Life is movement. Everything in life is changing. Whether we know it or not, we are all changing. Whether you like to change or stay the same, we are all changing.
There is no life without growth. The seed of life is growth. If you are living your life and not growing, it is time to check what you are doing wrong. Life is all about growth, about advancement, about movement, about balance, about rest.
Albert Einstein said, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” He is right. If you are not moving, what are you doing with yourself, your life, your time?
To know whether you are making progress in life or not, check how you are living your life on a daily basis. Are you spending your time the right ways? Are you spending your time with the right people? Are you asking the right questions?
Remember, if you want a better tomorrow, you must start doing the right things today. What you are doing today will be your tomorrow’s gain. What you are doing today is your future. You are the only one who can design your future. Make wise choices, and you will get there.
In order to focus, you have to set a clear goal for yourself. Without a clear and solid goal, focus cannot happen. You cannot focus on anything. You need a clear goal to be able to focus on something. If you don’t have a goal, a vision, a dream, how can you focus? It is impossible.
You cannot focus without a vision. Sometimes it is hard to remain focused on our goals. We are distracted by our own thoughts, the society, our friends, technology, and/or our own relatives. If you allow them, they can distract you from reaching your goals. How? They can talk you out of your dream. They will give you one trillion reasons why your dream is not going to work. Some will say it to your face. Others will say it behind your back. Remember, they are irrelevant. What is relevant is what you think and say about yourself.
Before we continue, let us look at what great
minds have said about “The Power of Focus.”
Kelvin Harrington said, “Get clear on what gives
your life value, and what your time is worth.” Source: Entrepreneur.com/
James Allen said, “The vision that you glorify in your mind, the idea that you enthrone in your heart- this you will build your life by, this you become.”
Dorothea Brande put it this way, “Envisioning the
end is enough to put the means in motion.”
If you want to really focus on your life, your
career, your personal and professional development, you need to change your
mindset. You need to change your mindset from negative to positive, from
impossible to possible, from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’, from ‘it is too hard’ to ‘it
is easy,’ from wrong to right. You need a change of mindset. Always focus on
what you can do, not on what you cannot do. It is easier for people to see what
is wrong than to see what is right in people. That is who we are. For example,
if you have a major presentation to do tomorrow, instead of crying the whole
night, instead of focusing on what can go wrong; focus on what can go right,
focus on how you want to do your presentation. Go into your presentation with a
positive mindset, and you will do well.
Why is Focus
so critical to our personal and professional success?
Focus keeps you grounded.
Focus helps you concentrate on what is important, not on what is urgent.
Focus helps you ignore what is irrelevant.
So, how do we focus on what is important, not on
what is urgent?
Here are some strategies that will help you focus
on what is important in your life:
Set your personal and professional goals, and follow through. You will achieve your goals only if you follow through. Do not quit. Stick to your goals.
Know your strengths and weaknesses. It is unrealistic to focus on what you don’t know. You will not do so well at it. But if you focus on what you are really good at, you will do very well.
Pay attention to details. The secret to success is to see what others do not see. You can only see what others ignore if you pay attention to details.
Do one thing at a time. Do not spread yourself too thin. Focus on what is important, not on what is urgent. What is urgent is not always what is important. To get the results that you want, you need to focus on what is important.
Learn how to say ‘no’ to assignments that will not help you reach your goals- short-term and long-term. Don’t take on what you can deliver. Don’t take on assignments that are more than what you know how to do. Take on assignments that are important, not on the ones that are urgent.
Write down your dreams. Write down your goals. Revisit them on a daily basis. It is not enough to just write them down. You need to visit and think about them every day. Make it a habit. It will become a habit.
Ask yourself great questions. Ask yourself these three questions: 1) What do I want for myself? 2) How am I going to get it done? 3) What will it take for me to reach my destination?
Motivation, motivation, motivation. When the journey gets really tough, you are the only one to motivate yourself. You know how far you are going to travel to reach your goal. You are so important to yourself, because the real motivation is from inside you, not from outside you.
Finally, if you want to achieve the unbelievable,
you need to focus on what is important, not on what is urgent.
Creativity starts in the mind. If you are not creative in your mind, you can’t be creative in your job. We all have the ability to be creative, but we are busy beating ourselves up for what we cannot do. You are a creative person ONLY if you see yourself as one.
You can be a creative person if you want to. It is in your mind. It is in how you see yourself. If you see yourself as a creative person, your brain will pick it up. But if you don’t see yourself as a creative person, it will be difficult for you to change. This is not to scare you. You can do it. It starts with looking at things differently, thinking differently, challenging yourself, getting out of your comfort zone, opening your mind to new ideas, meeting new people, and asking intelligent questions. You can be creative. YOU DON’T NEED A UNIVERSITY DEGREE TO BE CREATIVE. If you can think, you can be creative.
Creativity means looking at things in different ways. You need creative ideas to move on in life. As Edward de Bono put it, “Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in different ways.” I know sometimes it is hard to be creative in an organization that doesn’t support creativity. A lot of people want to express their creative ideas, but the organizations they work for do not support them. If your organization does not support creative ideas, there is nothing you can do about it. If you need it badly, you might consider leaving the company. Before you do that, make sure it is your core mission to use your creativity to better your life and the lives of the people around you. If not, don’t leave your job.
As I said earlier, you don’t need a college degree to be creative. If you want to be a creative person, open your mind to new people and to new ideas. Don’t reject what you don’t know. Instead of you rejecting it, ask great questions about it. Remember, questions lead to more questions, not to more answers. You can also increase your creativity by your associations. Hang out with creative people. If you do that, you will start to develop your creative muscles. The more you use it, the better it becomes. Maya Angelou famously said, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Yes, the more you train your creative muscles, the more you will have.
If you want your creative muscles to grow, start using them today, right now!