The Power of Focus: Identifying the “Most Important Actions”
Do you ever wonder why some people are successful while other’s are not? Or why some people seem fulfilled while other’s constantly look for something new to make them happy?
I wonder about these things often, and no- I am not going to pretend I have the answer to either question…. but in working on my activity for Day 2 of the 15 Day Challenge by fellow blogger Natalie Sission, I was reminded of the power of focus.
As you may know, this January I am participating in a 15 Day Challenge to try to get more focus on the direction I want my blogs/online businesses to go.
Day 2’s challenge (yes, I am a few day’s late 🙂 ) was to identify our “most important actions” (MIA) for each day. Sounds simple enough, until you consider that you can only have 1-3 MIA’s per day. As a recovering overcommitter and “to-do” list addict, this is a hard thing for me to do. However, I have come to accept that it is the most essential step because it provides focus so you can actually move forward with the given task.
How many people do you know who set outrageous goals and dreams only to repeat the process 365 days later? Without clear focus, we spread ourselves too thin and accomplish very little.
When I began this blogging journey in 2013 I barely knew what a blog was and my ideas are continuously evolving. The main thing I am trying to sort out this year is what I want the future of this blog and my coaching business to look like VS. what the future of Fit. City. Chic. looks like. They are both “fitness” related, so I am working to identify the “end goal” of each.
My most important action for this 15 day challenge is to identify the differences between the 2 blogs I am working on. My MIA for this challenge is to take time each day to consider the “end goal” of all of my projects. I will consult with my business mentor(s) and other people I trust until I find my answer.
If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else. Yogi Berra
3 Tips for Staying Focused on Any Goal
1. Keep it simple. Pick only one, easy to execute thing to tackle at a time. This will help keep you from becoming overwhelmed and giving up.
2. Do the MIA (most important action) as early in the day as possible. Willpower deteriorates as the day goes on.
3. Find a mentor. Why waste time? Someone, somewhere has figured it out and can help you avoid the pitfalls.
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