We all want to be successful at what we do. We want to get the maximum results in the less amount of time. On top of that, we desire quality that is next to none and a system that can be duplicated in our sleep. Why is it that most people do not cultivate that kind of concentration?
The answer to this question seems very easy these days. We have more to do than ever before. We experience more distractions than we care to acknowledge. In the meantime, we are scratching our heads wondering, “Where did the hours, days, weeks, months, and years ago?” Because year after year, we remain in the same spot with little to show for it.
To accomplish anything of significance and to be effective at what we do, we need to cultivate a focus that is second to none. As John C. Maxwell states, “the keys are priorities and concentration. A leader who knows his priorities but lacks concentration knows what to do but never gets it done. If he has concentration but no priorities, he has excellence without progress. But when he harnesses both, he has the potential to achieve great things.”
The question is how can we sharpen our focus? How should we use our time and energy to maximize the desired results? Here are a few tips.
- Focus 70% on what you do well. We can get stuck on the things we do wrong. We are essentially negative people, because our brain prioritizes our experiences through a survival lens. We remember the negative experiences more than the positive experiences. And if we don’t deliberately take notice at what we do well, we may neglect to see the value of what we can accomplish. To be successful, we must focus on our strengths and dedicate our time, energy, and resources to become the best at it.
- Focus 25% on upgrading your strategy. To keep improving on our strength, we have to grow along with change. Change is the one thing that is constant in this world that we live in. So, if we decide not to keep growing, we will be left behind. As a result, it is imperative that we keep improving on the areas of our strength and remain competitive in the marketplace.
- Focus 5% on weaknesses. This is the area we usually allow to swallow most of our time. No more. Although we cannot avoid our weaknesses altogether, we can delegate it. Consider delegating work that you do not do so well or do not have time to do. Write the numbers down and see if delegating will allow you to be more productive in areas of strengths.
What we focus on expand. When we focus on our weaknesses, we get more of the same. When we focus on our strengths, we can only get better. So why not concentrate our efforts on getting better. That is why we must upgrade continuously. We must sharpen our focus by working on becoming better, prioritizing our goals, focusing on things that we do well, and seeking out the people who can significantly shorten your learning curve.