How to focus on a goal and achieve it.
I have come across a lot of people and the first question they ask me is how I managed to stay focused on my goals. However, as wonderful as it is to have goals, that’s also how difficult it is also to stay focused on your goals in order to achieve them. I usually tell people that anyone can have goals or set goals but the difference between the goal achiever and the one who hasn’t gone half a mile is the power of focus.
Staying Focused on your goals
Growing up, we were told a story of the tortoise and the dog in a race. No one could imagine the tortoise would beat the dog to a race, but it happened because even though the dog was fast, it lost focus on its goal, while as slow as the tortoise was it maintained its focus to achieving its goal which was to finish the race by a simple act of staying focus on its goal.
The race is not to the fastest, but time and chance happens to everyone. What you spend most of your time doing is apparently where your focus lies. You can’t claim to have a goal and then not afford to focus.
Focus is an energy. A powerful force that attracts or keeps our mind steady on a particular idea, goals, object or mission. It has been proven that when sun light is focused on a piece of paper, it has the ability to set it on fire using the magnifying glass. Thus when light is concentrated it can do wonders. Same goes for human concentration.
However, we live in an era where everyone tries to multi task and at the end ,achieves little to nothing and experience burn out.
So here is how you can stay focused on your goals
- Write down your goals: With the buzz of everyday life, it’s easy to forget your goals. So the best way not to forget and stay focused is to have a list/ a note pad where you write down all your goals.
- Always plan the night before: Some days I wake up so confused and tired, due to stress from the previous day or being too lousy to stand up, maybe am being forgetful. My notepad and sticker notes have been a life saver. How? Here’s my secret, every night before I go to bed, I take out my note pad and make a list all the activities I intend engaging with for the next day. I also keep track of goals i didn’t accomplish for that day and determine if it should roll over to the next day or set it aside for another day. Then I keep my note book right close to my bed for easy reach. So you see, the moment am up, I grab my notes to refresh my mind, remind me of my goals and realign my focus.
- Exercise: From a simple stretch, to a morning walk, to skipping, all these helps renew your focus. Dr. John Ratey, author of “Spark – The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain” says that exercise improves your brain in the short term by raising your focus for two to three hours afterwards. If you have a presentation or speaking engagement try to work out beforehand; you’ll be at your peak when you have to perform. In the long term, it can even help starve off brain aging and Alzheimer’s. This works on the cellular level through neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to improve itself with blood flow and levels of brain-derived protein. He calls it “miracle-gro” for the brain, and it all comes from regular exercise! How wonderful it is to start your day with an exercise. Not just that, exercising keeps you energetic and lively and happy, ever ready to crush your goals. So you can start doing little home exercises for a boost of adrenaline to start your day
- Eliminate Distractions : Time is of essence. Time is life, time is money. In order to maintain your focus on your goals , you have to eliminate every form of distractions. We all agree that our number one distraction is social media in this era. We jump off bed or stay in bed checking our phones, surfing the net, for unnecessary stuff and before we know it our morning is gone and then we begin our day slowly or in regret of wasted time. Aside social media, recognize other distractions in your life. Take your time to ask yourself that question, what is distracting me from my goals and how best can I eliminate them.