“Success is a tireless expenditure of narrowly focused energy”
The definition of Focus: A condition in which something can be clearly apprehended or perceived.
Do you agree that it can be very difficult to get focused on what it is you would like to accomplish in this life? Do you get pulled this way and that depending on which way the wind is blowing that day? This may be because you are not “narrowly focused”.
In working with so many students for real estate training and coaching, I have found the lack of ability to focus and stay on task to be the number 1 reason for not just failure, but also for some not even getting to the point of doing the real estate investing business. They don't even get to the point of trying to invest in real estate because they stop. People often lose focus.
For example, a student, (lets call him Johnny), commits to coaching with complete confidence. His personal goal is to make $10K in the next 60 days in real estate investing. Johnny starts listening to the trainings and going through the motions, focusing on his goal for maybe a week or 2. Then Johnny hears about a great training on how to buy Silver for cheap (or some other investing strategy that is also good). So Johnny buys that training and starts listening to that training too. Buying that training has now taken the focus of the real estate training, committing him to failure in both goals!
Focus is crucial to success.
“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.”
Qui-Gon to Anakin, Star Wars Episode I
It's so easy to blame external circumstances for failure, when in reality the reason for our failure is this missing link; Narrowly focus energy on a single goal. People get too spread out trying to accomplish too much for too many. The only blame for lack of success is that someone went on to something else by their own choosing and decision. Focus is a choice.
Not only is focus important, but focusing on only one goal at a time key to your success. Trying to accomplish multiple goals spreads out your focus, and makes it less likely that you'll complete any of them.
How To Stay Focused
Even with only one goal, maintaining focus can be difficult. Therefore, you need to find ways to keep your focus on that goal.
Some good examples that work for me:
1. Read about your goal as much as possible, on websites and blogs and in books and magazines.
2. Post up picture of what you want on your wall, refrigerator, and computer desktop.
3. Send yourself messages using an online calendar or reminder service.
4. Tell as many people as possible about your goal and post your progress on your blog.
5. Have a time each day to work on a single goal, with a reminder in your schedule each day to do only that for a period of time, no exceptions.
Maintain your focus on your goal, and you've won half the battle in achieving it.