These can be mind-boggling questions to answer particularly if you find yourself doing everything you know to do yet you’re bumping up against the same thing over and over again. Frustration kicks in and you probably kick yourself in the rear and want to give up.
The most important thing in succeeding is knowing what you want and how to go about getting it.
One of the ways to identify what you want is to know your vision and purpose and then “focus” on the right things to get you there.
Let me repeat that, you must “focus” on the right things to get you there.
Let’s chat about focus for a bit.
Focus by definition means: A central point, as of attraction, attention or activity. So, we must find a central point of attention to what we want in order to attract the result we want. Lack of focus creates a lack of results.
Lately, focus for most people has been about trying to figure out how to do what they love or like doing while haphazardly doing the important and necessary things, and getting overwhelmed by anything else. I call that living in “hope”. They hope that if they just do what they love or like and do some of the other things when they can, life will turn out.
The wakeup call is this: Doing what you like to do may be a good thing and feel good temporarily, however in the absence of taking actions that will surely realize your vision, you are doomed to fail.
You must have a central point of attention on the right things. There are four things you must focus on to be successful in life, business and relationships.
Vision Is Always A Must – What is your vision for your life, business and relationship? You must answer that question so that a foundation forms for the future of your life, business or relationship. For example, the vision for my marriage was and is a forever-lasting partnership with friendship, love and passion as the order of the day! You too, must have vision be your foundation for your life. You must have extreme clarity of what you want and a clear picture of it. Place your attention and focus on your vision.
Goals Within Your Vision – You must have goals and milestones set within your vision. What goals are you to achieve and by when will you achieve them? Short and long-term goals and milestones set the stage for what you must do and when you must do it. Focus your attention on your goals and milestones to achieve success.
A Plan of Action To Achieve The Goal – A well thought out strategic plan will get you where you want to be.
For example: If you are a service provider business owner with services costing $2500 and you have a goal to increase your revenue by 50k within 30 days, a sample plan would be: I’ll see 25 prospects per week to achieve 5 clients per week. I’ll spend 8 hours per week converting potentials into clients. I will spend 10 hours per week delivering the service and fulfilling the needs of clients.
The plan must be clean, clear and concise. If you aren’t sure about what to do, you most likely won’t achieve the goals.
Focus on clear, clean and concise actions.
Execution: Consistent, persistent, unwavering, unmovable action. You must execute your plan with resilience. You must dedicate scheduled time to execute the plan. No successful person became that way without executing their well thought out plan.
My marriage is what it is because we planned it to be and we work at it! What are your next actions to achieve success?
These are all proven steps however there are always areas of caution, so I’ve identified a few pitfalls that most people fall into. Take note and be on the lookout for these as well.
Distraction – Something happens and you forget about your vision and what you want or you movie it to the back burner. I call these life seductions. Everything is moving right along and something unexpected happens, then all of a sudden, your vision, your goal and your plan are a distant memory. You must have resilience in executing your vision, plan and achieving your goal.
Don’t let life seduce you! Call on me to help you before the distractions come. You must be armed for life’s surprises. You will have to face them head on and I can help you deal with them in advance.
Lack of Clarity – You may have an idea of what you want, but it’s not really clear nor are the actions necessary to get you what you want.
If you’re not clear, neither will your results! Let me help you with clarity.
No Road Map– You haven’t taken the time to design the layout of what it takes to achieve what you want. Think about it, if you don’t have directions to a new city, how will you get there? If there’s no road map, you surely will not get to where you want to go.
Let me help you design a blueprint and road map for success.
Remember the single most important thing in winning the game of life, business and relationships is “focus”.
The question is: Where are you putting your attention?
Lisa Thomas is an Expert Success and Leadership Coach and Visionary For Women Featured on NBC’s My Carolina Today, NBC’s Charlotte Today, NPR Affiliates, Dr. Pat Show, Conscious Talk Radio, World Pudja Network and Fox 8 News. Visit the website at http://www.TheP3Group.com and take full advantage of her complimentary P3 Power Assessment Session!
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