To achieve anything of significance in life requires focus; not just focus for the moment, but focus over time, a focus that is fixed on learning, growing, and mastering a subject,a problem, or an opportunity. Here are five signs you’re not focused.
- You don’t have a plan. If your life is a wandering generality, hoping to just happen to you, then you certainly are not focused. Your sight is defused, looking at many things instead of the one best thing for you.
- You can’t assess your progress. Of course if you don’t have a plan, it’s hard to assess where you are. Someone has said that what gets dated gets done. It takes courage to plan your life and then work your plan. Are you able to answer this question: “Have you grown over the last 12 months? Are you making progress toward your life’s goal?”
- You won’t be still without a baby-sitter. I was raised in a generation where we constantly had to have something going on: the TV, the radio. Today these are replaced by iPods, iPhones, all kinds of ways in which we get stimulated. But to get focused on anything, you’re going to have to learn how to be still without stimulants, except the subject at hand.
- You never take the time. To be focused on anything requires time. People often ask me, “How do you write a book?” It’s this easy and this hard. Set your butt in a seat for hours on end and focus on the task at hand. Time passes whether you like it or not. But all the hours I’ve spent writing books that have been published and go around the world in five different languages, is time that I’ve captured forever.
- You offer no unique insight. The fruit of focus is insight. A unique observation that is quite unlike anyone else is what creates your unique voice. It allows you to make a contribution and fly your flag in a crowded market.