Four Steps To Sharpening Your Focus

Four Steps To Sharpening Your Focus

Posted on 24. Feb, 2013 by in Archived Post, Character Counts

Think about a world champion, look at their face and eyes, they seem to tune in on exactly what they are going to do and then they execute with precision. What you don’t see in that moment of execution, the moment that they reach for glory is the practice, learning, training, working, and the sleepless mornings and nights that are spent working out the kinks in their game. That, you see, is their priority. The importance of focus is a matter of execution when it matters most, when things seem at their most difficult…that is their ability to concentrate on execution.

Without several components working is sync with one another, the drive to succeed would be diminished. Think about it for a moment, the star athlete that wins it all for their team, and fights tooth and nail, reaches the heights of success but not without serious development of their unique ability to prioritize and focus. There is what seems like a super natural element to them, but if you narrow it down, it’s just a matter of them wanting something so badly and then going through all the motions, taking each step required to achieve their dream(s).

You and many others might think that you know what it’s like to focus, what it’s like to train, but many never achieve their dreams as they lack the ability to properly prioritize and focus on what’s needed to get to the next level. If that sounds like something you’re experiencing, let me tell you, you can begin to turn it around today. As a matter of fact, right now…..

Focus On Your Strengths

Some folks stop looking to do the necessary things needed to reach their full potential. It’s easy for some to turn off their brain and watch television for a few hours, eat some ice cream and go to bed. Their focus is limited and priorities in disarray. It’s simply hard for some to develop the concentration and priority skills required to move forward in whatever plans they have in life. Your focus needs to be specific…meaning on your strengths. What do you do well that can be useful in where you are trying to go? Focus on that…put your energy and resources into it. Stop wasting time and energy on those things you do not do well. Identify your strengths and capitalize on them.

What About My Weakness?

Minimize them. You have to keep your weakness limited and, if need be, delegate tasks that could expose them. Stop spending time and energy trying to cultivate your weaknesses. If you are not good at planning, delegate it……not good at managing inventory, delegate it…..not good at taking calls, delegate it (remember my post on Virtual Assistants?).  Delegate your weaknesses and move on.

This is not a call for you to be a superstar athlete but it is a way to wake you up. Think about anything in your life that isn’t at its absolute optimum. Seriously, think about it and then look to see how you can change things up by adding more focus, concentration, and prioritization to your routine. Whether it’s waking up early to run, or it’s hitting the gym when you feel absolutely exhausted from work. Think of things that you’ve classified as too hard to get done, prioritize them and then make it happen. Start small and work your way to what you perceive is your ultimate goal. Think about that strongly, and you will see why it’s imperative that you focus on things that are going to help you succeed. It starts with small things and then exponentially grows into greatness. Ask a world champion, and you’ll get the same answers.

Next Steps:

  1. Prioritize – Sit down and document each step it takes to get to where you want to go. This goes beyond building a passive income stream as it may apply to several areas of your life.
  2. Identify your strengths – don’t just think about them…document them on a piece of paper, in your smart phone, tablet, or PC.
  3. Create a plan to build on your strengths – take classes, watch videos, listen to podcast, read books. Do what it takes to cultivate your strengths. Whatever path you take, make sure it’s done at least once a week.
  4. Delegate your weaknesses – Team up with someone that is strong in the area you are weak in. See if they are willing to help you out. If they share your vision (building a passive income), then I’m sure they will be willing to assist in some manner or at least point you in the right direction.

31 Responses to “Four Steps To Sharpening Your Focus”

  1. James

    08. Jun, 2013

    How exactly do you delegate planning? I’m having a bit of trouble with the planning stage of my projects. How do I delegate planning if I’m the one with all of the ideas?

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    • mpibadministrator

      mpibadministrator

      09. Jun, 2013

      Good question, James. It starts with how detailed you are with you ideas. If you can break you ideas down and put them in laymen terms, then you can bring in a good planner that can help you with strategy development.

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  2. Alissa

    10. Jun, 2013

    I’m having issues with planning my projects as well… but my problem is more the organizing part of the planning process…. I think I need to bring in a planner to help me document my ideas! lol

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    • mpibadministrator

      mpibadministrator

      11. Jun, 2013

      lol….well, that’s a good idea if you need one. Organizing the planning process is important, but be careful to not get caught in the “paralysis by analysis” mode.

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  3. VahnCross

    12. Jun, 2013

    I easily get distracted. Well, blame the internet. 😀
    I can’t even get on the piles of work and sketch requests while online.

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  4. Sky

    13. Jun, 2013

    I really do need to work on sharpening my focus. I often find myself distracted by the internet. I really need to sit down, focus, and write out a plan to help me get there.

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    • Big Dave

      Big Dave

      14. Jun, 2013

      You can get it done…

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    • VahnCross

      14. Jun, 2013

      A good way to get focus back on when the internet is too distracting is disabling it for a few hours. I often find myself surprised that I get a lot done whenever the internet has a problem.

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      • Big Dave

        Big Dave

        14. Jun, 2013

        You know, a few years ago our electricity was out for several days due to a tornado outbreak in the area. Not having internet during that time was absolutely unsettling, yet peaceful at the same time. I don’t know if I’m describing it in a way that makes sense, but that’s what comes to mind. Unsettling because I couldn’t communicate with extended family, but peaceful because I wasn’t checking FB, Twitter, my favorites website, Netflix and on and on and on all the time. So, I could really hone in on getting other things done….plus the benefit of actually spending quality time with the immediate family was priceless.

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        • VahnCross

          15. Jun, 2013

          A year ago, Facebook was a thing for me and it was the first thing that I open whenever I turn on the computer. And it was unsettling as hell whenever I had to work. So I decided to try out the deactivation and it worked great. I asked my friend to change the password so I can focus on my month-long project.

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          • Big Dave

            Big Dave

            16. Jun, 2013

            “I asked my friend to change the password so I can focus…” – hilarious. That’s a good step to take, though.

          • Sky

            27. Jun, 2013

            I actually just deactivated my Facebook as well – I spend way too much time procrastinating on there. I’ve been without it for nearly a month and have no desire to return, though I probably will eventually.

  5. BreatheOut

    18. Jun, 2013

    It’s a good idea to delegate weakness. In a team, each person covers each other’s weaknesses which make a great team.

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  6. Alissa

    24. Jun, 2013

    My problem isn’t really the internet… I just always want to do EVERYTHING and I have too much going on at once…

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  7. Rebecca

    07. Jul, 2013

    I too find the internet to be a huge glut of distraction. Particularly my love/hate relationship with facebook. I almost always have to open and have to check it regularly when people chat me or I get those alluring little red notifications.

    Sometimes when I have something I really need to get done and I don’t need internet access for I’ll remove myself from my home environment and go to a cafe’, park or library. Often I find this kick starts my concentration and I don’t even miss the distractions.

    I think writing in particular motivates me to get rid of distractions as if they pay you per article, the quicker you can get it done the more you can capitalise on your time. As opposed to an office environment where you can take your time with your work and you’ll still be paid the same.

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  8. Rebecca

    09. Jul, 2013

    I too find the internet to be a huge glut of distraction. Particularly my love/hate relationship with facebook. I almost always have to open and have to check it regularly when people chat me or I get those alluring little red notifications.Sometimes when I have something I really need to get done and I don’t need internet access for I’llremove myself from my home environment and go to a cafe’, park or library. Often I find this kick starts my concentration and I don’t even miss the distractions.I think writing in particular motivates me to get rid of distractions as if they pay you per article, the quicker you can get it done the more you can capitalise on your time. As opposed to an office
    environment where you can take your time with your work and you’ll still be paid the same

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  9. Dough

    10. Jul, 2013

    Here is a basic question from me, how do I go about identifying my strengths? Are there specific techniques that can be used?

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  10. Taha ayub

    14. Jul, 2013

    Getting a good companion which can help you in limiting your weakness is really a blessing, nice words Dave , i will be tuned to hear from you some more amazing ideas

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  11. Mike

    15. Jul, 2013

    Hey Dough,

    I think talking to other people and getting some feed back can help identify your strengths. Then if you have some really honest relationships they can help you identify your weaknesses too.

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  12. Sarah Harris

    15. Jul, 2013

    I find it most helpful when I look at the work I am most proud of, there I can see my strengths as I’m personally happy with what I’ve accomplished.

    Also look to your passions and see what you love. Generally I find people who love what they’re doing are good at it. The same works in reverse too, if you hate something you tend not to be so great.

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    • Sky

      24. Aug, 2013

      I think you’re right, Sarah. I notice that in my personal work as well – if I’m working on a project that I truly love and am excited about, the quality is much better than if it’s something I’m doing because I “have” to.

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  13. Rebecca

    20. Jul, 2013

    Yeah totally Sarah! I’m terrible at things I hate. I always wished I could be one of those people who are good at things no matter whether they like it or not.

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    • Hassnain

      21. Jul, 2013

      Rebecca i think you should take those things as a challenge which you hate, that’s a good way to motivate yourself

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  14. Zuri

    13. Aug, 2013

    My problem is more execution than anything. I can come up with idea, map out a plan and thats where it stops. I have so many notebooks that are almost completely empty because I purchase them for an idea and never return. I just need to finish something!

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    • Big Dave

      Big Dave

      13. Aug, 2013

      Hi Zuri, what do you think is causing you to not follow through on the execution of your plans and ideas?

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      • Zuri

        19. Aug, 2013

        I’m not sure. Sometimes I loose interest, but most of the time I find myself listing all the reasons they won’t work. It’s an internal conflict that drives me crazy!

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  15. Charlotte

    23. Aug, 2013

    Every great business person knows how to delegate their weaknesses. First try to minimize them though. Learn what you can, and if you find that you’re still not good at it, find someone who is!

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  16. Harvey

    06. Feb, 2014

    Delegating, even if it’s in one of my areas of weakness, is something I really have trouble with. How do you get over yourself and allow someone else to step in? Especially when you know they can do a much better job!

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    • Big Dave

      Big Dave

      06. Feb, 2014

      Good question….you get over yourself by vision your future life. If what you see (what you want in life) is that important to you, then you will find a way to get over yourself.

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      • Harvey

        07. Feb, 2014

        Simple enough! I’m reading a book on leadership and it suggests delegating anything that can be done without you. If you’ve successfully developed other leaders, it won’t be a problem. Thanks Dave.

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