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Focus. Everyone wants focus.

Focus helps you to niche down and become intent on accomplishing one specific goal. And that’s what we need as leaders.

We need to be able to narrow our vision and focus in on the next steps we need to take.

But how do we do this? How do we find focus and go for it?

Don't miss out on focusing on the most important things

Image by Ben Smith

John Lee Dumas over at Entrepreneur On Fire has a great acronym for focus. Follow One Course Until Success.

Boom! Can you see how this is valuable to a leader? Going straight ahead, following one course, committing to action. It all leads to success.

But with so many shiny objects and, oh squirrel!, different paths to choose, finding focus can be quite difficult. You can also find shiny objects that call for your focus but don’t deserve it.

It’s that time of year again. The Catalyst leadership conference in Atlanta will be happening next week, October 1st through the 3rd.

So many great leaders will be presenting their thoughts and ideas to the crowd of over 13,000 young leaders.

Catalyst Atlanta 2014 Blogger meetup

Lives will be changed at the conference. Destinies will be realized. And an amazing blogger meetup will happen.

Paul Sohn and I have put together a great night on October 1st at California Dreaming in Atlanta, Georgia.

We hope that you can make it out to the meetup. Not only would you get to meet Paul and myself, you’ll have the opportunity to mingle and connect with many other young leaders and bloggers.

We really wanted to make this night special. And we think we’ve accomplished that.

The Shattering Of Trust

September 12, 2014 — 10 Comments

It’s confession time. As a young person, I used to love comics. Like seriously love comic books.

Every Tuesday I would head to the local comic shops: Homerun Comics, Lange’s Sports Connection, Campus Sports, and one other comic book store I can’t recall the name of (But I can recall the owners, the location, and even the smell of the store).

Comics were huge to me. They also caused my trust to be shattered in a way that still sticks with me.

A love of reading and comic books with X-Man Beast

Image by Dashu Pagla

Even today, I can vividly remember the day my heart sunk and I was devastated. What could cause my young heart to be crushed?

The cause was a letter I received in the mail. It wasn’t a Dear John letter or a letter informing me of some tragic event.

Pam and I recently took a walk along the Muskegon Channel. The plan was to spend a few minutes walking and feeding the mallard ducks that inhabited the channel.

We fed the ducks and a swan. Afterwards, we walked towards the end of the pier and turned around.

As we made our way back to our vehicle, there was an opportunity to meet someone new.

Meeting people isn't scary

Meeting someone new doesn’t have to be this scary / Image by GViciano

He was a fisherman. Throwing his fishing line into the water, trying to catch walleye. He also had a name, Al, and a story to tell.

Passing him by, I decided to throw out the question you ask fishermen, “Have you caught anything today?”

This simple question led us to learn about the life of Al, and that of his father’s. We met someone new and we learned quite a bit.

Who doesn’t want to do good? There’s an innate feeling within each and every one of us that we want to do good even though we live in a fallen world.

Talk to anyone on the street. You’ll be hard pressed to find someone who truly wants to do evil.

Don't grow weary like this hog

Image by Noah G.

While most people want to do good, they find it hard to continuously do good. Eventually they become weary and worn out.

There’s an interesting scripture in the Bible (I know, not all of you believe in the Bible. If you’re someone who doesn’t, please bear with me). Galatians 6:9 recognizes the fact doing good can make us weary. Here it is:

“Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”