The Simple Way To Focus Today
By Alison Marks
People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying ‘no’ to 1,000 things.
~ Steve Jobs
Did you catch that?
Even if you don’t have the brilliant techie/design brain of Steve Jobs, you DO have important gifts that are waiting to be shared.
And they can’t be shared if you’re trying to do 1,000 things!
Here’s a quick little exercise to help you get clear so you can STOP spinning your wheels and start bringing your gifts and your vision alive.
What is is you really want?
Write this down. Seriously. (Yes, I know you’ve done it 1,000 times before. Just bear with me and grab a pen, ok?)
Focus just on your business, or on all the important areas of your life – relationships, money, home, spiritual growth and connection, health, etc.
Once you’re done, close your eyes and sit quietly with each item on your list for a minute or so and ask, “What do I need to say no to in order for this commitment or idea to live a rich, full life?” Write down your answers.
Now write THAT list and post it in front of you on your desk, on your wall, in your day-timer… somewhere you will see it regularly when you’re tempted to do those things. Remember what you want instead and put your attention THERE!