Focus is Everything:
The difference between success and failure is focus. Our ability to pick a task and stay with it as long as it takes; even when it is boring and uninteresting, is true focus. Our mind is a constant pleasure seeking mechanism. It wants to be stimulated all the time with something interesting. This nature of the mind makes it difficult to focus.
Focus takes a lot of self-introspection. Only when you have made a firm decision about doing something, only when you have fully understood the consequences of not getting to it, only when you have understood the pain and suffering associated with not getting what you are striving for, you can fully direct your attention to focus on what you need the most.
Success is a very simple phenomenon. Pick the routine of activities that lead to success and just stick with it. Fight all distractions that take you away from your task. Decide to be boring, decide to be miserable, and decide to remain unexcited about all the things happening around you. That is all success is.
One of the biggest distractions we need to face, especially in today’s day and age is digital distraction. It is so easy to get lost in all of our youtube videos, facebooks and twitters. It is so easy to forget that we have a goal to attain to. It is so easy, in today’s times to forget the purpose of your life and make somebody else’s life your business.
Always remember that you are paying the most precious commodity for all your entertainment; you are paying your time. Nothing, absolutely nothing is free in this world. If you think you are getting something for free, think about it twice. Reflect on what exactly is it costing you to get something for free.
With today’s technology and communication channels, a lot of information and entertainment is simply available for free. You can spend the rest of your life in front of youtube and you will still have not exhausted all the free entertainment that is available there. There is simply too much of free stuff available for us now. But they are in reality not free. You have to spend your time, and that is the catch.
Tremendous focus is required to step away from all our entertainments and distractions. There is a time to work, there is a time to play and there is a time to be entertained. Never there is a time for all these three things to coexist. There is a phase in our lives when we simply cannot afford to be entertained. Knowing that phase of life is extremely important.
Not that entertainment is all that bad, but it doesn’t serve any purpose to us if we are filled with certain dreams and desires. If you have already concluded that you will not work towards certain things, you simply want to live and enjoy life, then it is perfectly fine. But when you have chosen to accomplish something extraordinary, you simply cannot afford to lose your focus.