Where’s Your Focus?

Many leaders will begin with a clear focus on what’s important. They know the purpose of leadership.

To help others become better. To take others to places they couldn’t have gotten to alone. To show a path.

You can find your focus!

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Sadly, many leaders will lose there way. They’ll lose their focus. They’ll begin to wonder about what really matters.

At some point or another this happens to almost everyone. After you’ve seen success after success or failure after failure, you can easily lose your focus.

Why We Lose Our Focus

Focus can be a tricky thing to maintain for the long run. During the beginning, it’s easy to stay focused.

You have a targeted goal. You know what you’re aiming for. You have clearly defined metrics of success.

Yet after successes the next milestone becomes muddied. You can’t clearly see what the next step should be.

Or maybe you’ve experienced a failure. You were knocked down and bruised by a misstep. Your thoughts are now clouded by the past failure and you don’t know what to do next.

These are just a few of the reason why we lose our focus. And it’s why I want to ask you where’s your focus? What are you focusing on?

Finding Focus Again

We don’t have to be caught in this fog of uncertainty forever. We can change what we’re looking at and regain our focus once more.

There’s steps you can take to find focus. You can take action and become clear again.

How can we find focus again? Try these steps:

1. Remember your beginning: Going back to our roots can help us find focus again. Knowing where we came from and why we were leading in the first place can give us the kick in the pants we need to become focused.

2. Check your current status: Things change over time. Sometimes this includes where we need to focus our energies. Take stock of your current status. See where you’re at physically, mentally, and spiritually. Do they align with where you desire to be? If not, become laser focused on the steps you need to take to get there.

3. Set your goals: Setting goals is a sure-fire way to help you regain your focus. When you’ve got goals in sight, you’ve got something you can focus your attention on.

Our focus will come and go. Some days we’ll be laser focused and other days we’ll struggle to get going.

That’s why you need to remember your beginnings, check yourself, and to set goals. These 3 actions will help you maintain your focus and get you on the right path.

Question: Have you lost your focus? What are you doing to regain focus? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • I am always losing focus it seems. Too many distactions that I feel like I never get anything done. I am working on better goal setting and time management for 2015..hopefully ..what was I writing.. I forget..loss focus…squirrel!

    • I’ll be praying for you about this Charles! You can do it.

  • I swear I have ADHD. My mind goes in so many directions at the same time. I been getting in the habit on writing things down. So I can stay focused.

    • That’s a good way to corral it Jason.

      • Joe, I think you should write a follow up post on tools we can use to stay focused.

  • Goal setting and goal tracking is an interesting discipline. As I begin to set goals for 2015, I first look at my goals for 2014. How did I do? What went well? What didn’t go so well? I didn’t meet every single one of my goals, but I accomplished many. I think we often forget that there is an important discipline of goal modification. As the year goes on, it can become more obvious that some of our initial goals are just not right anymore. We need to be okay with making changes in these targets. I stay focused by communicating my goals to a few people (especially my wife and kids), so they can hold me accountable. Accountability definitely keeps me on track.

    • Loving the fact that you went back and reviewed your goals and saw what worked and what didn’t. This will more than help you as you take on the new year and new goals.