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See Less, Accomplish More!

Monday, January 14th, 2013
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The word “focus” is overused.   We’re all told to focus on this and focus on that to move ahead or accomplish our goals.   But what does it really mean to “focus”?   If you’re “focused” on something, well what does that look like?

Life has changed and in order for us to move forward and accomplish goals we need focus. Life is cluttered, crowded, crazy busy and our work, family, e-mail, texting, Twitter, and Facebook just adds to this fanatical pace.   Life is leading us more than we’re leading our life.

Truly focusing on a goal allows you to narrow your field of vision and create intense energy around a goal.   Imagine how focused baseball players are when they can actually see the rotation of the baseball flying 95 mph at them, they have to intensely focus on just that baseball, nothing else.  For basketball players to sink free throws at the end of a tight game in the middle of screaming crowds that are doing anything possible to distract them, they have to focus on just that hoop, nothing else.    Being focused on goals means eliminating what’s not important and aligning your energy to what is.

So how do you focus?   Here’s the two-step secret of very successful people and teams; Write your goals down and keep them visible.

Ask yourself these two questions.  If you can answer yes to both, then you’re focused.

1)      Are your goals written down? Not on a file in your computer, is it written down on paper?  3% of us write down our goals…those 3% are very successful, why?   Because they’re focused.   A written goal helps you focus on what you want to and it eliminates your attention to the noise that can get in your way.  We have a great format for writing down your goals, click here.

2)      Can you visibly see your goals every day? Displaying your goals visibly (so you can see them every day) eliminates the need for complicated action steps, processes, and procedures involving your written goals.  Place your goals on the mirror in your bathroom, in a frame on your dresser, desk or refrigerator.   Seeing your visible goals daily makes you focus.

It’s been said that “To accomplish more sometimes you need to see less.”   See less so you can focus on what is truly important to you and you’ll accomplish more than you ever thought possible!

What are you going to do to improve your focus in 2013?  Let us know in the comments below!

Happy goal-writing!


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