One of the things that challenges me most in working with clients is when they ask for the magic bullet. My answer? There is no one thing that you can do to be successful in today’s world, in whatever area you want success in, whether we’re talking work, home, school or relationships. It’s a combination of many things working together, usually in the right timing, with the right supports around and openness to adjustments made as necessary. I know, that’s not the answer anyone wants to hear, but it’s the truth. A Facebook page isn’t all you need, a new partner won’t be your salvation, a new job won’t bring you endless happiness, and one person won’t make you. All of these things and more work together to help you get to success.
But there is something that will give you a leg up when it comes to success: what you focus on. If you’re trying to do everything all at once you’ll find it much more difficult to really be successful. But when you take the time to really give your attention where it’s needed, take focused action to work towards specific goals, and work on one thing at a time you’re usually able to put out a better result in a shorter time. Yes, sometimes we do need to pause an action or project as we wait for results or someone else to do the next step, and sometimes we do need to take a break; we can’t live laser focused lives all the time and enjoy life to the fullest.
This week as you look at your probably very long to-do list I encourage you to highlight things that you need to do, that can’t be put off or given to someone else and take focused action on completing them.
“Success has less to do with hard work and more to do with massive focus on your few best opportunities.” Robin Sharma