Using the Power of Focus to Get What You Want.
BY CHRIS SAVAGE
What Is the Power of Focus?
Powerful focus means using your mind to get what you want.
You maintain focus on a task until it's complete, to the exclusion of everything else.
When you apply the power of focus in your life you can achieve more in a shorter amount of time.
You start with a task or goal and apply unwavering self-discipline to its completion.
Anything not related to the accomplishment of the task gets put to the side until you finish what you set out to do.
Why Is Focus Important?
Without focus, you don’t get much done. And if you do it's mediocre at best.
Most people think they’re focusing when they work but they're not.
In reality, their concentration is weak, they're distracted, and their results are ineffective.
Powerful focus is the opposite. Your concentration is so intense it becomes like a laser beam.
This post is about how to apply the power of focus in your own life.
Do you want to be more efficient, get more done, and achieve your goals faster? Keep reading.
How to Use Your Focus to Get What You Want
1. Follow Through on Your Word
When you say you’re going to do something, do it.
Taking positive action towards your goals reaffirms your focus and commitment to them.
Also, when people see you’re reliable and focused they’ll want to work with you, and even help you get what you want.
Following through reinforces your focus and commitment to your goals.
2. Be Relentlessly Consistent
They say it takes 20 years to become an overnight success.
If you quit at the first sign of difficulty how committed were you to begin with?
Inconsistency leads to failure.
If you never stick with anything long enough to see a successful outcome, you'll never get what you want.
The more committed and consistent you are the more powerful your focus will be.
3. Ask for What You Want
You won’t get what you want if you’re not willing to ask for it.
The power of focus means you know exactly what you want and you'll do what it takes to get it.
That includes asking whoever you need to ask (politely and assertively) for whatever you might need.
What does asking for what you want to have to do with using the power of focus?
Because it reconfirms that you're serious about your goal.
If you weren't focused you wouldn't bother asking.
Try it, you’ll be amazed at how often you get what you ask for, and even more.
4. Get Your Mind and Body in Shape
Your mind and your body are two parts of the same system.
When your body is in good shape your mind operates at a higher frequency.
When you're unhealthy your mind doesn't function at its optimal level.
Your focus will be weak and ineffective.
Being healthy and robust turbocharges your mental capabilities.
Your focus has more power and you're able to achieve things more easily.
5. Do Something for Yourself Each Day
Rewarding yourself for hard work recharges your ability to focus.
When you feel good about yourself you tend to do a lot better.
It could be a daily workout or a long massage.
Whatever it is, treat yourself, but only if you’ve earned it.
I live on a tropical island. In every direction, there are beautiful beaches, cafes, bars, and people.
But I will not go and lay on that beautiful beach until I’ve completed the work I set out to do on that day.
My goal for today is to write and publish this post, and until it’s done I won’t go out.
If I went to the beach now, I wouldn't be able to fully enjoy it.
My conscience would bother me about not finishing my work, and breaking my own rule.
When you apply this type of mindset you train your mind to be more disciplined and focused.
Discipline and focus are the keys to success in anything you want to do, so develop them as best you can.
6. Write Down Your Goals Every Day
Anthony Robbins says “repetition is the mother of skill”.
Writing your goals down once then forgetting about them will get you nowhere.
Write your goals down every day.
The best time I've found is in the morning, but even better is morning and night.
The habit of writing your goals helps you to focus on what’s important and exclude everything else.
I’ve had days where I’ve woken up feeling lazy and unproductive.
But as I write down my goals in my notebook something inside me comes to life.
I have a renewed sense of clarity and determination.
The process of writing your goals will change your day, and in time, your life.
That's the power of focus.
7. Take Time Out
Like a muscle, your mind tires after prolonged periods of intense use.
Even elite athletes don't train every single day.
When they train, they train. Then the rest.
They know the rest period is as important as their training.
Without it, they can't improve their skills and become better at what they do.
The same goes for your mind. If you don't take some time out to reset yourself you feel burnt out and your focus dwindles.
Taking short breaks throughout the day.
Take one day a week to turn off your phone and do something unrelated to what you've been focusing on.
When you come back you'll have a renewed sense of focus and motivation.
What images come to mind when you think about your goals?
Are they bright or dim? Moving or still? Large or small?
The way you see your goals determines the emotional intensity you feel about them.
See your goals in as much mental detail as you can.
Get to a level of visualization where you see your goal in such detail it elicits an emotional response.
I’ve had visualization sessions where the imagry was so real, and the desire so strong, It brought tears to my eyes.
Having that degree of clarity gives you a level of focus and commitment most people will never have.
9. Achieve One Goal at a Time
Your focus is most powerful when you lock onto one thing, and use all your resources to accomplish it.
Instead of trying to do five things at once, choose one and go all in.
Once you’ve completed the first one, move on to the second.
When your mind is being pulled in different directions you don’t get anything done.
Or if you do it’s at a lower standard than if you’d focused all your attention on one thing at a time.
The whole purpose of applying powerful focus is to get the best result for the outcome you’ve set for yourself.
To do that, focus your brainpower on one thing at a time.
10. Set a Productive Routine
Time and energy are your most important assets, and a productive routine saves you both.
A productive routine lets you channel your focus towards your goals.
Your routine should revolve around self-improvement.
Making yourself into the best you can be, and turning your life into a masterpiece.
Your productive routine should include;
Mental stimulation (books, documentaries, courses)
11. Declutter Your Life
Most people spend most of their time doing things that don’t matter.
For every goal you have, there will be ten things to distract you from it.
Successful people can ignore the noise and focus on what matters.
Think about yourself. What are you keeping in your life that no longer serves your best interests?
What distractions are you faced with that are keeping you from having the type of life you want?
Remove those distractions from your life and the power of your focus intensifies.
As your ability to focus increases so do your chances of success.
12. Act Like You Already Have What You Want
If you already had what you want how would you be walking, talking, and living in the world?
Why can’t you act like that now?
Don’t wait until you've accomplished something before you allow yourself to feel good.
Feel good now, while you're accomplishing.
Our actions reflect our self-identity, so act like the type of person you want to be, and do what you want to do.
The power of focus starts in your mind, and you can influence your mind by using the strategies set out here.
With the power of focus and persistence, you can achieve great things, but you have to be willing to work for it.
A person who can do that will be able to have what they want.
Stay focused & Keep winning!
Quotes About the Power of Focus
“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days” - Zig Ziglar
“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate, and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed” - Paulo Coelho
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light” - Aristotle Onassis
“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus” - Alexander Graham Bell
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit” - Will Durant