The Number One Thing Blocking Your Success
“Most people don’t focus very well. That’s why they end up broke and disillusioned.”
Focus … basketball … reading … fishing … pancakes … silver … thirteen …
Without focus, life just doesn’t make a lot of sense.
And lasting success — in any area — is virtually impossible.
To take it a step further, I’d be willing to bet that if you are not experiencing the level of success you had hoped for, it’s because you lack focus in some key area.
Listen, if you want to be a successful writer or work professional of any kind, you’ll need focus.
In this article, you’ll discover how Living on Purpose can be a central strategy for better focus in your life and career.
Living on Purpose — Eliminating the #1 Success Blocker
First, let’s be clear … living on purpose and setting goals are not the same thing. Your purpose is bigger than your goals. For example, your purpose may be to eliminate homelessness. Your goal might be to raise $1 million to start an awareness campaign.
Your goals will be set, and with a little effort, will be achieved. Then what? You are earning six-figures, but now what? Seven-figures? Maybe. But, the bigger question is: Why? What’s your purpose?
Answering these questions may seem hard, but the truth is, we already know the final answer. We’ve just likely had it beaten into submission by well-meaning parents, teachers, and societal rules.
With that said, here are three questions that may help you re-discover your purpose …
One … What do you do best?
What is it that you do that comes easily and naturally for you? What do you do that gets rave reviews or compliments? Whatever it is, it could be the first clue to your success. For me, writing, teaching, and seeing abstract ideas in new ways have always been something people have complimented me for.
Two … What do you really enjoy doing?
You’ve heard it before, what would you do if money were no object? It sounds trite and it’s easy to dismiss as just a hypothetical question, but there is power in your answer. Again, for me, I enjoy exploring new ideas and finding new ways to present old proven ideas. I love to see people’s brain click when they grasp a new concept.
What do you love?
Now, the next question is a little different. It’s more a measure of where you are in relation to your purpose. It’s a gut-check if you will …
Three … Are you in “Have-to” mode most of the time, or “Choose-to” mode?
In other words, do you spend more of the day dreading the things on your to-do list or looking forward to them?
For me, until I became a writer recently, I spent most of my life in “have-to” mode. Mostly I had to go to work because I had to pay the bills. I still have to pay the bills, but now I “choose-to” write and share my ideas with others — and the bills get paid as a by-product.
So what does all this mean to you? It means you need to start asking yourself some hard questions — and be honest about the answers. Make sure they are your answers. Not the answers of the latest wonder product or job offer. And, certainly not the answers of a well-meaning parent, brother, sister, boyfriend, girlfriend, boss, friend, etc.
If you ask these questions, like I had to in 2008 (see my article on “The Power of Commitment” for more) you’ll soon find yourself one step closer to your passion.
And in order to live your life, you’ll need your goals to line up with and reach for your purpose. It’s your focus on the purpose — that thing bigger than yourself — that will get you through the tough times.
I started this article with a quote by Jim Rohn and I’d like to pass his challenge on to you today:
The Challenge by Jim Rohn
Let others lead small lives,
but not you.
Let others argue over small things,
but not you.
Let others cry over small hurts,
but not you.
Let others leave their future
In someone else’s hands,
but not you.
Discover and get a clear focus on your purpose, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly and easily things begin to fall into place.
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