Focus makes everything easier. The rough, dangerous, annoying road to a local walking track that has been under construction, has “suddenly” been transformed into a magic carpet ride, smooth as silk. The borders of the road are clearly defined with new paint and color. It’s not only easy to traverse, but pleasant. This clearly defined pathway represents focus.
Focus Changes Everything
As we navigate our lives we often lose focus on our goals. This is the danger zone for our health initiatives. As we become encumbered with the tasks and trials of daily existence, our lofty ideals of health and wellness can easily be pushed aside for more “necessary” tasks. Our days become like the road under construction. We can get through, but it’s a difficult task. It’s frequently dangerous as we push ourselves to our limits without focus. We don’t enjoy it and the entire experience just wears us out. How often do we skip a workout to manage the equivalent of a pothole in the road? We tend to exhaust ourselves on distracting details. We will arrive at our destination sooner if we keep our eyes on the goal.
Make It Your Job with Focus!
The most important part of setting a goal is to be clear, detailed and focused. (1) Without this step, our minds wander and everything in the world distracts us from what is truly important. Saying “I really need to do better.” will not give us the same results as “I will work out like it’s my job, every scheduled day.” Everything in our lives should revolve around specific goals.
In my case, I lift weights four times per week. My life revolves around that fact. It is my job. Although I don’t get paid for working out, it is my first commitment, therefore it is my job. My workouts get done by prioritizing them. There have been scheduling problems when I had to change which days I worked out. I have not failed to work out the number of times scheduled since I made the decision to be specific. It’s not always easy. You would be stunned that I make this happen if you knew more about my life. At first glance, it seems impossible.
Without focus, we will fail. It is not a question of whether we will or not. We will. When we focus the journey is smoother. We may go through hard times and dangerous places but focus redefines the pathway. Suddenly, we know exactly what we have to do. Then there are fewer distractions because the focus has expedited our journey. Those unnecessary jolts, jars and potholes just don’t have a hold on us anymore. We take note of them, but we are on a pre-determined path. With this path clearly in focus, our journey will deliver us to the doorstep of our ultimate goal.
Go ahead. Set that goal and make it detailed. Make it realistic. Get committed to yourself. Focus on your goal and make it happen!
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