Where there is not sacrifice there is not value.
“If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” ― T.D. Jakes
We live in a vague generational world its now more difficult than ever to stay concentrated on what we really want. Purposeful, clear & often simple thoughts towards your aspirations seem to take up much more energy than they should.
If you cannot maintain the steel-eyed focus, it is likely that you will never achieve your goal or it will it will take twice as long as it really should have. Too many times, things have taken away my focus longer than they should have, due to letting ‘things’ or ‘people’ sidetrack me, or just plain out procrastination.
“To innovate does not necessarily mean to expand; very often it means to simplify.” – M. Russell Ballard
Once you envision where you are going, then you can determine what you need. Let say, I am taking a trip to the North Pole, and I am packing for this trip based off where I am going. Often we would check the weather, the locations, and everything I thought I was going to need I packed in my bag. I did not pack any scandal, swimming shorts, tanks tops etc. because why would need to load down my bag with things I do not need.
Exactly why you need to circumspectly with great precision and tailor your life down to things that are necessary to get you to where you are trying to go. It is up to you to declutter and simplify.
Eight tips on focus:
What is your Passion – Professor Vallerand identified two different types of passion, each having different outcomes—harmonious passion is when people do something because they love it in a controllable and manageable way; and obsession passion is when people have an uncontrollable urge to become involved in an activity, and the outcome might not be as favorable. (Professor Robert J. Vallerand) Which one are you?
Have a clear vision - Have a clear vision of what it is you want to achieve. Once you identify your passion, develop a clear vision on how to get there. If your end goal is somewhat vague, then making decisions on the next step is also going to be unclear.
Value in time - Time is our most valuable asset; pinpoint it to the areas that matter. Identify the modes that produce the best results and give your time to that.
Schedule - Plan time for your goals in your schedule.
Condense your focus - I am as guilty as guilty gets on this. Having too many goals is spread you as thin as butter and creates a lack of focus on your main objective. Focus on the biggest area you want to improve first.
Dust your feet off - We all fall short and lose focus, as soon as you realize this, remember your vision and get back on track.
Accountability - Hold yourself accountable with someone else, this could be a coach, training partner or girlfriend. Let them know your vision and check in with them regularly.
Your Goal – We spend a lot time talking about the goal, but we know it is not about where we trying to go is the problem, but it is WHAT ARE WE WILLING TO LEAVE BEHIND to sacrifice for that goal.
Get started - You know what you have to do.
I only have a few short-term goals right now and everything else becomes secondary. Each day without fail, I have blocked off for purposeful periods to work towards my goals, once they are completed, I allow the noise back in.