How To Be More Focused Here’s What You Need To Know

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Anyone can come up with a goal, but not everyone has the ability to achieve it. For that to happen, you need to take action first. Goals are not like dreams or prayers. You cannot just close your eyes and wish for it to happen. You have to do something.

But of course, it does not end there. Certainly, taking the first step toward reaching your goal is the most crucial but it is not the only thing you have to do. There are a lot more steps to take and work hard on, and for that, you need to be focused.

You need to learn how to ignore distraction. Perhaps in a perfect world, no person would have to be subjected to distraction when trying to accomplish a goal. But this is reality, and distraction comes in all shapes and sizes.

Sometimes, distraction comes from within. This is the worst obstacle of all because how do you ignore something that lives inside your mind or heart?

This is when motivation kicks in.  As the old adage goes, when the going gets tough, the going gets tougher.

  • – Goals are like a destination that you have to reach.
  • – Taking action is what gives you direction toward your goal.
  • – Staying focused ensures that you are always on the right path.
  • – And lastly, motivation is what makes sure that you will do anything and everything to reach the end of the path, arrive at your destination, and achieve your goal.

This is a never-ending and rather flexible cycle. At times, you will need to motivate yourself in order to take action. Other times, you need to take action to stay focused.

What matters is that you are taking all the positive steps toward reaching your goal.

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Tips for Taking Action

Just do it.

  • The first step is always the hardest.
  • Your mind will come up with all sorts of scenarios to prevent you from taking that scary first step toward your goal.
  • That does not mean you are a coward, though.
  • It is just your brain’s way of defending yourself.
  • Sometimes, you have to listen to what your heart has to say and just do it.
  • Everything else will be a lot easier once you get past the first hurdle – and that is to ignore your brain’s dire warnings and go with your gut instinct.

Doing something is not always a physical thing.

  • It is understandable if you mistook the need for taking action as doing something literally or physically.
  • Yet you see, there are many other ways for you to take action without even lifting a finger.
  • For that matter, consider the act of planning.
  • It is never wise to try achieving a goal without a plan.
  • If you want to spend the least amount of time and effort in achieving your goal, then you need to come up with a step-by-step plan for accomplishing it.
  • A good plan takes into account all potential consequences as well as all the possible avenues you may take in order to reach your objective.

Breathing helps.

  • Are you feeling nervous or nauseous?
  • It is normal to feel uneasy about doing anything to reach your goal.
  • Taking action is often synonymous to taking risks.
  • You are nervous because you know that risks can either end with success or failure, and who wants to end up failing?
  • Whenever you feel like there is a panic attack coming in, just take a deep breath.
  • Better yet, take several deep breaths.
  • Studies show how breathing can effectively clear the mind and help calm your nerves.
  • So go ahead and breathe – inhale all the way from your stomach to take full advantage 🙂

Take baby steps.

  • Do not push yourself to achieve the same things with the same amount of time and resources the way other people had done.
  • In the end, you have to remind yourself that every person is unique and, consequently, his/her own set of strengths and weaknesses.
  • Also, it could be that you are just starting out and the other person you are comparing yourself to is years ahead of you in terms of expertise and experience.
  • The other person cannot afford to take baby steps, but you can and you should 🙂
  • If you rush things too much, everything may end up backfiring on you.

Rome wasn’t built in a day.

  • It is good to have a plan for everything, but you do not have to accomplish everything in a single day.
  • Even if you have the energy to do so, the people around you and who also have something at stake in reaching your shared goals may not have the time and similar energy to do so.
  • Give them a break.
  • If all of you have truly worked hard, then all you deserve to rest.
  • There is always tomorrow to think about.

Do not pressure yourself.

  • Pressuring yourself is different from motivating yourself.
  • Motivating yourself will get you to take action while pressuring yourself will only succeed in freezing your limbs and brain cells into a state of inaction.
  • There are sure to be other people and other sources you will receive a lot of flak and pressure about getting things done.
  • Why burden yourself with more pressure when you can give yourself a pep talk instead?

Believe in yourself.

  • Taking action requires you to have faith in yourself – especially when everyone around you is telling you that you cannot do it.
  • In the end, you have to remember that you know yourself best.
  • You know what you are capable of, and if you believe that the goal you have in mind is well within your reach, then it truly is – no matter what others may say.

It is okay to start again.

  • What if there comes a point in time that you realize that the first step you took was actually the wrong one? Or what if you suddenly realize that what you are doing is not taking you toward your goal but away from it?
  • Do you just sit down and cry over spilled milk?
  • If so, that is not equivalent to taking action.
  • You may be doing something, but it is nothing that can help you achieve your goal.
  • If you realize that something is wrong, then clear your mind and retrace your steps until you find out that critical mistake you committed.
  • Correct it and move on.
  • If you have to, start from scratch – the sooner, the better 🙂

Never stop trying!

  • Taking action also means that you have to get back to your feet if you stumble or fall.
  • It is even okay if you have to start all over again.
  • In the end, what is critical is that you do not let your failures keep you from continuously taking action and moving forward.
  • So go ahead and pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and learn from your mistakes.
  • You will be a better and stronger person for doing this 😉

Have a backup plan.

  • Plans – just like rules – are meant to be broken. And you need to be prepared for that eventuality right from the start by having a contingency or back-up plan ready.
  • Others may feel that backup plans are akin to admitting failure.
  • It is not.
  • Rather, backup plans are actually a mere way of acknowledging the fact that change is the only thing that is constant in the world.
  • There is no way for you to predict what is going to happen in the next minute, but you can try to prepare for things that could happen.
  • Think of it as smoothing the way to taking action toward achieving your goal.

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Tips for Staying Focused

Make a checklist.

  • Checklists show you where you are, how much you have progressed, and what still needs to be done in order to achieve your goal.
  • Even if you suddenly fall sick and have to leave the office for a week, the moment you get back your all-important checklist will be enough to bring you up to speed.

Set a schedule.

  • The quickest way to reaching your goal is to create a schedule for it – and stick to it.
  • How many hours each day can you truly set aside for reaching your goal?
  • What part of the day is the best time to work on reaching your goal?
  • A schedule also means having a specific place for you to do your work.
  • Choose something that will benefit the kind of work that you are doing and the kind of person you are.
  • Will something peaceful and quiet work more for you or do you prefer to be working outdoors and surrounded by sounds of nature?

Make it a habit.

  • It is not enough, of course, to simply make a schedule.
  • After all, creating one is easy – it is the “doing” part that is difficult.
  • To make it easier for you to keep to your schedule, you have to turn it into a habit.
  • Treat it as an integral part of your day that you absolutely cannot miss.
  • Your body does not automatically search for caffeine in the morning just because it wants to.
  • It was trained to do so by repetitive action, strengthened by your own desire for a delicious cup of coffee.
  • Your mind also does not look for its daily fix of quiz shows in the evenings for no reason.
  • It was trained to do so as well.
  • So why can’t you train yourself to make your goal achievement schedule a part of your daily routine as well?

No excuses!

  • It is critical that you do not allow yourself any excuses.
  • If you do, then the excuses will never stop.
  • Your body has a “giving in” muscle and every time you give in, it gets more powerful.
  • Before you know it, that muscle has been flexed so much that it is impossible to ignore.
  • It is critical that you do not allow yourself any excuses.
  • If you do, then the excuses will never stop.

If you really have to, then it is okay to negotiate the terms – but do keep your word.

  • There are times when no matter how hard you try, you just cannot find the energy to do the work. Or perhaps you are too occupied or excited by something else that your focus on achieving your goal is absolutely ruined.
  • At times like this, there really is no other option left but to “negotiate” the terms of your schedule.
  • If you are supposed to work four hours today yet you can only work three, then work an extra hour tomorrow or the day after.
  • It is important to specify the date for your negotiated term and of course to keep your word to yourself.
  • This, however, is one thing that you absolutely must not make a habit of.

Eliminate distraction.

  • Distraction is your focus’ greatest enemy.
  • Like temptation, it is insidious and will find all sorts of ways to mess with your concentration.
  • Before you even start working, you should start by eliminating all possible sources of distraction.
  • Distraction can also be internal.
  • These are those niggling doubts and worries that do nothing to help you reach your goal.
  • You need to practice pushing them to the back of your mind.
  • Keep practicing and they soon won’t be a bother at all 🙂

Enjoy what you are doing.

  • Find a way to make the process of achieving your goal enjoyable.
  • Sometimes, it only takes a change of scenery.
  • Other times, you just have to find the right angle to look at your situation.
  • When you are doing something you love, such as baking, reading, or dancing, then you absolutely have no problems concentrating, don’t you?
  • But if you are being forced to do something you hate, then only with the greatest effort are you able to keep yourself focused on your work.

 

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Conclusion

At the end of the day, there is one final thought that you should remind yourself of when contemplating your next step: The only difference between a person who succeeded and a person who failed is that one of them stopped trying.

 

 

 

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