I believe a critical key to becoming successful at anything is singleness of focus. Now, I realize that singleness of focus, like anything else, can be taken to an extreme; like when you refuse to acknowledge anything in life other than what you’re dealing with.
What I’m talking about here is not letting yourself become easily distracted or let yourself go chasing after rabbits in every direction.
What do I mean by chasing rabbits? I’m glad you asked. Anyone who has ever clicked on a link in a newsletter, and found themselves on a webpage where a couple dozen other articles, links and offers are presented, knows exactly what I’m talking about.
From that point you find yourself following one link after another. Reading this ad or that article up until the next link and then you chase another rabbit. After a while you forget what you set out to do, and end up somewhere totally different.
Now, there is nothing wrong with noticing other things while studying or researching a topic. What you need to do is keep a pen and paper handy, and when you see something that interests you write down the link or URL, and leave that rabbit alone until later.
Now this doesn’t just happen in the cyber world, it happens in the non-digital world as well. I’ll give you a perfect example and see how many of you don’t experience this at home.
Have you ever started cleaning your kitchen, and a short time later found yourself cleaning the bedroom? Of course the kitchen is still a mess, but for some reason you ended up somewhere else.
What happened was you chased a rabbit out of the kitchen into the bedroom. How you ask? Let me tell you. You picked up a finger nail clipper or some other object off the kitchen counter or table that you or someone else set there earlier. Now, since you’re cleaning the kitchen, and you know this item doesn’t belong there, you bring it to its proper home.
Of course while you bring that item home, you notice the dirty laundry draped over the chair or at the end of the bed. So, you pick up those items and deal with them.
Now if you don’t see an item that belongs in the kitchen, there is a chance that you will continue cleaning the bedroom unless you chase a rabbit back into the kitchen or another room.
So it goes on and on. And if you think about it, you can see how this can be applied to any area of your life. The main problem is a lack of focus, and a lack of commitment to accomplish what we set out to do.
Now, I don’t care what it is you want to accomplish in life, what goals you’re shooting for or what level of success you desire to reach; without focus and commitment you will be hard pressed to accomplish much of anything.
So what can I do about it, you ask? You probably already know the answer, but I’m going to say it anyway; make lists, set goals, follow through.
As far as setting goals, there is not near enough space to totally deal with that issue here and now. If you are uncertain about how to set goals, there are many books and audio programs on the internet that can help; some are even free.
As far as making lists and following through, that is a bit simpler. What I do is take a white board, and section it into days of the week. Then I write down the items I wish to accomplish on my white board for each day of the week.
Sometimes I will prioritize them if I’m worried I won’t be able to accomplish them all, other times I just make bullet points and just go down the list.
Now, as will always happen, something will come up. A rabbit might jump up and beg you to chase it; DON’T DO IT!!! Keep a notebook handy, and when that rabbit jumps up, write down which direction it went in, what was so interesting about it, etc. and leave that rabbit alone until you have accomplished those things that have been prioritized on your list.
You might even add, chasing rabbits to the bottom of your list, or the number one priority for the next day.
If you’re cleaning the kitchen, stay in the kitchen until you’re done. If you must bring something into another room tell yourself, I will not look for the rabbits in here, and get back to the kitchen.
If you’re studying something or reading an article on a website and a rabbit jumps up, just write it down and keep going with what you’re doing.
If you really desire to become successful in life, you must learn to prioritize, follow through and focus, focus, focus.
Do you have problems with chasing rabbits?
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