December 4, 2008.
"Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus."
Alexander Graham Bell
Staying focused when things start to unravel all around you is hardly a walk in the park. As a matter of fact, it can be tougher than a two dollar steak. Zeroing in on what we need to do - and then DOING it - takes unswerving commitment and tenacity.
Especially when it feels like our world is coming apart at the seams.
Just wading through our typical frenzied schedule can prove downright exhausting. Constantly moving and shaking, going here and doing that all day long, it can take everything we've got to simply stay on track. When you add all of the distractions, disruptions and personal challenges we face to the mix, it's no shocker that we occasionally lose our way.
"Concentration is the secret of strength."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
With all of the hubbub and nonstop racket we deal with daily, it's a small miracle that any of us can keep our eyes on the prize. Yet there are a number of people who are able to maintain their razor sharp focus no matter what life tosses their way. Regardless of the number of adversities, difficulties and obstacles they encounter, these winners stay focused. And they stay on course.
These go-getters know what they want to accomplish - and move relentlessly toward the attainment of these goals. They never allow situations or circumstances to knock them off balance. Nor do they allow anyone or anything to stand in their way. They know what they want and they go get it.
They possess laser beam focus. And so should we.
"What matters is where you want to go. Focus in the right direction!"
You know what you want out of life, don't you? We're not talking about what you hope to have or accomplish some day. We're referring to the special, deeply personal goals you hold close to your heart; those things you really want to do right now.
Can you see them? Can you feel them? Even more importantly, are you living them right now?
If what you're presently doing isn't taking you where you want to go, then here's an idea. Stop doing it. And start focusing on getting where you want to go.
"Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets."
People love to daydream about getting what they want, picturing themselves doing some pretty incredible things in their minds. Fabulous things, wonderful things, things that would make their lives everything they have ever hoped they could be... and so much more. They not only see it, they can feel it in their hearts. But the dreams remain dreams because they're not 100% committed to making their dreams come true.
There's a huge difference between having a goal and actually making it happen. That difference is FOCUS. And when it comes to focus, you either have it or you don't. So make sure you do.
You need to zero in on what you want to become - and what you want to achieve. Then you need to get busy doing whatever you need to do to get there. That means staying focused on what you want to achieve, steadfastly refusing to allow anything to disrupt your flow. Then, when things get tough, you need to get tougher. When problems crop up, you need to plow through them. When you feel your hold starting to slip, you need to grab the reigns tighter than ever.
And just keep working, keep striving, keep giving it everything you've got each and every day. Before you know it, you'll be living your dreams.
The Bottom Line: Focus on what you need to do and then do it. Right now.
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