Unless you are completely focused on your goals and the work you are doing to move to toward them, you can become impatient with yourself, anxious about things that are not getting done, and unable to complete projects that can take you to the next level of success. Focus is critical to success.
Everyone struggles with lack of focus from time to time, which can affect multiple areas of your life. When you lose focus at work, you may get irritable and anxious at home. When you do not focus enough on your relationships, it can impact your work. It is a vicious cycle that must be recognized and broken in order to achieve the success of which you are capable.
Focus Requires Prioritizing
You must know what is important in your life. When you are having trouble in one area of your life, take a close look to determine if you are giving it the focus it needs to bring it back into balance. If not, you must shift your focus for a while to resolve the problem.
For example, if you’re having trouble with a child, work may need to take a back seat while you focus on helping or getting help with the child.
Honestly prioritizing your focus will help you be successful at work and in your relationships. Clear priorities and focusing on what is important can help you stop trying to accomplish too much at one time.
You will do a better job in all areas, because you will be more fully present with each one – giving it your full attention, rather than trying to juggle and worry about what you are NOT doing in another area of your life.
When Focus Slips
Starting a new job can be exciting – making it easy to focus. You are passionate about the work and accomplish tasks with enthusiasm and energy. Then, the shine begins to dim, even boredom can set in. You may begin to feel that you are sacrificing everything to be successful – long hours and neglecting our personal lives may ensue.
As your focus slips, you may become a little careless or inattentive because the challenges are no longer fun – they are just hard work. You worry, you lose sleep so you are tired, you stop taking care of yourself – no exercise and bad eating habits.
This is not a pretty picture, but a far too common one. Loss of interest and lack of focus combined is a primary reason many businesses fail in the first year. Loss of focus on long-term goals, or scattered energy and attention as a result of being unclear about the goals in the first place can be disastrous.
It is no different in your personal life and relationships. When you lose focus on a relationship and what you are trying to build together, it is easy for problems to creep in and destroy it.
Having clearly defined business goals and relationship goals (both short-term and long-term) and staying focused on them can make the difference between success and failure.
Balanced Focus Is Crucial
Life is NOT single faceted. Consequently, focus must be balanced. When it becomes unbalanced, problems set in. A truly successful person knows how to balance his/her focus between career and personal life so that neither lacks the attention (and nurturing) that both need and deserve in order to thrive.
Take inventory of your focus in the important areas of your life. Is it well-balanced or unbalanced?