power (unless of course your passionate about dieting or saving money).
But what’s so important about focus?
Let me give you an example from the movies that answers this: A football team is down big at halftime in a championship game. They go into the locker room with their heads hanging low. Their coach starts to speak. He grabs the attention of his players and reminds them of who they are and how hard they’ve worked to get where they are. The team gets inspired by the coach’s speech and goes on to win the game.
So what’s the lesson behind this cheesy story? The team lost (or didn’t have) focus during the first half of the game. But they re-focused after the coach’s speech. And with that focus, they were able to play at the level they knew they were capable of. And when you keep focused on what you want, you can too.
Of course, the problem is we don’t have coaches in real life to inspire us when we need it most. In real life, the only person we can rely on being there ALL THE TIME is ourselves. Therefore, we have to learn how to be both the coach and the player when it comes to the game of life. We have to learn how to focus, stay focused, and regain our focus if we lose it. Life is dynamic. It is always changing and there will always be distractions. But by knowing what your priorities are and stay focused on them, nothing can get in your way.