Focus and Succeed

by Lance Ekum on · 36 comments

“There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.”
Creative Commons License photo credit: Jer­rychar­lotte

“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…

Lance writes sto­ries from his heart, aim­ing to inspire and moti­vate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he’s not here, you can find him hang­ing out with his fam­ily, rid­ing a bike, or just gen­er­ally act­ing goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Tree­house newslet­ter and get addi­tional inspi­ra­tion in your email inbox!
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