With the excitement of the New Year well and truly behind us, we find ourselves at the business end of ‘creating and doing’ to make our new goals become a reality. So it’s time to be honest and ask ourselves the question Am I Still On MY Track? Am I focused on what my career goals are, or have I allowed distractions to creep in or worse still other people’s plans to hijack mine?
“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus” – Bruce Lee
With the excitement of the New Year well and truly behind us, we find ourselves at the business end of ‘creating and doing’ to make our new goals become a reality. We’ve celebrated the fresh beginnings, boldly stated our desires and plans for 2015 and now with the end of the first quarter less than three weeks away, we should be starting to reflect and celebrate some of our early milestones.
So it’s time to be honest and ask ourselves the question Am I Still On MY Track? Am I focused on what my career goals are, or have I allowed distractions to creep in or worse still other people’s plans to hijack mine? Am I on track but merely coasting and plodding along? Or have I encountered the dreaded stage fright of not being able to quite take the leap that I know I need to, in order to get where I want to go?
If you were to conduct a quarterly review on your 2015 plans, how would your rate your performance?
We all know that if you want to succeed in any aspect of your life, be it your career, your health, your financial and/or personal goals you need to master the art of focus. Simply desiring something is not enough. It takes getting clear about your purpose – and your why – and then getting about the business of making it happen.
As Steve Jobs also famously pointed out, focus is also about saying No. Described as a talented editor he was highly regarded for knowing what and what not to include in a product and project: ‘People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully’. Learning how to say ‘No’ allows us to develop the laser-like focus that saves us from running off in 20 different directions.
I would encourage you take the time in the coming weeks to stop and reflect on how your first few months have unfolded. Celebrate any milestones; identify the distractions and check to ensure that you are still on YOUR track for creating the career path that you want. Consider the following in your time of reflection:
Laser-like focus means aligning ALL of your beliefs, thoughts and efforts with your goal – day in and day out. It doesn’t mean that there won’t be challenges, new scenarios to navigate or unexpected events that arise. It does however ensure that we remain connected to our purpose and subsequently prevents us from being sidelined by the agendas and timelines of others. Quite simply, mastering the art of focus helps us remain on OUR track and reach our goals both personally and professionally.
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