“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” ~ Mark Twain
Since no one can think for you or live your life the importance of maintaining your focus on your own horizon is essential.
Sometimes people around us are afraid we’ll fail and sometimes they’re afraid we’ll succeed. Either way their dominant focus is based on fear and if you allow that into your world, their focus on fear can influence you too.
For the most part we are surrounded by well meaning people. However, even when they share your goals & dreams their fears can distract you if you allow it and if you are not in charge of your own mind.
With our Book Arb community we are very fortunate to be surrounded by so many powerful leaders who are succeeding & their collective success is a persuasive example for individual success.
Since however, we are each responsible for our own journey, and there are many ways to continuously achieve that, it is possible to become distracted by other’s experiences.
It is vital to help others through your own achievement of success and not at the expense of it. It is easy to get caught up in helping others, especially when you live to serve, but it is vital to remember that you are in charge of your time and the ways in which you spend it. Period.
In the last blog I shared my work flow. In it you can see how important it is to prioritize achieving daily goals in order to achieve overall goals. Then you are in a position to help others. It’s about saying ‘Yes’ to the right things & equally important to say ‘No’ to other things i.e. demands by others.
This balancing act of growing my business & loving helping others is something of an ongoing challenge for me. I love love love to share what I am learning and what is working for me. It is the coach in me.
However, this is where my diluted focus can show up when this is out of harmony.
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself. The other for helping others.” ~ Maya Angelou
Helping myself is as important as helping others. That’s where my learning is.
By focusing on enjoying my own journey and helping others as I go, this allows me to experience my definition of success. Maintaining my balance in this is what brings fulfilment.
Do you lose focus when you don’t know what to do next and therefore procrastinate? Or does it happen because of other’s demands on your time be they family obligations or children? Is it because you have a very active social life?
“Focus on remedies, not faults.” ~ Jack Nicklaus
There is power in identifying where you leak focus because it will be habitual i.e. automatic. You can only change it when you see it.
What one thing could you change today that will help you maintain your focus in a clear way?
Once you are clear on the change you require, consciously create a new habit to combat it. For me, for instance in not answering emails or social media in the mornings, I achieve my goals first. Then I am in a position to help others.
Next, I will discuss the fundamental tasks of this Book Arb business and how best to apply them.