There has been one thing on my mind lately especially when I started this blog – and of course I know I shouldn’t and should be focusing on the quality of the content that I write instead of the views so I thought I might as well do a post about focus.
You’ve heard the maxim from the self help community “you get what you focus on”, however those guys don’t always tell you want it means – in fact, I sometimes wonder if they even take their own advice given how a number of them get arrested for fraud charges. Sometimes if you pay attention and listen you could actually start poking holes in many Self Help guru’s personal stories or their advice – but I digress.
How to use focus
Focus is a very powerful, being able to tune out all distractions and concentrate on one area of your life or goal can massively improve that one thing. However, focus can sometimes fail you and here’s why.
Focusing on the wrong thing.
Focusing on the effects rather then the causes can get you no where here are some examples:
When you’re trying to lose weight, you’re focusing on why you are heavy rather then why you are heavy. Hence why some of my big boned friends have trouble with weight loss and I didn’t. I realized that I was fat since, I ate poorly (pizza and energy drinks) very often and didn’t work out much.
When you’re trying to create a successful blog, you’re focusing on your view counts rather then providing good content. Remember people read blog posts because it provides value – write something that adds to someone’s life, you’ll see the view count increase by itself.
When you are trying to become a successful business person, you’re focusing on networking rather then being skilled. This happens way too much and there are hundreds of books out there saying how its “who you know, NEVER what you know” and that is false. You are the best at networking when you have something to offer – companies hire you to work not to socialize, if you have potential or very skilled they’ll take you on because they know you can make them money.
So why do we focus on the effects? Well one reason could be that it is easier and less painful to look at the results. For example focusing on excess weight does feel bad at looking into yourself to figure out why you have that weight to begin with. Same for business, going out and meeting new people is remarkable easier then learning to become an expert sales person, accountant or operations manager.
Theses are just some examples of focusing on effects rather then causes, there’s a lot more that I want to discuss about on this topic so I’ll save them for later posts. I’ll also elaborate on these as well.
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