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The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
-- Franklin Delano Roosevelt
 

 

Thursday, November 16, 2000

The power of focus

Have you ever tried to locate something quickly in a cluttered room or on a cluttered desk? It is indeed frustrating to know that what you need is right in front of you and you’re unable to get your hands on it.

The solution is to organize your things, devising a system for storing them and knowing where they are. That way you can quickly find what you need. Putting things away where you can find them does not prevent you from using or enjoying those things. Indeed, it enables you to use them much more effectively.

A similar benefit comes from focusing your efforts. Staying focused does not prevent you from doing anything. Rather, it enables you to do whatever you do more effectively. If you attempt to do everything at once, your efforts become cluttered and diluted. Without focus, the path to achievement can actually be blocked by your own ambition. With no focus, the more intensely you work the more frustrated you can become, because you’re often working against yourself and wasting your own time.

Yet when you discipline yourself to focus on one thing, get it done, and then focus on the next task, you’re actually able to get more accomplished. Make a point to focus your efforts, and bring more of your positive possibilities into reality.

— Ralph Marston

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