To become more focused, you have some very tough decisions ahead of you. It’s just as important you decide what not to do, as it is to decide what you’re going to do. The less we do, the greater our odds of success! Our focus will largely determine the level of our success. Filter out everything else that could get in the way and go for it this next year! Here are:
Three Filters For Finding Greater Focus
Filter #1: What do you have the most potential to be really great at?
We can’t be successful at everything. We won’t win if we try to do everything. One of the most common mistakes leaders and organizations make is trying to do too much. We try to be all things to all people. We launch too many programs and too many products, hoping that will impact more people. However, history tells us that the most successful people and organizations have been the most focused. They have focused on doing just a few things well. We can’t be great at everything. We have real potential to be great at one thing!
What do you offer that’s different from everyone else?
What comes more natural for you than most people?
What do you think you do better than almost anyone else?
What are your biggest strengths?
What are you most passionate about?
What is your best competitive advantage?
Filter #2: What Provides The Greatest Return on Investment?
What habits can make the biggest difference?
What one thing, if it got better could make the most difference?
What are your “Fab Five”?
At CourageToLead.com, we talk about the “Fab Five: The five most important things you believe you can be doing that provide the greatest return on investment for your time. The great thing about five priorities is that there are five days in the week, so we can take a chunk of time each workday to focus on one of our five priorities! You could also choose to spend 30 minutes each day on each of the fab five. Using this approach, you could accomplish all of your most important objectives in 2.5 hrs a day! Tell me again why you think working ten to twelve hours a day is better?! The key to focus is time quality not time quantity!
Filter #3: What are the potential distractions? How can I minimize them?
What tends to distract you the most?
What/who tends to get in the way of your focus?
Make a list. Check it twice. Create a plan to minimize those distractions! For me (and probably for you), it’s my smartphone! Therefore, I have set a new goal for the new year: No smartphone in my hand for the first 90 minutes of my day. No emails, texts, or social media. I simply to refuse to respond to the world’s drama before I get most most important thing(s) for the day completed. I will focus on what matters most!
What about you? Are you ready to kickstart your growth? Get focused. Get a coach. Get going!