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Principles of staying focused


PORT MORESBY – Is one of our greatest struggles the struggle to stay focused?

Is it a truth that not one of us was born to stay focused?

Staying focused seems to be something we learn in life. Didn’t seem to be born with it.

Maybe I can share some principles to help us stay focused. Or, if not you, maybe me.

Eliminate distractions. I believe distraction is the enemy of focus because once when we’ve found distraction, we’ve lost focus.

Be mindful of time. When we squander time, we’ve lost focus.

Have both short and long term goals. Without goals we are pushed by life’s currents, carried to and fro going we’re not sure where.

Don’t spend too much time with unfocused people. You will catch unfocus. Now, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t spend time with family members and close friends or colleagues. We’re social beings after all. But we also want to accomplish.

Always be mindful of your priorities. Sometimes when we lose focus, our priorities get messed up. One way to focus is to do today what needs to be done today. Zig Ziglar said, “Yesterday ended last night. Today is a brand new day and it’s yours.” I say, “Do it now!”

When we stay focused, we can see success as achievable. Podcaster John Lee Dumas uses the word F.O.C.U.S as an acronym for: “Follow One Course Until Success.”

Staying focused helps to accomplish what we should accomplish.

Maybe these few principles will help.

I must focus on that.


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Pritchard Tabali

Justin, we truly are living in a society that wants instant gratification and multitasking, which makes it harder for people to focus on one thing at a time.

I recall a statement found in John Maxwell's book 'Today Matters,' where he quoted the following statement:

To know the value of one year.. ask the student who failed the final exam.
To know the value of one month . . . ask the mother of a premature baby.
To know the value of one week . . . ask the editor of a weekly newsmagazine.
To know the value of one day . . . ask the wage earner who has six children.
To know the value of one hour . . . ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To know the value of one minute . . . ask the person who missed the plane.
To know the value of one second . . . ask the person who survived the accident.
To know the value of one millisecond . . . ask the Olympic silver medalist.

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