Before success or rewards can be achieved there are some critical steps that must take place. Focus can’t take place until there is a clear definition of the “object” of the focus. After the decision stage, commitment must be made, only after these first important steps can focus be cultivated.
Follow these steps for success:
1. Decision Time…what is the object of your Focus
Making that important first step requires a decision! In both business and everyday life making the decision is critical,l and the first step in focus. No one can truly commit or focus until they have a clear vision of what they have decided. Make a decision statement of ten words or less that identifies the decision. This will define the “object” of your focus. Keeping the statement to ten words or less will also limit or sharpen the decision to an achievable goal.
Danger: Making a broad decision statement will make focusing on success too difficult to achieve or measure.
Example: I will start writing one article every day. – Or – I will begin each day with 15 minutes of exercise.
2. Commitment…taking the decision to the next level
Many people think that commitment can be the hardest step in success, but if a decision has been made to help direct attention or focus the journey then the commitment stage is easier. It isn’t as hard to commitment to a specific decision such as “15 minutes of exercise” as it would to be to “get in shape.” Making the commitment to get in shape is so board that commitment isn’t measurable.
Committing to set aside 15 minutes of each day is a reachable goal and easily focused.
3. Focus…following through on the decision and commitment
Reinforce the decision and commitment with action! Focus each day on the goal that has been defined. Use tools to help focus:
• Set up reminders and alarms on computers, clocks, watches. Being consistent on the time each day helps make focus a daily, repeatable habit!
• Post notes on cubes, mirrors, doors, computers…everywhere.
• Communicate your decision and commitment to coworkers, friends and family. There is nothing more motivating than having others know that you have a target. These people will ask about progress and help keep you focused because they are now expecting results too.
If the decision, commitment and focus paths have all been achieved then the journey is rewarded, whether the decision was one based on business or personal objectives. However, don’t be discouraged or feel as if failure has been the only goal achieved…just re-decide, re-commit and re-focus for success. Many times in life our growth is defined by our ability to keep trying and the perception of failure is just a step to building ultimate success!