A 2-Step Formula to Failproof Your Success Goals

Success can be elusive, which has prompted many to conclude that there is no success formula. Sometimes it happens that you know what you want from life. And you know what you want to do. And it’s something that you really love and are good at. Plus, people really need what you have to offer. You have also made your plans and have set your goals by the book. You invested your time and started taking action. But somehow … things still don’t work out.

If this has ever happened to you, you are not alone. I have been in this situation myself, more than once.

So many people say they want to be successful but then their lives do not change. Some success gurus have gone as far as to suggest that the reason people in this situation don’t succeed is because they really do not want success.

formula for successWhy? Because, the gurus argue, to be successful, you have to abandon the level of comfort you are presently living in.  That you could be talking about becoming successful but what you are really saying is that you want to be successful without doing anything about it!

Don’t reject this argument out of hand…

The truth is that in order to be successful, we must first be willing to do whatever it takes. This is what studies and biographies of the most successful people in the world have revealed time and time again.

And it all boils down to this: the only difference between people who begin to move towards success, and those who don’t, is that people who do not succeed do not have the will to do whatever it takes.

What this basically means is that to succeed you must be willing to endure a certain level of pain before achieving your desired goal. That success without commitment is impossible.

What does it mean doing whatever it takes? Here’s a Kobe Bryant quote to show you the level of commitment to success of this American sports icon:

“I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.”  – Kobe Bryant

Here’s someone who obviously had the success mindset – something easy enough to understand: Figure it out what you have to do to get it, and then do just that, whatever it takes.

The 2-Step Success Formula

I know you really want to become successful with your goals in life, whatever the gurus might say. And in this first step of the 2-step formula to fail-proof your success goals, let’s see what you have to do to infuse yourself with will and gusto… so that you can commit to doing whatever it takes.

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”  – Vincent T. Lombardi

Step 1: Understanding What Is Required for Success & Committing to Doing What it Takes

First I want you to understand something really important. I’m sure you have been told that the first step to success is the setting of goals, creating a plan, and getting motivated. But even more important than all of these is learning what is necessary to succeed. This is true whatever your goals are.

Only after you understand what is required for you to succeed can you then judge whether or not you are willing to pay the necessary price.

Going with the Kobe Bryant example, how much are you willing to sacrifice, how much pain, embarrassment, frustration, discouragement are you willing to endure? And are you ready to delay gratification for the short term, in order to live the life of your dreams?

To succeed you must be ready to use pain and pleasure to motivate you. And the first step in this 2 step formula is all about committing to the pain. Doing all it takes means being ready to embrace the pain, real or imagined that may come with getting out of your comfort zone. When we fail to follow-through on our goals it’s usually because we are associating pain to actions which will help us to reach those goals, and this in turn prevents us from taking action.

Affirming that “I’ll do whatever it takes” amounts to a shift in thinking, but mark this carefully: when you say that you’ll do whatever it takes, that nothing will get in your way, you turn the tables on the number one enemy that stops people reaching their goals – and suddenly you have stacked the odds in your favor. Here’s how:

Now you are not so much concerned about how to get there exactly, because that is now a flexible construct. You will figure it out and find a way. You are now more flexible and this simple positive affirmation typically spells the death of any self limiting beliefs you may have had.

The other thing is that now you are dealing with an absolute certainty – that is, “I will succeed.” Success is not in question anymore because you have committed to do whatever is needed to make it a success. This state of mind as you will find is very uplifting and motivating in itself.

The other advantage in committing to “I will do whatever it takes” is that once you adopt this mindset you become more resourceful. Your energy level goes up you will be excited and energetic. This comes from the feeling that you will need the energy.

And lastly when you say to yourself “I’ll do whatever it takes” this opens up all sorts of new possibilities. You begin to get new ideas; you begin to think out of the box and stop being boxed in, and you will be more receptive to looking at areas for help that before just weren’t “on the cards.” All this translates into a new freedom you didn’t have before, as well as an urge to go for it – and to act. You can’t wait to get going (positive momentum) to make the positive changes that came simply with internalizing the idea that you will do whatever it takes!

Step 2: Leveraging the Pain of Failure to Keep You Motivated

“My definition of success is to live your life in a way that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure and very little pain – and because of your lifestyle, have the people around you feel a lot more pleasure than they do pain.”  – Tony Robbins  

Before we continue it is important to note that doing whatever it takes to succeed means a lot more than uttering this simple slogan. At a basic level it means not quitting when times get tough. This sometimes means you will have to endure great discomfort even when you don’t feel like it. If your desire to succeed is not enough, it will be difficult to do whatever it takes, and so, to persevere, follow through, and  do ”whatever it takes” you will require the necessary achievement motivation.

Motivation works best when the pain of failure becomes unbearable. And the evidence of unbearable pain is that you are willing to do whatever it takes to succeed.

It is only when you want success more than anything else that you will start making progress towards your desired goals. You must have compelling reasons that will overpower any doubts you have, push you beyond your comfort zone and trounce your lack of confidence stemming from your past failures. You may have heard it said before, that “You can get anything… if you want it bad enough.” Or, to put it differently,

“You can achieve everything you want, when you control pain and pleasure”

Here’s what Michael Bolduc wrote in “Power of Motivation”, that:

“Your desire for success will only take you so far. It’s the power of pain that will take you over the top. Pleasure is a strong motivator but sometimes it’s not strong enough to help you make the necessary change.”

The pain of loss is the quickest way to motivate you and anytime you have something to lose if you don’t succeed with your goals then you will be compelled to follow through. It is that fear of pain that creates the power of motivation.

In step 2 of this 2-step formula for reaching your success goals we are going to use the fear of losing money (from breaking a promise to yourself) to compel you to act and follow through on your personal objectives. It doesn’t have to be money though, although money is the easiest. It can be anything of value to you and others.

Fear is a very powerful force because typically it is urgent and pressing. Desire (your goals and dreams for instance) inspires you; fear, on the other hand, compels you.

“ In every pain there is tremendous opportunity for overwhelming gain! Use it to your advantage!”  – Brian G. Jett

Let’s co-opt pain and fear to ensure you can follow through on those goals of yours for bettering your life and the lives of your loved ones.

It starts with disturbing your personal level of comfort – by fixing certain painful consequences onto yourself for not following through on your personal commitments. Would the thought of losing $100 today for not meeting your daily goal you’ve set yourself compel you to follow through? I know it would compel me!

Fix a painful price to pay for not following through on your personal goals – a high enough price that will disrupt your comfort zone.

The point however is not to cause too much discomfort because then you might begin to link pain to growth and success. The key with this self motivational scheme is to identify a balance between that pain which has the power to shake you out of your comfort zone and cause you to take action, and that level of pain which can potentially immobilize you.

What we are doing with this scheme is to “use pain to create pleasure.” Here’s a great quote from Brain Tracy

“The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term, is the indispensable prerequisite for success.” – Brian Tracy

At the psychological level, what this trick does is to give you the discipline to delay gratification for your greater goal or dream.

Achievement motivation soars when you can couple an association of pleasure to achievement with an association of unbearable pain to failure. This means you will be willing to do whatever it takes to succeed.

And that, my friend, is the secret to achieving success.

How to implement Step 2

If you have read Top 10 Reasons Why People Don’t Reach their Goals in Life then you know the importance of setting daily goals. And here’s the thing: If you have clear, specific goals that are measurable according to your daily schedule, then the only thing that is going to prevent you from succeeding is a lack of motivation.

To ensure you have sufficient achievement motivation in store so that you can follow through on a daily basis, you will have to set up your daily motivator. Personally I use a financial penalty for not following through.

As I write this I can see that I’m almost clocking 2,000 words I set myself as my daily writing goal. It means my $10 penalty I have set as my daily motivator looks safe for now. Days when I fail to meet this daily writing target (about once in the last 2 months) I give the money to the neighborhood scoundrel, a 19-year-old young man I suspect spends it on marijuana and booze.

Oh, losing the money aside, it’s not an experience I look forward to. The last time I handed him the money on the pretext of asking his assistance so the two of us could clear the driveway for an old lady who lives down the road, he looked at me queerly, as if to suggest I was a lecherous old guy… and he was onto me!

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Top 10 Reasons Why People Don’t Reach Their Goals in Life

If it was simple to reach our goals all New Year’s resolutions would quickly become reality… and we would all be highly successful people. But the sad fact is that most people fail to reach their goals, for all sorts of reasons. In this article I will be looking at 10 reasons why you could be failing to reach your goals… and what you can do to fix the problem – and hopefully succeed at living the life of your dreams!

Our aim at Selfdev.info is not so much to teach you how to be successful, as to help you to follow through on what you already know. I believe that at an intellectual level you already know what it takes to succeed… Now go on,follow through, and reach your goals in life!

How to Reach Goals in Life: Reasons Why You Could Be Failing

Reason No.1: Setting Vague Goals

When you don’t know where you are going, it becomes very hard to get there. Setting out on a journey from one part of town to another you typically know where you are heading, and that determines which direction you take, which roads you follow.

Setting goals to better your life shouldn’t be different. You can set yourself up for failure when you set goals that are unclear. Take losing weight as an example. “I want to lose weight” may sound like a great goal to set for yourself, but if you set this kind of goal, you most likely won’t ever reach it.

This is because it is too general. You could have all the motivation in the world, and the discipline, but it’s like shooting in the dark. A better goal would be to say, “I want to lose 10lbs in the next 45 days.”

How to Set Clear Goals: The fix is to set a goal that is S.M.A.R.T which is short for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and has a Time deadline.

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Reason No.2: Lacking a Higher Purpose

Setting goals is usually the easy part, as we have seen in the losing weight example. But unless you have a higher purpose to aim for, it becomes easy to give up once the initial motivation and excitement wears off. If you’ve failed to live up to a New Year’s resolution (who hasn’t?) then you know what I’m talking about.

You need to understand how your goal is relevant to you in the broader scheme of things. If there is “a greater good” attached to the goal, then the stakes of not following through will be higher. This then allows you to persevere even when the going gets tough.

So, for an example, if your goal is to lose weight, a greater good could be you want to be healthy, to avoid coming down with heart disease or diabetes, because if you came down with heart disease this will stress your family somehow. Maybe you won’t be able to work as effectively as you need, to see your kid through college, or you will have to depend on your children, your parents, or your spouse for health care support, etc.

How to Fix Lack of A Higher Purpose: When you set SMART goals, ask yourself how your goal is relevant to your life, the lives of your significant others, and what you want to achieve in the broader scheme of things. Where you can, couple your desire to a pain, because “pain is always a bigger motivator than pleasure”.

Reason No.3: Procrastination

You could have SMART goals that are relevant to your purpose, but if you can’t get started taking the necessary action; you may never achieve your goals. Procrastination is like a thief, and it can steal your time, your focus, your dreams. Quit saying: “I’ll do it later.”

How to Stop Procrastination: Always break down your major goal into smaller, manageable pieces and then start right away. So, for example if your goal is to lose 10lbs over 45 days, a smaller goal would be to lose 1 pound every 5 days. If you can set a daily goal, that’s even better. If you want to achieve your goals, then you must measure them daily. In fact unless you can measure your goals daily, you won’t be in control of your destiny.

Another great procrastination buster is to set yourself a daily motivator. How it works is that you make the pain of not following through with your goals REAL. For example you could set yourself a financial penalty for not following through.

So, for example you could say: “I will give $10 to so and so if I fail to meet my daily goal to write 3,000 words for my next book.” Make sure the “so and so” you give the money to is someone (or something) that doesn’t deserve it. You could give the money to a non-profit that promotes something you hate. As I said earlier, pain is a strong motivator.

Reason No.4: Not Taking Responsibility

It’s a fact of life that things won’t always go according to plan. Times when something comes up and you don’t achieve your goals, who do you tend to blame?

You can always find someone else to blame when things go wrong with your plans. It could be your boss who demanded more from you than was reasonable, or your spouse, or the kids, or your workmates, or lack of time, etc.

But you have to take personal responsibility. Quit thinking that because it’s not your fault then there is nothing you can do about it.

How to fix this: Own up to not reaching your goals. When you take responsibility you immediately become more resourceful and flexible, knowing that you have control over your destiny and the attainment of your goals. If life gives you lemons, you make lemonade!

And remember, “Success doesn’t come to you… you go to it.”  – Marva Collins

Reason No.5: Listening to People Who Discourage You

Anytime you want to shoot for the moon, there will be people who tell you it can’t be done. But you shouldn’t always listen, because,

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Les Brown

There are many reasons why people will discourage you when you go for your big goals. It could be because they are concerned for you, or they are jealous, or they are ignorant, etc. So many great goals have been given up on because people discouraged others from pursuing them. Don’t let your big goals and dreams end up on that wasteland.

How to Avoid Getting Discouraged by Others: This one is easy; as long as you keep committed to your goals – and have faith in your intuition and your abilities – ignore the naysayers. By all means take what they are saying into consideration, but don’t let them decide for you.

Reason No.6: Starting Too Many Projects

Reason six why people don’t reach their goals is they start too many projects. I’m guilty on this one myself.

It may sound good saying, “I’m a starter.” It’s a great trait to have. So many people are good at generating ideas but they lack the starting power – they never seem to take action to get those ideas “on the road.”

But there is always the danger that when you start too many projects, you may fail to finishing many of them – or any of them! Sometimes this comes from fearing to miss out on things, the so-called “Fear Of Missing Out” (FOMO). Other times it is simply because you are someone who is blessed with a fertile mind for good ideas… and they are all crying out to you to implement them.

How to Fix This: You have to understand that you have a limited amount of time… and ability – and that you simply can’t do everything. How to deal with FOMO: It is important to realize the dangers in not concentrating enough on your projects. By not finishing or seeing any project through, you could miss out on all of these great ideas. It is better to settle on one project, preferably the one you like best, or the one you are most comfortable working on.

Reason No.7: Being Negative

“Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true.”  – Brian Tracy

If you say to yourself in your conscious or subconscious mind that you’re not going to make it, then you’ll probably not make it. If you don’t have faith that you’re going to reach your goal, then this will somehow manifest itself. And when you fail, it will be something that was expected, which makes it easy to stop trying.

On the other hand, when you are optimistic about achieving your goals, then when a setback occurs, you will focus your energy on finding solutions because you truly believe there is a solution, and that you can find it.

“Whatever you dwell on in the conscious grows in your experience.”       – Brian Tracy

How to overcome negativity: Optimism and pessimism are both expectations of the future, and which of the two you dwell on has a way of manifesting itself in your life. So you have the power to choose which side of the coin you want to land on.

Choose the one that will help you lead a happier more fulfilled life. Don’t waste your energies complaining; instead spend the energy learning how to better your life.

Reason No.8: Being Selfish

There are folks out there who think it’s silly, or pointless, to help others. Granted, WIIFM (What’s In It For Me) is our favorite FM station as humans, for all sorts of good reasons, but helping others got us where we are as a community.

Stop asking what’s in it for you any time a chance to help others comes along. There are people who believe in taking and not giving. These sorts of people are misers with their time, their money and their knowledge; and they are only interested in opportunities where they stand to benefit.

Most big goals you are likely to undertake are going to require the help of others, but the truth is that it is very difficult to help people who only care about taking. Give others the chance to want to help you.

How to Fix This: Serve others first. Always look for ways to add value to other people, or the human condition. Here’s Brian Tracy again:

“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, “”What’s in it for me?”    … Brian Tracy

Reason No.9: Surrounding Yourself with People Who Don’t Reach Their Goals

Reason Nine why people fail to realize their goals is associating with other people who aren’t successful in this area themselves. This will be hard to swallow for some, plus there are always exceptions to this rule; but for the most part, “you are who you associate with”. This comes from the strong and natural desire to belong and to be accepted.

You have heard of the term “peer pressure” and how it can ruin especially teenagers? Now remember all the things you have done “against your better judgment”, just to fit in a group!

The Fix for This: Associate with people who always reach their goals. Here’s a great Jim Rohn quote:

“You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay? Your life does not get better by chance; it gets better by change.”  … Jim Rohn

The company you keep can determine what you become. What books are you reading? I can recommend The Success Principles (How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be) a great book by Jack Canfield

Reason No.10: Watching Too Much TV

Watching TV isn’t all bad, but anytime you are watching TV you most likely are not doing anything to move one step closer to your goals. The other thing about TV these days is that it is captivating, almost addictive. Watching a lot of TV can, and most likely will, stop you from reaching your goals. And it’s possible, if you feel drawn to watching TV a lot lately that you don’t have any important goals; or that you are procrastinating; or maybe you have lost focus on your major goals.

The Fix: Shut off the TV. Cancel the cable. Pick up a book that will help you move one step closer to your goals. Remember,

“One of the best uses of your time is to increase your competence in your key result areas.”  … Brian Tracy

Where are you slacking off in your quest to live the life of your dreams? Fix up, step up, and go for it!

Recommended further reading: “A 2-Step Formula To Failproof Your Success Goals

 

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Concentration Tips-How to Concentrate And Get Things Done

Anytime you get down to work to realize your success goals all sorts of other things could keep you from doing the one thing that you need to do. To zero in on the most important thing and get it done, you need to concentrate, because if you use a non-concentrated approach to accomplishing a task, it likely takes a long time to accomplish, if ever. Concentrate on it, and you use all your efforts at achieving the task. Learning how to concentrate on the important things in your life is critical if you truly want to succeed

Concentration means focusing energy systematically for a purpose, or to become more productive at some activity. We are talking creative energy, thought, attention, etc – all those are energies or expressions of some energy or other.

That’s how telescopes and magnifying glasses work – by concentrating light and heat onto a very small pin point! Because physics has enabled us to concentrate light through lenses, we can now see in great detail stars and planets billions of miles away. With our naked eyes we can hardly make things out at 500 meters!

All out concentration, the kind that can be compared to a magnifying glass or telescope in its intensity, is an art and the Germans have a nifty term for it – aufgabe.

But to get things done in your daily life concentration simply means being able to shut out competing stimuli from your mind and focusing your mind on what is important, or what needs to be prioritized.

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Concentration is what gets the job done. In another article I talked about positive focus, and I told you that many of us tend to leave everything a bit fuzzy and never really put our sights on where we want to be. Well, sometimes you may know what you have to do to realize your goals, but you then get side-tracked by other stuff that is competing for your attention.

Note that word, side-tracked. It comes from railway terminology. You side-track a train to get it off one railway line onto another, sometimes to point it in a very different direction.

So, what is derailing you when you should be working?

Sometimes it could be simple stuff – you got down to work, and instead you took a few minutes to surf the internet or to read the gossip column, or to chat with friends.

Other times it could be stuff that is going on in your life that derails you. You have worked up the needed self motivation and started working towards improving your life, but all the baggage from your life situation weighs you down and you find you can’t concentrate.

Here are some great quotes on concentration & How to concentrate:

“The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business – or almost anywhere else for that matter.” … Lee Iacocca

You could have great dreams, good goal setting skills, and you are self-motivated but if you cannot concentrate to get stuff done, it may all come to naught.

“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” …Tony Robbins

Two powerful words there from Tony Robbins – focus and concentration. Do you truly want to succeed? These are two skills you want to get good at!

Persistence & Perseverance

One of the biggest keys to success in life is not giving up. The word is perseverance, or persistence. This is how the dictionary defines the term: Perseverance is “persisting in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counter-influences, opposition, or discouragement.”

Perseverance in life is one of the most important things you can ever learn, and it is the key to attaining success in many areas. We have talked a lot about self motivation and success motivation, but however motivated you may be to achieving a certain goal nothing much will happen if you don’t persist in the face of opposition and discouragement or frustration.

And so, the recipe for achieving a lot of success in life is simple: to persist in what you believe, despite anything else that may come in your way.

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How successful people achieve their goals is they don’t give up at the first trouble to come their way. No. What they do is they persevere, and keep doing it until they finally achieve their goals.

And this is one of the greatest differences between winners and losers. Both start on the same road with one goal – to succeed. But the loser gives up, the winner keeps going.

The winner reaches his or her destination, the loser stops far from it.

You have persistence in your genes

Perseverance is inborn in all of us. If you think back, you learned to talk, despite all those early setbacks. You learned to walk – do you know how many times you fell learning to walk? Somewhere along the road as we grow, however, many of us learn to give up early, rather than continuing until the race is won.

When you refuse to give up, despite what may come your way, you set in motion the ability to win – because you only lose when you stop before you reach your goals.

If you tend to give up early in the face of opposition, frustration or discouragement, I want to encourage you to take this as your motto from now on:  “I persist until I succeed”

This is what Calvin Coolidge said, in a now famous quote:

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “Press On” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

Persistence is the defining quality of success.

Here are some powerful quotes on persistence and perseverance:

“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not through strength, but through persistence.” … Buddha.

Energy and persistence conquer all things.” …Benjamin Franklin

“Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.” … Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Wake up somebody, namely that unflappable “genie” called perseverance who was your faithful buddy when you were a kid.

You can begin by developing some positive habits – starting your day with a positive affirmation for example, or making it a habit to see things through, or you can cultivate habits that boost your efficiency. A particularly good habit to have is the habit of achieving your goals. Some people have a bit of ignoring their goals…

As you may know habits are hard things to break. So, why not make them work for you, rather than against you? Substitute good habits for your bad ones, and keep doing the good habits day after day until they are drilled into your daily routine.

Want to become more efficient and productive? Read about this simple efficiency technique that steel magnate Andrew Carnegie paid $10,000 to learn… in just two weeks. Hint: It’s probably something you have “toyed with” before.

 

 

The power of positive focus

Success, whatever your goals are, involves many moving parts, including things like networking, using task lists, mental attitude, self motivation, personal affirmations, perseverance, and lots of other things, all of them important. But many people tend to gloss over, sometimes even completely ignore a very important component to success – the ability to focus on what they want, when they want it, and how they are going to get it.

To attain everything you need in your life, you need to have focus. Just like you have to focus a camera in order to take a clear photo, you need to zoom in on those areas that are most important to you and your goals – whatever those areas may be.

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For some reason, many of us lose focus – or never really gain it. We tend to leave everything a bit fuzzy and never really put our sights on where we want to be – and what we want to achieve.

You want to set a goal and then bring it into sharp focus, separating it from the mass of other things you may want. Once you can see your goal, you can focus upon it, just as if it were the only item on a blank slate.

You have the ability to choose what areas to focus on, which parts to highlight, what items to diminish, just like taking a photo with a camera.

A mother can instantly pick her child’s voice out of the babble surrounding her in a room full of people because she has learned to program her mind to focus on what is most important – her baby. Years of listening for a cry in the night have trained her to recognize the voice of her child, no matter how crowded or noisy the room might be where she finds herself.

This is a learned response, and you too can learn to achieve razor sharp focus that enables you to stay committed to your success goals.

There are so many things going on in your life at any given moment, that if you didn’t employ some sort of selective focus – even if that focus changes from time to time – you would be a lot less effective. It’s possible to become paralyzed by the small stuff that surrounds you, and lose track of the important things in your life.

Don’t leave things fuzzy, or get lost in a world full of choices, where you never really focus on any one item. Concentrate your energy towards achieving one outcome – through the judicious use of proper focus.

Focus – on your goals, your desires, your dreams, and your needs. Fuzz out the unimportant stuff – and let it fall by the wayside. Select your view according to what you want it to look like – and then actively work to turn this view, your dream, into reality.

If you can zoom in on what you’re after, it’s truly remarkable what you can accomplish. Keep your life in focus, and you’ll keep your aim true.

Some Positive Focus Quotes

Here are some powerful positive focus quotes to keep you on track:

“Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.” …Tony Robbins

Mastery and specialization; two words to take away from that quote. Here’s another positive focus quote from Tony Robbins:

“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” …Tony Robbins

Two words to note here: focus & concentration

And here is one inspirational Brian Tracy positive focus quote:

“All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.” …Brian Tracy

Although he doesn’t use the word focus as such, working everyday toward your distant vision or goal or purpose takes lots of focus.

More from Brian Tracy:

“Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.”… Brian Tracy.

Here he is referring both to a positive focus and visualization of your goals and outcomes.

How to Stay Focused on Your Goals

So, how do you stay focused on your goals?

Here are some tips and guidelines

Decide what you want. A lot of the fuzziness that creeps into your life will have been put there by yourself – to obscure the fact that you don’t really know what you want out of life. You are not alone because this happens to the best of us. Determining what you want from your life and career is the first step. As Brian Tracy said:

“Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.” …Brian Tracy

Keep a list. It’s a time-tried method of keeping on track. Keep yourself a to-do list.

Abandon time-wasters. If you want to keep focused, you want to steer clear of time-wasters. Here’s a good motto to follow: “If it doesn’t contribute, I don’t contribute to it.” Of course there are exceptions to this rule, such as certain family obligations…

Keep your goals top of mind. When you let your eyes wander from your goal, you will wander as well. Let your goals be the compass that steers your focus and your alarm clock…

Keep yourself in motion. Lack of movement can very quickly disrupt your focus, because, as you stand still for a while, it begins to seem less important to keep the focus. When you keep yourself in motion, you keep actively moving toward your plans and your goals. Avoid stagnation at all costs.

Discuss what you find out with someone else. It helps to discuss what you’re focusing on with other people. One of the good things with this is that it locks you into a course of action. You will be more likely to accomplish something that other people know about. And secondly, you might just be wrong about something and discussing the matter with others brings their wisdom to the table. They might know something you don’t.

Keep faith in your idea. If you have no faith in your dream or goal, then nobody else will. Having and keeping faith will keep your focus on your goals.

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