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How The Power of Focus Can Lead You To Success

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“You will get what you want, when you stop making excuses on why you don’t have it.”

 

How do you wake up in the morning?

Do you jump out of bed and look forward to starting the day?

Do you wake up in the morning and you did not want to get out of bed, hear the alarm clock ring and you press the snooze button over and over again until you are forced to get up and go to the bathroom?

Or wake up even more tired?

With the busy life style that we lead today, most of the time human beings are operating on autopilot, seldom do we stop and ask ourselves essential questions.

In addition we are being constantly bombarded with information (breaking news, whatsapp messages, tweets, emails…) and we are reacting to the situations, that our lives are being controlled by external environment that we have forgotten simple concepts of life.

 

What do you think about when you wake up?

Do you think about all the things you need to do, the list is endless and you feel overwhelmed before you get out of bed.

Or

You wake up in the morning, thinking about all the challenges that you are facing in your life, think about all the critics that people have given you, even the areas where you have not succeeded. Then you feel discouraged and de-motivated.

Or

Think about what is missing in our lives not enough money, no big title (Director, CEO) after your name or you do not have a flashy car and so on.

 

When faced with a problem what do you do?

Spend time discussing and analyzing the problem in great depth and then defining it in unsolvable terms?

Or do you find out who is to blame?

 

Our thoughts

Human beings think between 50,000- 70,000 thoughts a day (mental chatter, images or movies playing in our head) 95% of these thoughts are repetitive of previous days and 80% of the habitual thoughts are negative.

In order to achieve success we need to learn how to focus these thoughts on what we want.

 

limits and challenges for success

 

Story

One day the Zen master wanted to show his students a new technique of shooting an arrow. He told his students to cover his eyes with a cloth and then he shot his arrow. When he opened his eyes, he saw the target with no arrow in it and when he looked at his students, they looked embarrassed because their teacher had missed.

The Zen master asked them, “What lesson do you think I intend to teach you all today?” They answered, “We thought you would show us how to shoot at the target without looking.” The Zen master said, “No, I taught you that if you want to be successful in life, don’t forget the target. You have to keep an eye on the target, otherwise you may miss a good opportunity in life.” They looked at each other, impressed with the lesson.

The moral of the story is we need to consistently focus on what we want and we need to realize that :

  • What thoughts we focus on we FEEL, therefore our thoughts have a direct effect on our emotions
  • What we focus on and feel we attract in our lives. Our destiny is consistently shaped by our thoughts.

 

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine

 

Tips: How to control the FOCUS of your thoughts

When faced with a challenge or a problem spend 5% of your time discussing the problem, 95% of your time finding innovative and creative solutions. Remember “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude to the problem”

Ensure that you do the following on a daily basis:

Learn something new on a daily basis. Learning does not end when you obtain your degree or leave university. The journey of life is a learning process, successful people converted their failures into stepping stones by learning from it and moving on. When you try something and it does not work out, do not despair, all you have to do is find a better way to do it.

Enjoy – Ensure that on a daily basis that you are able to enjoy and have fun. You have the ability to create memorable moments on a daily basis. Remember

“life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but how many moments that take our breath away”

Appreciate – As soon as we develop a sense of appreciation (gratitude), we are shifting our focus of thoughts on what we have and what we have been able to achieve.

Reflect on your life. “An unexamined life is not worth living” Socrates. Reflection allows for self assessment, checking that you are on the right track. Reflection gives you time to monitor your thoughts and actions, to check whether they are in alignment with your purpose in life.

Negative thoughts have a way of coming when you least expect it to. People spend too much time thinking about what happen to them in the past or the possibility of negative things happening to them in the future.

To get rid of these negative thoughts ask yourself one QUESTION “If this was my LAST day alive, what would I Love to do..” then go and do it.

Do not postpone living.

 

Mujtaba Peera is currently the CEO of a charitable organization based in Kenya that seeks to empower the less fortunate people in the rural villages. His incredible passion of making a difference in peoples lives has driven him towards the field of personal development and empowering individuals through the use of successful life strategies. By profession he has completed ACCA qualification, Degree with Honors in Applied Accounting and is a Licensed Neuro Linguistic Programmer.

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. denny

    Aug 12, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks for the interesting commentary about “focus.”

    I’m curious.. with so many goals and external factors competing for our attention, how do we make better decisions about where to channel our limited energy?

    I recently heard the suggestion to periodically schedule a single day away to make such decisions. Every 90 days or so, you will have decided which priorities receive your attention for the following 90 days.

    What techniques do you use to stay focused on what matters without being overwhelmed?

  2. Karemi Michael

    Jun 24, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Great piece. I have to admit, am currentky struggling to develop focus. Perhaps, that is what had lead me to this post. I’ve been inspired and motivated especially by the lesson ftom the Zen master. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Samuel Godwin

    Mar 14, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Wow this is Reli motivating n inspiring … Was captivated by the lesson frm the Zen master , would love to share it also … Tanx for sharing .. Let’s stay focus guys ❗️

  4. Lynne

    Jan 28, 2015 at 4:31 am

    Thanks for the encouragement and motivation. Working towards success and the key is focus and determination.

  5. Neha Mehra

    Jan 27, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Focus and hardwork is everything in today’s world and that will change everything around you …Focus and work hard and you’re set !

  6. sherill

    Jan 6, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    HI, Great post. It is very meaningful and very encouraging. Being grateful and having a positive perspective can work wonders in our life. Thanks for sharing.

  7. karunakar

    Dec 22, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    nice article highly motivated…..! thank you

  8. Gary

    Dec 6, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Mujtaba, a very truthful and goal specific post by you…
    I specially like the “Tips” you have mentioned……I think if everyone follows this then more than half of the problems get resolved.

  9. Wendy Tomlinson

    Dec 1, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Great post, I love the story of the Zen Master.

  10. Rose Costas

    Nov 8, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Thanks Mujtaba for a wonderful post.
    It is so amazing how we all as humans no matter where we are in the world have the same struggles. I have made the commitment to focus on my goals rather than the issues that arises. I am guilty of focusing more on the problem than on finding the solutions.

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