The Discipline of Focus

If you wish to achieve anything significant in your life, you must learn to focus. More specifically, you must focus your attention and efforts on what truly matters. Your attention and energy are limited resources, and you waste them on trivialities, there’s very little hope that you’re going to achieve your important goals. Focus is a key ingredient in the recipe for achievement.

Whenever you set a goal, be prepared to withstand the assaults of a myriad of distractions: people pulling at you; unimportant activities begging you to engage in them; mobile devices flashing messages at you; random noises created by cars, buses, trains, airplanes, etc.

And if this wasn’t enough, there are the distractions you create for yourself: an idea pops in your head, and before you know it, you have wasted two hours pursuing rabbit trails or worrying about something you can’t do much about.

Staying focus is a discipline. This implies you must be intentional about developing your ability to focus. You must decide to focus and commit to that decision. The key words here are “decision” and “commitment”. It begins with a resolute decision to focus on the activities that matter and then you must follow-through on that decision.

Once you’ve established the object of your focus, you “lock” your attention into it and resist all the appeals of other glittering objects; said another way, once you set your sail toward a destination, you resist the winds trying to stray you from it.

The discipline of focus can be practiced. Perhaps you’re easily distracted today; the smallest little thing makes you lose your focus. But it doesn’t have to remain that way; you can work at the discipline of focus. And if you put in the effort, you’ll improve.

It’s a tragedy when important activities are neglected because of trivial ones. While your attention and efforts are given to “the trivial”, the important ones suffer. And when you look back, you have nothing to show for all this invested energy. What a waste!

Like a farmer who, working in their field, expects to reap the fruits of their labor, expect results for your investment of energy and effort. But to reap results, you’ll have to cultivate the discipline of focus.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.