The Power of Focus
by Wendy Hearn
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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