The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting to get different results.
In today’s training we are going to be thinking about the word FOCUS.
Focus isn’t just a word in the English vocabulary.
It is a way of life for motivated Team Triumph Consultants.
To begin, I want to look at all of the different ways focus can be understood as a definition.
- the concentration of attention or energy on something.
“the focus of activity shifted to molecular biology”; “he had no direction in his life”
synonyms: focus, focusing, focussing, focal point, direction, centering
- maximum clarity or distinctness of an image rendered by an optical system.
“in focus”; “out of focus”
- maximum clarity or distinctness of an idea.
“the controversy brought clearly into focus an important difference of opinion”
- a central point or locus of an infection in an organism.
“the focus of infection”
synonyms: focus, focal point, nidus
- special emphasis attached to something.
“the stress was more on accuracy than on speed”
synonyms: stress, focus
- a point of convergence of light (or other radiation) or a point from which it diverges.
synonyms: focus, focal point
- a fixed reference point on the concave side of a conic section.
- direct one’s attention on something.
“Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies”
synonyms: concentrate, focus, center, centre, pore, rivet
- cause to converge on or toward a central point.
“Focus the light on this image”
- bring into focus or alignment; to converge or cause to converge; of ideas or emotions.
synonyms: concenter, concentre, focalize, focalise, focus
- become focussed or come into focus.
“The light focused”
synonyms: focus, focalize, focalise
- put (an image) into focus.
“Please focus the image; we cannot enjoy the movie”
synonyms: focus, focalize, focalise, sharpen
It might seem a little bit like overkill to post all of the ways this word can be defined, but let’s really look at how important this word is.
Not only is focus something of substance.
Focus is an action word.
Focus is essential when it comes to building your business.
Are you going to develop a plan, centered around a process and build your business, or wait for some magic fairy to fly down and drop success into your lap?
So let’s talk about focus.
Get Rid of the Clutter
Staying focused is easier said than done in today’s world.
We are completely surrounded by information and useless content that can easily distract us.
Social media is fun.
We all like watching funny videos, reading memes and looking at everything our friends are doing and what they have to say. This is a huge distraction, and while I am not saying to completely unplug from the fun stuff on social media, don’t let it distract you from building your business.
You have a business that can make your dreams your life, but you have to make that a reality. It isn’t going to happen by sucking into social media and getting sidetracked from your goals. If you are going to be using social media, use it to build relationships. Use Social Media in a way that will grow your business.
The world is full of distractions and distraction is the enemy of focus. Your phone, people, thoughts of what is going on this week, or bills you have to pay are all distractions. Make your work time – work time.
Prioritize your time and stick to it.
Don’t let things sneak in and steal your focus.
Make time for your life apart from work, but make time for your work apart from the distractions of life.
Also, this is important – do not to get caught up in trying too many things at once. That is a bad idea. Focus on the individual task at hand. If phone calls are a part of your work time, segment your phone calls into that time with their own time slot. You can’t spend all of your time on the phone, or you will run out of people to talk to. Some of the time you spend needs to be figuring out how to get more people into your process.
In other words, stop multi-tasking…
Don’t overload yourself with too many things.
If your work time is 3 hours a day, you may not be able to accomplish each task each day. Segment your tasks and accomplish them on different days. Make sure you aren’t stressing yourself out by running into a wall of responsibility. Take responsibility responsibly and prioritize.
Make sure you get sleep, drink water, eat well…
The lack of sleep will inhibit your ability to focus, but too much sleep will do the same thing. Make it a point to schedule your life, including your sleep. There are things that you can do to get a good night sleep.
One of the most important things you can do is to remove all sources of light from your surroundings. We were meant to sleep in the dark. The light of a candle was covered up during the night. This is the way we are supposed to sleep. Make your room dark at night when you go to sleep. Go to bed at the same time. You need 6 good hours of sleep. That gives you 18 hours to segment each day. That is 108 hours to segment each week if you take one day off.
I recommend taking one day off every week. Use this day to relax. Don’t do anything that makes you think too much. Enjoy the family and don’t think about any time blocks you have segmented. This is a day that you will look forward to each week and you will find out all of the time you spent getting sidetracked with all of the pointless things can be accomplished in one day.
So in reality, you could segment your time in such a way where everything that serves no real purpose fits into one day. This is a suggestion and not a rule, but it is important to get as much as possible out of each day, and be task oriented and laser focused on those individual tasks.
Water is the essence of life.
We can’t live without it and it is vital to the cells. It makes you feel good when you drink the optimal amount of water each day. Not only are you staying properly hydrated, but water actually helps you stay focused.
Fresh air is also important. Don’t spend your entire day in your office. It is just as important to prioritize time for your health. The air we breathe, again, is essential to life. We can’t live without it, and when we are out in nature, we can absorb the energy of nature.
This once again is something that will help you stay focused.
Meditation and prayer are also important. You don’t have to be religious to focus on nothing. Prayer isn’t just praying to God for what you want. It is listening to what God has to say. Take some time each day to listen. This is VITAL to focusing on what you need to accomplish and sometimes you will find that it will reveal things you need to do to accomplish your goals.
This is part 1 of FOCUS. Be sure to follow part 2 and 3.