It is difficult to accomplish much in life without focus and determination. The factor that focus plays in success is easy to overlook. But people who have achieved what it is that they want to in life will be quick to tell you just how important focus is for achieving success. Luck often plays a role in success. While it is true that successful people make their own luck, to an extent, this does not negate hard work, determination and focus.
The facts are simple; without the benefit of focus, determination and hard work are impossible. After all, to work hard and maintain a determined outlook over a long period of time you need to be intensely focused. Steve Jobs didn’t build Apple without focus (and a little help from Bill Gates and Microsoft). Focus is of paramount importance. But why?
The reason is relatively simple. Life pulls us all in different directions, and this can make achieving our goals difficult. The chaos of life chips away at our days, which turn into weeks and years. All of this means that if you truly want to accomplish your goals, you need to focus on one task at a time.
Multitasking is seriously difficult. If you think you’re doing it well, guess again. Your life may require you to multitask from time to time, but the more you focus on just one task or one endeavor, the greater your success will be in the long run. Why? If you divide your mental resources among too many tasks, none of the tasks will get the attention they deserve. In the end, your work will be subpar. You might not even finish what you set out to do.
So how should you handle the issue of focus? Focus is one part discipline and one part decision-making. The discipline part of the equation is fairly straight forward, but the decision making part is more complex. Part of effective focusing, and it’s the part that is usually overlooked, is the decision making part. You need to prioritize which tasks are the most important and which ones can wait until later. Additionally, you may need to reorient your life and how you approach your tasks. Understanding that you only have so much time at your disposal is an important realization that will orient your thinking so you can prioritize.
Achieving greater focus in life centers on effective and savvy prioritizing, but this is only one aspect of proper focus. Lifestyle is also critical to having the energy to achieve. Getting enough sleep, sunlight, fresh air, exercise and eating a healthy diet factor into how much energy you have.
Diet can be a remarkably important factor. If you want a true energy boost, don’t reach for energy drinks or more coffee, but instead transform your diet. How? Remove fast and processed food. These types of food choices are full of chemicals and pesticides that can trigger inflammation in your body and even increase the risk of disease. By eating more whole foods, you’ll give your body ample nutrition and, in turn, energy. Changing your diet might seem like a tall order, but you can do it. The first step is to begin working with a nutritionist. The second step is to eliminate unhealthy foods from your life. The third step is to become an avid label reader. Finally for the last step, take note of how much more energy you have on a healthy diet.