If you’re like me, when you look at this picture your eyes don’t know where to go first.
Are you focusing on the car or the piles of bags and boxes? Perhaps that string running down the middle or maybe the man standing behind the car? Or are you just taking in the whole scene?
To focus is to direct your attention or effort towards something specific. It is all about clarity and alertness. And it is critical to setting goals and achieving results.
Lack of focus is when you don’t have clear priorities. Your mind and your energy don’t know where to go first. And it is the most common barrier to making things happen.
Your job, earnings, relationships – in fact, your entire life — is the sum total of what you have chosen to focus on. And not to focus on.
- During a rainstorm, you can focus on how it’s ruining your picnic or on the joy of dancing in the rain.
- During an argument with a friend or your spouse, you can focus on what they did wrong or on how to resolve the issue.
- On the job, you can choose where to direct your attention and exert the most effort – as well as what to delegate, put on the back burner, or let go altogether.
And when you focus, you tend to locate what you’re looking for.
WHAT ARE YOU FOCUSED ON?
It’s easier to find what you’re looking for when you are clear about what it is.