Have you ever been at work trying to get something done and found yourself staring into space and then suddenly coming to? Or maybe you know there’s something you need to get done, but you keep getting distracted by Facebook, email or cat videos. Nothing seems to help you focus. Maybe you feel like you’re doing a lot but never seem to accomplish much.
If that sounds like you, you probably need to improve your focus. According to the highly successful people quoted below, focus can make all the difference in both your work and personal life. You just have to know how to focus and what to focus on. Here are six quotes to help you focus.
Focus On Your Goals
“I don’t focus on what I’m up against. I focus on my goals, and I try to ignore the rest.” — Venus Williams
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when facing a difficult obstacle. If we focus on the difficulty too much, we can start to feel paralyzed. Instead of focusing on what’s standing in your way, Venus Williams says, concentrate on what you want to want to achieve.
Focus on the Journey
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” — Greg Anderson
This quote might seem to be at odds with the last one. It encourages you to pay attention to the process as opposed to the end result. You might find you can focus on your goals and the journey, or you might choose to favor one over the other. Just be sure not to focus on your difficulties or past failures.
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Define Your Direction
“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have 24-hour days.” – Zig Ziglar
Sometimes, it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. If that were true, though, how would all of these successful people get anything done? The truth is, we all have the same amount of time. We just use it differently. How can you optimize your schedule and what can you cut out to get you closer to your goals?
Focus Makes All the Difference
“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” — Bruce Lee
You don’t have to be born with incredible innate abilities to be a success. According to Bruce Lee, you just need intense focus. By focusing all of your energy on what you want to achieve, you can transform yourself from average to extraordinary.
Focus on the Important Things
“Focusing is about saying no.” — Steve Jobs
Our lives are full of distractions. A big part of focus is learning what to say no to. Focus single-pointedly on your goal. Don’t accept tasks that won’t help you achieve it and don’t indulge in distractions beyond a healthy amount. One episode of your favorite TV show at night is okay, but if you find yourself binging it instead of doing something that matters, it’s time to start saying no.
The Link Between Focus and Inspiration
“Inspiration is the windfall from hard work and focus. Muses are too unreliable to keep on the payroll.” – Helen Hanson
Sometimes, we think that if we wait around long enough, inspiration will strike. According to Helen Hanson, that’s not a smart strategy. A better one is to work hard and focus on what you want to do. If you get the process started with that, you’ll find your inspiration.
Most everyone feels busy these days. A lot of also feel like we never get enough done. Perhaps, the issue is that we try to do too much. According to advice from these famous folks, improve your focus and you’re already well on your way to achieving your goals.
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