Focus and discipline are two key habits of successful entrepreneurs. Cultivate these two more and more in your daily life to build the business of your dreams.
Right now, it doesn’t matter whether you’re just another cog in the wheel or already a CEO. Your thought processes can influence those around you as can your actions, and determine whether you achieve great success.
Like most people, you probably often come up with great ideas for your business.
Unfortunately, those brilliant ideas get pushed aside because of everything else going on. You struggle to multi-task your way through the day and wonder why nothing ever changes.
This is where the power of focus comes in. Without focus, life and work can become very disorganized. If you see something that can (or should be), be changed for the good then give it your focus.
Tell your team, your boss, the organization, the family, that this is going to be your focus.
For instance, if you plan on shifting your focus to improving communication within the company then you need to ensure it’s brought up in each and every meeting that you attend, it should feature on your goals, and you should have a plan in place that is measurable.
Once you’re more focused, you will suddenly realize that you are far more sensitive to the problems that others are experiencing. Why?
It isn’t because those issues are increasing, it’s because you have harnessed the power of focus and you are now truly capable of hearing what others are saying without being distracted and feeling overwhelmed in your own life. If you have the right mindset then you will be encouraged by the progress.
How to Achieve True Focus
Can you think of a time you’ve been incredibly focused on something? A strange thing happens… suddenly the typical obstacles standing in your way mean nothing to you as you close in on your goal. You are hyper-aware of everything around you, but your focus is unshaken.
No matter the obstacle, you find a way to overcome it because you are so locked onto that target at the end of the long road that you view everything through a different lens.
Are you looking to improve your focus and avoid distractions and procrastination? Try these strategies.
Take Time Out To Get Some Perspective
You may sometimes be in need of a reality check, but who you turn to for it is an important decision.
You want to speak to someone who is supportive, willing to talk tough, and invested in your success. That may be your partner, mentor, or a straight-shooting friend. No matter who it is, you need people like this on your side.
Focus On Those Positives
We are all guilty of getting caught up in something that is going wrong even though everything else is going right. In moments like this, it’s important to grab hold of the positives. So, take time out to create a list of everything that is going well to realign your focus where it belongs.
Know When To Take Action
Allowing your focus to move away from the target often invites negative emotions and leaves you feeling overwhelmed.
When you’ve identified the source of the negative emotion, take action to take control and empower yourself. This could be investing in a coach, course or mentor, inviting someone in to collaborate or employing the help of an assistant.
Don’t allow those feelings to fester, when you identify them, take action to mitigate them.
Practice The Art Of Self-Care
There is nothing more important to your focus than self-care. When you are exhausted, stressed out or hungry, you aren’t going to be performing at your best.
You may have noticed that you’re in top shape mentally as well as physically when you’ve had a good night’s rest, you’re eating well and exercising often. These are acts of self-care that will keep you healthy, focused, and resilient.
Harness The Power Of Self-Discipline
There are many successful people who tout self-discipline as the key to success. Whether the success is derived from home life, or personal achievement; self-discipline seems to be a cornerstone habit. What does it take to have the levels of self-discipline necessary in order to become successful?
Know Your Weaknesses
When working on a difficult project or long-term goal, it can be difficult to understand what keeps us from achieving our dreams. One of the best ways to get through this is to understand and identify your weaknesses. The weaknesses are the things that keep you distracted from achieving your goal.
Entrepreneur recommends that you acknowledge your shortcomings whatever they may be. People often deny that they are anything but perfect. We have a habit as a people to gloss over our mistakes and highlight our successes.
The only way to gain self-discipline is to be brutally honest about your failures so that you can avoid repeating them in the future. One of the best ways to avoid repeated failures is to work on controlling your environment.
Remove All Temptation
One of the largest hurdles in self-discipline is the temptation to do anything other than the task at hand. In office life this temptation may be the desire to surf social media rather than work on an important project.
In weight loss, this may be the urge to eat candy out of the kitchen candy stash. No matter what the temptation is, Forbes suggests removing it will be more helpful to you than allowing it to remain.
If you’re at work and attempting to avoid social media, it may be difficult.
Installing a Facebook blocker on your computer will remove the temptation. You are no longer able to access the social media site and can focus on other things.
If your cell phone becomes problematic with all the social media notifications, simply turn it to silent mode. The easy removal of temptation allows you to focus on the things that are important. Over time you will develop the self-discipline to not need those technological blocking tools.
Have a Reason Why
When working on a long-term project or goal, having the ability to endure can become difficult. It is especially difficult if you don’t remember the reasons why you are maintaining such strict discipline.
Self-discipline is rarely defined as fun and usually involves sacrifice. Because of this knowing why you’re sacrificing can help you through the hard times.
Write down all the reasons you are trying to achieve your goal. Whether it is personal success, professional satisfaction, or physical health; all reasons should go on this list. You can then use your list of reasons why you are sacrificing to get through moments of weakness and temptation.
If you are trying to build an online business, late hours at the computer can begin to wear on you. If you don’t remember that the reason that you want the business to prosper is to have better health care for your family or less financial stress than it will be easier to give up when you want to endure.
Keep your list of reasons that to your sacrificing close to you so that you can use them when you need.
It Won’t Be Easy
Nothing about achieving great personal success is easy. Ask anyone who has hit a major goal and they will tell you it took self-discipline. Self-discipline means doing things that you should even when you don’t want to.
Following these three suggestions will help you stick to the plan even in moments of temptation. Identify your failures, remove temptation, and knows the reasons you need to hit your goal.
If you can keep these three steps in mind, you will easily develop self-discipline necessary to achieve your goal. Self-discipline doesn’t happen overnight, so be forgiving when you make slips or mistakes. Getting right back on track after a mistake and following the three steps will get you closer to your goal and even beyond success.