Chapter 54

Reach For The Stars...
But Keep Your Head Out Of The Clouds

Today's Empowering Quote

"The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success comes only later."

Today's Empowering Question

"Am I looking too far ahead to focus on the problem at hand?"

Today's Fast Session

OK. Where were we?

Did you notice that?

Most people are thinking way too far ahead (or their head is somewhere else entirely) to focus on what they're supposed to be doing.

If you focus on the thing you should be, you'll do it well and you'll then be able to give the next task your full attention.  Big companies have learned rather painfully that it's not possible to focus on too many things well.

When multi-billion dollar corporations buy other companies outside their field of expertise, even if they're billion dollar organizations, they often drive them into the ground.  They wanted to conquer the world but found out that they better stick to what they know.

Remember the big W on the wall?  You do have that W on your wall, don't you? Well, put an F next to it.

This stands for FOCUS.

A few years ago, I owned two companies at the same time.  One was established but not wildly profitable.  The new one needed all my time, since it was just getting started.  They weren't related at all.  Completely different industries.  Both suffered because they each needed a lot of attention...If I had just focused on my primary goals, I would've been miles ahead.  As it was, it cost me over $30,000 and 6 months of wasted effort.

Learning experience...

For you, use other people's experience to teach you those painful lessons - and notice what happens when you take your eye off the ball, too.  Pay attention.  Learn...

Stephen Covey uses the metaphor of the compass.  It always points true north.  Your internal compass needs to do the same thing.  Operate on principles or those principles will operate on you.  They won't change.  You must change.

Success will come to you...

...if you're patient and if you put your mind on what is most important right now.  I know, you want it now.  Why should you have to work so hard?

Get used to it.  That's life.  We're here, we live and we're gone. You are governed under the same rules as everyone else.

Life is too fleeting to be willy-nilly all over the place.

FOCUS and you will reach your enormous potential.

Today's Winning Beliefs

-- I enjoy staying focused on one thing at a time
-- I'm good at balancing many responsibilities
-- I am relaxed as I focus on my objectives
-- Focus and I are one

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