Always remember your focus determines your reality.”
A short story about focus by Coach Al Johnson:
For weeks a lion tamer in-training had observed his teacher very carefully.He paid close attention to every move his teacher made,especially the timing.He asked many good questions and just about everything made perfect sense to him.However,one thing stood out as odd. Each time his teacher entered the lions cage he took a stool in with him and always pointed it with the legs towards the lions face.
Puzzled as to why this was,he asked yet another good question, “Teacher,why is it that you never enter the lions cage without the stool,i have watched you carefully for weeks now and i do not understand.”
The teacher responded, “Yet another wise observation you have made.Pointing the four legs of the stool to the lions face causes him to try and focus on all four at once.This act tames him as it divides his focus and sends him into a state of paralysis.”
This story illustrates the power of focus.As you look at your life,career,are you focused or paralyzed by a lack of focus.Through focus we can achieve great things,you can set priorities,give attention to the task ahead and deliver great results.
One of mans greatest challenges is staying focused,in a fast paced,technology driven world,we live in.But staying focused is perhaps the best way to get things done,with our lives and career.So how do we keep our eyes on the ball when its bouncing around from court to court?
How many goals are you chasing right now? ” if you are chasing more than one thing,you are likely to come empty handed.”
You end up all over the place without focus.A lack of focus will cause you to exact much effort and accomplish very little.
Through focus we are able to set priorities,concentrate on tasks at hand and deliver very high results.
Here are a few ways you should focus and achieve high results;
- Focus on one thing
” I have asked one thing
from the LORD—
it’s all I seek—
to live in the LORD’s house
all the days of my life,
seeing the LORD’s beauty
and constantly adoring his temple.” Psalms 27:4(Common English Bible)
Even David understood the power of focusing on Just One thing. “I have asked one thing from the lord-its all i seek”,when you seek too many things at the same time,you will likely end up with achieving non.
“He who chases two rabbits catches none” Confucius
Most of us are chasing a dozen rabbits at the same time and a few elephants.Multitasking is a productivity nightmare,if you will be productive you got to be focused one one thing.
How can we focus?
Set Priorities-distinguish the important from the immediate.There will always be many things to do,but there will be the one number one thing,do that first.
In economics we call it have a scale of preference.Draw up a list according to the order of most important to less important.Focus on the most important,take it one after the order,one step at a time.
You become what you focus on,your focus becomes your reality.
All that we are,is a result of what we put our thoughts on.
No life ever grows great,until it is focused,disciplined and dedicated.
“God will keep in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on him”
What is that one thing you desire?keep your focus on it and you will achieve it.
- Write it down
- Give quality time to your goals
- Avoid distractions
“ But when you pray, go to your room, shut the door, and pray to your Father who is present in that secret place. Your Father who sees what you do in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:6
When ever i want to have my devotion,i put off my phone and shut my mind from anything else,so i can focus on God alone.This is the same attitude you must put up in life,if you are going to achieve your dreams.
“The first rule of focus is this, where ever you are,be there”
If you must achieve anything daily,you must cut yourself off from some people,turn off your phone,put off your television,put off your chat browser.Choose an environment that will encourage your focus. Create the right atmosphere for work,choose the best time,especially when everyone has gone to bed and is sleeping.
The attitude you give to your devotions,would affect your life,either positively or negatively.
- Calm your Mind
One of the biggest distractions are the thoughts racing through our minds,when we are trying to get something done.Don’t listen to them,take charge and redirect your mind to the job at hand.
The environment you choose to work in affects your success,i most times like to work in a quiet environment with some beautiful slow music,i work better in such environment.
Good music helps you to concentrate and work better.
Another way to calm your mind is meditating on the right things,put your mind on things that are good and positive;
“whatever is true,whatever is noble,whatever is right,whatever is pure,whatever is lovely,whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
Another way to calm your mind is to Pray;
“Do not be anxious about anything,but in everything,by prayer and and petition,with thanksgiving,present your request to God.”Philippians 4:6
The prayer of thanksgiving produces results beyond your imagination.
“For physical training is of some value” 1Timothy 4:8a
Get that value you get from Exercise.It will profit you here and it will keep you healthy and strong so you can achieve your goals.
“We are what we think,we become what we focus our eyes on,our thoughts and desires and habits,we either ascend to the full divine dignity of our nature or we descend to suffer and learn.” J. Todd Ferrier
Doubt is one of the things that breaks our focus,fear is the mother of doubts and the bible makes it clear,that a man who doubts will not receive anything from God ,James 1:6.
When we doubt we move out of position,like having a dislocation,and can’t receive,because you already doubted.
The bible says believe,hold on,keep your focus,don’t allow the waves of the sea make you loose focus.
When peter lost focus,when you took his eyes off Jesus and put it on the boisterous wind,he began to sink.
when we focus we can do and see the supernatural.Matthew 14:27-31.