Staying Focused – Keeping the Important Things Important

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Staying focused in your life and your business is all about keeping the important things important.

Distractions can sidetrack and even discourage us from staying focused and going positively forward, toward our short-term and long-term goals. I call it the Next Shinny Object Syndrome and honestly, we’ve all fallen prey to this discouraging syndrome.

A key to surviving the Next Shinny Object Syndrome begins in how quickly we can regain our focus and keep the important things important.

I recently read a quotation from Nido Qubein that seems to go right to the heart of the Next Shinny Object Syndrome: “Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets.”

Scattering energy is scattering your ability get and stay focused on what is important now and into the future. Constantly changing focus and direction dilutes the ability to fully concentrate on what is most important to achieving short-term and long-term objectives.

The Next Shinny Object Syndrome can destroy your:
• Motivation
• Purpose
• Energy
• Finances
• Self-confidence

Consistency is a major key to staying focused. The ability to know what you want, why you want it and then working a consistent plan of action is vital to achieving your personal, professional and financial goals. Constantly changing direction is giving yourself an unconscious message that you really don’t know what you want. From my own experiences, I can tell you that inconsistency often leads to self-limiting and self-sabotaging behaviors.

Here are five practical ways to eliminate the Next Shinny Object Syndrome:

1. Give yourself permission to succeed.
If you haven’t truly given yourself permission to enjoy success, you’ll be placing roadblocks along your path to lifelong achievement. It is easy to become distracted when you haven’t committed to achieving your goals with both your head and your heart.

2. Decide what is important to you.
Have you noticed that you always seem to stay focused on those things that are most meaningful to you? If you’re not staying focused on the task at hand, it may be time to reprioritize what is important.

3. Write goals that motivate to you.
Do your goals motivate you? For example: If your boss has given you a goal that will benefit the company but is less than exciting to you, step back and figure out how you can make them more motivating to you and your career?

4. Develop a workable plan of action.
It’s easy to become distracted on the next shinny object when you don’t have a well thought out plan of action. It is worth taking the time to write out a month-to-month plan for achieving your long-term and short-term goals. It’s also worth the time to write an effective and reasonable daily to-do list – a list that will help you stayed focused on going forward one bite-sized piece at a time.

5. Be accountable.
Find an accountability buddy. Find someone who is willing to check in with you and support your progress. Research shows that you’ll probably accomplish more if you have someone with whom you are accountable. You can also hire a personal or professional coach to support your goal achieving and accountability.

I’d like to recommend by Kindle book – you can find it on – How To Keep Yourself and Your Business on Track. How To Keep Yourself and Your Business On Track (Women Empowering Women)
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