“I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.” — Zig Ziglar
It’s an interesting thing…focus is.
At this very moment, I’m focused on writing this piece here at the Jungle of Life. Except…except it is easy to wander, to let my mind drift elsewhere. And when I do this — my focus shifts. It’s not that I’m no longer focusing. Instead, it’s that I’m choosing to focus on something else.
Perhaps the new snow on the ground outside. Or what I’ll have for breakfast. Or Facebook. Or why that car cut in front of me on the highway earlier today. Or any number of things — things that may or may not really deserve my focus.
When I do this — when I shift my focus from what I’m doing to something else — that thing I’m working on loses importance. More than that, even — my drifting focus keeps me rooted in what has always been.
Have you ever said (either aloud or silently) something like “I really want to ______.” (where the blank space represents something you have said). And then — that thought leaves you, perhaps to never be revisited again, or perhaps to come up days/months/years down the road — with a twinge of regret for never having acted upon it.
We can all have these great thoughts of things we want to do/try/be. And then…it is easy to fall into the trap of doing what we’ve always done.
We let our thoughts drift…from one thing to the next.
And before we know it — another day/month/year has passed, and there we are doing what we have always done.
Today, I challenge you to add some clear focus to something that has meaning to you. Maybe it’s something you’ve dabbled in. Maybe it’s something you have really put a lot of time and effort into already (very awesome!). Maybe it’s something that has just kind of lingered around in your brain (and in your heart, especially).
Up the focus!
And be very clear about this — it’s not about “upping the focus” in everything you do (there is probably not a need to be more focused on making that daily pot of coffee, for instance). This is specifically about taking one aspect of you and upping your focus factor in that area.
This is not about multitasking your way through life — this is much more about single-tasking. And in that — focusing on that very thing you are doing, at that moment.
In this case, especially, though — it is about choosing one thing of meaning to you — that you will really up the focus on this year.
Some moments when you are focusing on this will be easy. Some will be challenging. Through it all — know that your mind is a powerful force — and that you have the choice in what that amazing mind of yours focuses on. As you begin down this path of delving more into something of meaning to you — in the moments that you are in that space — be fully in that space (physically and mentally). Focus. Focus on that one particular thing for the duration.
Do this — and your life will unfold in amazing and meaningful ways…