So often people search after the “secret-ingredient” or “magic-bullet” to Success. We look to those we admire, and wonder, “what esoteric quality or habits do they possess?” And then of course, these uber-successful “role models” of ours come out with their autobiography or TV Interview, and reveal to the world, “There is no secret. There is no magic pill. Just a lot of hard work.” Oh well. We shrug out shoulders and put our nose back to the grind stone. Life goes on.
Well…what if there was a bit of magic to “success?” What if it really does take more than just a lot of hard work (and trust me, we all know someone who wins the “hardest Worker of the Year” Award and has nothing to show for it)
I’ve always had an open and playful mind. I love magic. (Seriously, the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, CA is like my favorite place in the World!). I’m always reading non-business books that fall in my lap as clues for ways I can stimulate personal growth in every area of my life. Perhaps “magic” is just a bunch of hocus-pocus mumbo-jumbo that I should have abandoned years ago, but I still believe there are magical powers in the universe that allow us all to harness our Hidden Potential and make our wildest dreams come true.
Through this blog post and others, we will explore such “magic powers,” that when used for good, can yield incredible results in your business, and every other area of your life.
The Ability to Focus is one of those powers.
I know what you’re thinking – “Focus? What’s so powerful or sexy about focus? That’s something ANYONE can do”
Yes, the ability to focus is available to anyone and EVERYONE, but very few people truly take advantage of this power, or even know how to harness it.
But once someone understands this power they soon discover a world of unlimited possibilities.
What’s so special about Focus?
I’ve always said that the quality of your life is directly impacted by the questions we ask ourselves, but that’s just one part of the equation.
The second element of that equation is the ability to act upon the answers we get from those questions.
Who cares if we KNOW what to do?
All that matters is what we actually DO.
So what about you?
Would you consider yourself a focused individual? Are you able to “tune out” your circumstances, emotions and distractions in order to get things done?
If not, you’re missing out on an entire world of possibilities.
Let’s look at a few of the possibilities that focusing can produce…
1. Get more done in less time
Here’s some news everyone should already know – multitasking KILLS productivity.
It may feel good working on 3 projects at once, but the reality is that a lot of time is being wasted in transitioning from one thing to another.
If you’d like some tangible proof, try filling up 3 glasses of water by pouring one ounce at a time in each glass till they’re all full. Then try filling up one at a time. Which one do you think takes longer?
Some people think that focusing is a luxury that people with “extra time” can afford. But the reality is that if you’re too busy to focus, you can’t afford NOT to focus.
2. Creativity is unleashed
Not only does focusing save you time, but it also allows your creativity to be unleashed. By giving 100% of your attention to something your brain is allowed to work at its full potential.
This is one of the most amazing phenomenon’s I’ve witnessed every time I’ve cleared my desk and focused on one thing until I got it done. It may feel strange at first. As if you’re neglecting so many other things that need your attention NOW, but once you relax and give undivided attention you’ll find that your BEST ideas start appearing.
Just like magic.
3. Impossible problems will be solved.
Here’s an interesting statement Einstein was quoted as saying, “It’ not that I’m smart – I just stay with the problem longer.”
That’s a pretty significant statement. We have one of the smartest men TELLING US one of his secrets for solving problems!
Yes he’s smart, but his ability to focus and stay with a problem longer is what helped him achieve extraordinary results. Einstein is basically telling us that his superpower is FOCUS.
3. Circumstances and Emotions no longer have control.
The excuses people offer for NOT accomplishing their goals or doing the right thing is usually linked to circumstances and emotions.
- Circumstances: WHERE they were, WHOM they were with or WHAT was going on in their life at the time.
- Emotions: Not “feeling” it, not believing, or feeling its not the right time.
Your ability to focus can take all of this away.
Your actions (or in-actions) are no longer hinged upon anything other than YOUR choices. But that also means your now 100% responsible which can be a scary thing for some people.
Let’s face it, it’s much easier to pass blame then to take charge of our lives and take action!
Now that we’ve discussed the magic of focus, it’s time to talk about tangible ways to get focused.
It’s my belief that most people know WHAT they need to do – it’s the “doing” that’s the problem. Take weight-loss for an example. Most people know HOW to lose weight (eat less of that, work out more, put down the beer, etc), but they still don’t…why?
Stay tuned for part 2 of Hocus Pocus of Focus when we tangible ways to bring the magic of focus into your life.