Alexander Graham Bell wrote: “concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to focus.”
What Should we Focus on?
Certain facts of life are commonplace. We go about our daily businesses in seeming oblivion and contempt of these facts. making their constant resuscitation in our minds a necessity.
One of such fact is that we all have limited time to spend on earth. Every area to explore and every problem to tackle are vast and extensive. To the extent that decades or in some cases a life time is barely enough to stretch their boundaries. Leaving us to the best bet of focusing our energies to one or a few fields to delve.
Napoleon Hill captured it even better when he wrote that,
“Until a man selects a definite purpose in life he dissipates his energies and spreads his thoughts over so many subjects and in so many directions that they lead not to power, but to indecision and weakness.”
There is so much we can take on from the pool of our world’s available offerings. The next question boils down to what areas to explore and what problems to tackle.
The stories and lives of successful people are replete with lessons in this wise. These stories all point to the existence of a sweet spot between the work you enjoy, your skills, and society’s needs. That sweet spot is where your best work or business lies. It is the work or business to which you’re most suited and will bring out the best in you.
In other words, we’re most likely to hit upon success if we focus on this key thing. That is to develop our skills and talents around work that we’re enthusiastic about. The kind of work that solves a bigger problem in our society. The bigger the problem, the better.
The irony though, is that finding work you love is easier said than done. it takes years of mentorship, study, observation, using your imagination, and lots of trial and error to at the end hit on something closer to your life’s work. Robert Greene did an impressive work on the subject in his book; mastery. It’s well worth a read.
Researches, too numerous to mention, indicate that goal-setting increases achievement and that people who set goals are more successful than those who don’t. It follows, therefore that you should always set goals for the attainment of every milestone associated with what you decide to pursue as your life’s work.
At all times, set only those goals that align with your life’s work. Goals that push you closer to your “definite chief aim.” To borrow the phrase coined by Napoleon Hill in the law of success. As it turns out in most cases, all else are temporary distractions that only increase the length of time it takes you to reach your full potential in the work that matters most to you.
How Do You Harness Your Creative Energies With Focus?
Creativity sets you and your work apart from those of the competition. It gives your work the needed edge to gain visibility, credibility, and superiority in the eyes of your customers. Which all add up to big and long-lasting profits. Isn’t that what we all crave as entrepreneurs and small business owners?
Harness the power of your imagination
Getting your creative juices up and running begins with the effective use of the imagination. Imagination helps to focus your entire attention on your goals and other details of your life’s task.
Imagining the future possibilities and eventualities for your business stimulates the networks of attention in the brain. This helps the brain to map out the path to attainment of the goal in the subconscious. The brain in turn helps you figure out how to achieve those goals.
To harness the power of your imagination, adopt meditation as a daily habit
Constant meditation enables us to gain more focus and concentration.
Unless we are able to focus our attention on the things that matter the most. It will become almost impossible to reach our personal goals. In which case, succeeding at anything and becoming innovative will be a far cry.
Our senses of hearing, sight, smell, taste and touch are always running wild. Pulling us away from our goals to random places. This poses the greatest challenge to our ability to focus. Not until we tame and control the direction to which these senses pull us, we’ll dispatch our limited energy chasing random objects. Forgetting that the attainment of any one of this objects requires sustained energy and focus. As a result, success will forever eludes us.
There can only be one thing you want to do, have, or become at any instant. Your task is to adopt the combination of mindfulness and strategic thinking. Using them both to unearth the nuances and subtleties of your objectives. The strategic thinking part of the equation helps you draw up a plan of action to reach your goals.
Likewise, successful entrepreneurs use their imagination to aid their creativity and design thinking. In the same vein, they adopt meditation more like a routine to help them gain clarity in their businesses. Legendary apple co-founder, Steve Jobs is a case in point. Jobs pioneered a form of “mind technology” known as the Zen mindfulness meditation. The exercise helped him reduce stress, gain more clarity, and enhance his creativity. In Walter Isaacson’s Biography, Jobs said,
“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things–that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before.”
Focus entails stripping our lives, careers and businesses of all kinds of distractions. These distractions could be:
Snap money-making schemes;
Work that does not contribute to the bottom line and does not improve our core business in any way;
Work that are is not part of those things we’re good at or care about to a profound level; and
Ideas and/or work that fails to address a specific need in the society.
Focus, among other things, gives us the clarity and concentration to pursue growth in key areas of our lives and businesses.
Use the comment section below to tell us one thing you’ve been able to achieve over the past few months after focusing and devoting your attention to it. If you’ve not been able to harness the power of concentration, we’ll love to know one area of your life you wish to improve with it.