By: Nick Thomas
If the desire is to surpass the masses and achieve big dreams, it takes discipline and focus DAILY! I addressed discipline a few weeks ago so now it is time to talk about its counterpart – focus.
What is focus? Focus is the center of interest, the state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition.
When it comes to what keeps things going, what allows personal goals to be set which are different from everyone else, focus is a huge factor. You get what you focus on, so it is important to focus on what you want. The world we live in is full of distraction and fast pace changes daily. Everyone has their own life and most are doing well just to keep up, staying in a constant state of survival. I believe this does not have to be the perpetual state of life!
The journey should be enjoyed, even the grind of hardships along the way as well, because the goal is clear, driven by defined focus with passion in the lead. This will never cease to keep the path to improvement going strong. Stay focused on having a set plan of attack each day, even putting pen to paper and writing down the steps needed every morning. These simple actions lead directly to personal dreams becoming reality. Having a proactive approach gives edge and clear positive outlook, instead of just reacting to what is happening; there is enough control to be ahead of the majority of events keeping an offensive mindset as opposed to a defensive mindset. Cut out any interaction or task which is not positively supporting the set goals; it does not matter what others are doing, it matters what you are doing. Starve distraction and feed focus. Where your focus goes, your energy will follow.
After figuring out the right course of action, the key is to follow it consistently until success is achieved. This takes patience, discipline, and a positive attitude which is unaffected by the world. Do not let emotions determine your actions. It also takes an incredible amount of self-awareness and evaluation to remain on the course so that any minor corrections needed can be made along the way. This is an inevitable reality, no one is perfect and adjustments will be needed. Be bold, take risks, and be willing to learn from mistakes. Put on blinders and stay on your path, looking dead ahead at your goals. By focusing on YOUR path, it removes the element of competition, remember your only competition is you!
Let your passion fuel you, do not be dependent on others. No one will have the desire or ability to achieve your goals more than you!
By: Nick Thomas
Prime Performance Training, and Certified Sports Nutritionist