Do you want to achieve your goal faster?
Let me ask you another question…
What is the shortest distance between two points?
This isn’t a trick, the answer is very simple, yes it’s one that you were taught at school…
That’s right, it’s a straight line!
So what does this have to do with you achieving your dreams in the shortest possible time, before they fade away and you loose sight of them?
Simple, you need to be travelling straight towards them at all times. That way you’ll get there as quickly as you can.
So why don’t you always head straight in the direction of your goals, why doesn’t everyone always do that?
There are many reasons why people don’t always head towards their goals. Maybe they make excuses like:
- I just don’t have the energy
- My cat/dog/goldfish was sick
- I was too busy (watching the TV)
- I was going to but my friend/distant aunt/uncle/cousin called
- I had other things on my mind
- What is your “go to” reason?
Sometimes they get confused, there are just too many options to choose from. Maybe it’s that they actually start doing something and following a path and then some new fad comes along and they switch to that and then the next one and the next and on and on. In the end they run around in circles getting nowhere. So many people flit around from one new idea to the nest new idea never really accomplishing anything.
Or maybe they just overcomplicate things, making it much more difficult than it really is by adding lots of extra steps to get from where they are to where they want to be.
How many of these things have you done? Come on now, be honest.
I know I’ve been guilty of them all!
Occasionally there are things that just can’t be avoided… things like major dramas, serious illnesses and accidents those things that are completely out of your control. These will demand your attention, they might slow you down for a while. Unfortunately, all too often people let these events stop them completely.
“It is not what happens that determines the major part of your future. What happens, happens to us all. It is what you do about what happens that counts.”
Remember the wise words of one of my favorite mentors, the late Jim Rohn: “It is not what happens that determines the major part of your future. What happens, happens to us all. It is what you do about what happens that counts.”
None of these things have to happen. The amazing truth is they are all choices. We let ourselves get distracted.
Whatever your favorite form of distraction the result is that you loose sight of your goals and you waste your time and energy working hard but not making the progress you planned on all along. Until, eventually discouraged and disheartened you give up ever trying to reach that goal.
THE HABIT THAT CAN SAVE THE DAY
So how can you avoid the pitfalls of distraction? There is one very important mental habit that can make a difference, one learnt by all successful people in all walks of life – business, the sciences, the arts…
** FOCUS **
Focus your mind and your energy on your goals. Don’t allow the cares, the problems and distractions get in your way. Remember what you focus on is what you get. If you choose to focus on distractions then you’ll get more distractions and ultimately you’ll get nowhere. If you choose to focus on your goals, then you will get there.
Focus is a habit that you should practice daily.
“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success sis found in your daily routine.”
John Maxwell has a quote that I have several places around my office, our house an in my brief case and planner… “You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success sis found in your daily routine.”
- Take time every day to remind yourself where it is you want to go.
- Have a well thought out plan that clearly states where you want to go and how you are going to get there – make it believable so that you don’t feel tempted to change horses mid-stream.
- Every day plan the time you are going to use that day. Make sure you know when you are going to do the things you must do to get you moving forward that day.
- If distractions do come up, pause, take a deep breath. Remind yourself about your plan. Ask yourself does this thing help me or hinder me? Only do the things that help you.
USE THE RIGHT TOOLS
If you aren’t in the habit of focus it can be very difficult to do. You will need to work to change your habits. That is exactly where a daily routine comes in to play.
Remember there are many tools out there that can help you to improve your focus. For example, writing a simple – To-Do list every day. That tool Is employed by many people and it helps them stay on track. If this isn’t enough, there are a many apps and personal development tools you can find to help you focus better.
You need to find the tools that work for you and start using them.