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deficient in the mental substance it takes to persevere and overcome. Clarity is the missingingredient.
Q: How can people learn to become more focused?
Focus is not something that comes naturally for most people. It’s a skill that must be learned,
polished and practiced. Focus is a thinking skill acquired as a result of mental discipline. Todevelop mental discipline concerning focus, you need to treat it the same way you would acquireany other skill. Since distraction is the opposite of focus, your ability to focus is directly related
to how well you’re able to consistently avoid and eliminate distractions. Become aware of your
need to improve your focus, and make a conscious decision to invest the time to improve yourskills with practice and training. Become acutely aware of distractions and avoid them. Be moreintimately aware of the activities
—tied to your life’s vision—
for which you need to allocatemost of your time and effort. Your ability to achieve objectives within established time frameswill greatly increase as your skills of focus increase. And with fewer distractions, you will beable to get more done because you will have achieved more effective use of your time.
Q: Say my vision is established and my focus is steadily improving, what’s the next step to
accelerate toward achieving my vision?
Clarity and focus together form the basis of execution. Though all three are important, the mostsignificant is execution because execution is about doing. Clarity and focus provide a road mapand form the basis for doing what you need to do, but execution is about actually doing it, andthis is where you will spend the bulk of your time.
Regardless of your role or vision, you then need others’ assistance and cooperation to besuccessful, and your ability to persuade has a lot to do with others’ willingness not only to assist
you, but also to exceed expectations. When you can persuade others to exceed expectations, youtake execution to a higher level and really move the results needle. The most successful peoplecan effectively convince and persuade other people to take action on their behalf. They do it byknowing what they want to say and how they want to say it. Then they can say it in a way thatimpacts others and spurs them to take action.
Q: What’s the greatest obstacle people face in turning their vision into reality?
One habit that has more impact on delaying results than anything else is procrastination. We areall guilty of procrastination to some extent. There are two kinds:
This is when you legitimately need some mental percolationtime to gather your thoughts and get clear on what you need to do.
This is based on some pretty fl imsy excuses to avoid doingsomething, which will ultimately affect your results in negative ways.Procrastination is a bad habit that greatly restricts results and effectiveness, but it can becontrolled. The first step is to identify the reasons behind it, then make the commitment to movetoward production, the opposite of procrastination. Production is the completion of tasks and