The Power of Focus

by Wendy Hearn

What one factor is often missing in people who desire to succeed? Entrepreneurs have an ability to see many opportunities and possibilities, but they also tend to spread themselves too thin and try and do everything. This hinders them from achieving their goals.

It seems that the more ideas I have, the more ideas they generate. Recently the number of ideas has increased dramatically. They're there first thing in the morning and even wake me in the middle of the night. Visualizing and journaling is bringing up even more. I feel inspired, excited and enthusiastic about many of the ideas. However, I realized that if I wanted to translate these ideas into action and become more productive, I would need to become more focused than ever been.

A clear intentional focus moves us towards our dreams quickly and effectively. When you have too much on the go at the same time, you will often end up dabbling in many different things. As a result you don't produce the results you desire. You may feel overwhelmed, frustrated and fed up. The friction and stress of being pulled in many directions eats up your time and energy, leaving you less able to be focused and move forward.


If you are someone who has lots of ideas, projects and things you want to do, acknowledge this fact. Accept that you don't need to act on them all now and be willing to let some things go for the time being. You will undoubtedly experience some fear in the process, which is natural.

Choose instead to be focused, and you'll experience a sense of achievement and increased success. Focus builds momentum for faster results, leaving you more productive and effective.

When you're ready and willing to be more focused, I suggest you start by examining all the possibilities. Brainstorm them on paper. When you can see the bigger picture more clearly, start experimenting with being focused.

Choose Three Areas of Focus

Play with the idea of focusing on only three things. Choose the three ideas that feel most important to you, or resonate with your passions, or would give life to your dream, or make your heart sing. Write down your three specific areas of focus. The more specific you are, the more focused you'll be.

When you have selected three things, evaluate how they fit into your vision or dream and ascertain whether they are the most effective choices for today. With each of your three ideas, define your compelling reason for pursuing them. Your compelling reason will inspire you to continue and be committed. Each day, review your three areas of focus and take actions that align with those priorities.

Be Accountable

Making the shift to being focused and experimenting with the idea of only pursuing three ideas at any one time may be quite a step out of your comfort zone. You may start this experiment only to find yourself slipping back. To strengthen your commitment, find someone you trust who will challenge you to maintain your focus. Giving someone permission to challenge you in a healthy way can add fun to the process, keeping it light-hearted and helping you to maintain your commitment.

Wendy Hearn Personal and Professional Coach
Wendy works with business owners, professionals and executives to discover and unlock their own inspiration, to effortlessly take the actions required to have the success they desire. To receive Wendy's free newsletter, send an email to:


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