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.
There is no perfect time to start something. The right time to start anything is now. If not now, when?
If you want to start something, don’t wait for the perfect time to come. There is no perfect time to do anything. The perfect time is now, not tomorrow, not next week, not next month, not next year. If you don’t do it now, when are you going to do it.
If you don’t take action to change your life, if you don’t take action to change your situation, your life will never change. You are the only person who can change your life. Dan Millman said, “The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the moment. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for.”
Yes, you can’t change the past, but you can do a lot of things to shape your future. You can shape your future if you want to. You can do it by taking the right actions today. You can change your future by paying attention to the things that you are doing now. Don’t waste your time with negative, unproductive people. They will ruin your life for you.
If you don’t plan for tomorrow, you will not have tomorrow. If you don’t plant the right seeds today, you will not reap the right fruits tomorrow.
You can do it. You are the only one who can make your life better. Start small. Take baby steps. Do one thing at a time. Meet with the people who can change your life, and stay away from those who can’t.
Don’t wait for the perfect time. According to Arthur Ashe, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
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.
Success is a process. It is not a final stop. If you want to really be successful, you must do the right things. Successful people are successful because they do what others are not willing to do, and they don’t do what others do.
“You can do anything if you believe you can do it. You can’t do anything if you believe you can’t do anything.”
If you want more beautiful things in life, do
things in beautiful ways. You must give beautiful things to people, and people
will give beautiful things back to you.
Here are six things that successful people DON’T do:
They don’t waste time.
Successful people don’t waste their time. They value their time. They do the right and the most important things first. They don’t waste their time living in the past. They don’t waste their time living in the future. They waste their time living in the moment.
“All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that.”- Baltasar Gracian
don’t try to change what they cannot change.
Successful people know what they can change, and
they change it. Successful people know what they cannot change, and they don’t
even try to change it. If you try to change what you cannot change, you are
just wasting your time.
“Life is not orderly. No matter how we try to make it so, right in the middle of it we die, lose a leg, fall in love, drop a jar of applesauce.”- Natalie Goldberg, zen practitioner
don’t fear success.
Successful people don’t fear success. They embrace
it. They welcome it. They prepare for it. They are successful in their minds
before they meet success. They know that success comes with discipline, with
responsibility, with focus, and with integrity. They believe in themselves that
they can succeed.
“Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself.”- Robert Collier
don’t fear failure.
Successful people don’t fear failure. They embrace
failure. They know that failure is part of the game of life. When they fail at
something, they just keep moving. They don’t blame anyone for their mistakes.
They take responsibility for what happened to them.
“I have not failed I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”– Thomas Edison
don’t doubt themselves.
Successful people don’t doubt themselves. They
believe they can do anything. They believe that nothing is impossible in life.
They don’t doubt themselves. Successful people are scared, but they don’t allow
fear to stop them from achieving their dreams.
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities. Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own power you cannot be successful or happy.”– Norman Vincent Pearle
don’t search for happiness.
Successful people don’t search for happiness. They
give happiness. They know that when you give happiness to people, you will be
happy. For that reason, they always try to make people happy. If you want to be
happy, make people happy. Add happiness to people’s lives, and they will add
happiness to your life.
“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”- Albert Camus