One of the most valuable resources available to business owners is time. There are, however, many other valuable resources we have that are readily available to us at all times. How much focus you give to these resources determines the level of success you’ll have in your business.
In this post, “How to Use Focus to Manage Resources and Results,” we’ll explore three areas you must focus on to get the results you desire in your life and business.
Focus on Yourself
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found, not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” Greg Anderson
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
We often spend a lot of time focusing on the elements in our environment that have an effect on us. We may also tend to focus on the people around us. The most important person to start with is yourself. Your self-image determines your view of the world around you and how you allow the world to affect you: your confidence, your level of happiness, your ability to achieve success on your terms in life and business.
We often are so busy focusing on the everything else that we forget that our focus should start with our own self. Ask the average entrepreneur how much time they spend taking care of others and their business and compare that to the time they spend on self-care, and you’ll often find a huge disparity.
When you focus on yourself you look for the good in yourself and actually love yourself. Let’s face it, if you don’t love yourself, can you reasonably expect that others will love you?
Focus on Your Potential
“There is inside you all of the potential to be whatever you want to be all of the energy to do whatever you want to do.” Donna Levine
It’s way too easy to focus on your limitations, the negatives, while looking on and admiring the qualities that others appear to excel in. You really have no idea what many of these persons have gone through to attain the level that they have. You have the potential to do the same.
Begin by making a complete and accurate assessment of your potential. To do this you must take an inventory of yourself. To do this will involve taking the time to make a few lists.
- First, make a list of all the things you do well. Be honest with yourself.
- Second, make a list of all the things you like to do, even if you think you don’t do them well.
- Third, make a list of all the things you would like to do, if you could.
- List your hobbies.
As a Co-Chapter Leader of Women’s Prosperity Network, at each of our monthly masterminds, we ask the ladies to turn off the negative voice or voices and be fully present and open to learning and being open to new ideas or concepts.
I now ask that you do the same. Stop listening to the negative voice or voices that make you feel you’re less than you are. Turn them off and take an honest evaluation of what you’re good at.
Go back to the list of things you can do well. You likely left off a number of things you do well because you’ve not given yourself credit for what you do. Perhaps you’re listening to the voice that’s telling you you’re not really good at this or that. Now, add a few more things to the list of things you do well. If it helps, pretend you are your best friend. Oftentimes we see much more value in others than we see in ourselves.
Remember to focus on your strengths, not your limitations. Include your undeveloped potential as well. This will give you the boldness to create opportunities for developing the skills you need to achieve your full potential.
Focus on Your Goals
“All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.” ~ Orison Swett Marden
Do you find yourself setting a goal and never or rarely achieve it? One possibility is that your goal lacks focus. It’s way too broad and confuses you, even though you’re the one who set it and desire to achieve it.
You’ve probably heard the question more times that you want to, “How do you eat an elephant?” Answer: “One bite at a time.” Though it may sound like a cliché, it’s actually realistic. When you set your goal and its one big chunk, it immediately becomes overwhelming and seemingly unrealistic. It would make a difference if you were to take the same goal and break it up into small pieces, smaller goals. Now you can focus on each smaller goal, complete it, and check it off before moving to the next.
Focus on your goals and enjoy the journey that leads to their accomplishment.
These are only three ways to use focus to manage resources and results. What is another resource that you focus on to get the best results in your life and business?
Yvonne A Jones is a Strategy and Mindset Business Coach | Marketing Strategist | International Speaker | Best-Selling Author. She works with entrepreneurs and small business owners to get clear on their goals, purpose, and mission; and identify barriers to success that are keeping them from
sharing their brilliance. She especially enjoys supporting the Vibrant Boomer Woman who wants to be more, give more, and do more.