The challenge of focus

As you’ve refined your one thing for 2014, the challenge becomes practicing seeing yourself as successful in it at the end of 2014. Remember “what you think about comes about”?

If you’re like me, there will be moments, days, even weeks of choosing other thoughts about that one thing or not even thinking about it. Does this mean failure? No. It doesn’t.

It means that when we catch ourselves not inching ahead to our 2014 one thing, we are presented with the opportunity to imagine our success, bringing that into back into focus rather than “I am such a slug, a failure, no good, why do I try?” Has that kind of self talk worked for you before? Of course not. Accept that you’ve forgotten or shied from focusing on this one thing you’ve chosen and begin where you are. Again. And again. As many times as needed.

No need to wait until tomorrow either. You can begin again right now. Use this weekly note to imagine yourself achieving what you’ve set out to do. Counting today that would mean fifty times to refocus on your one thing.

There’s no trick to consistently visioning yourself in the success you’ve set for yourself. It is about setting up systems to bring you back to it if you are like most of us who allow distraction to take us off course. That is more common than those who don’t veer off. Using this Monday encouragement to take a few moments to imagine yourself as successful in your one thing would be such a system.

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Are you working on your one thing? I am and I am finding it liberating. Last week it was about learning new technology and this week it is about asking for what I want.

Given our desire to accomplish our one things throughout 2014, next week we’ll start a series on focus. It’s easy to focus in the beginning of an initiative. Not so easy as the days go by, interruptions interrupt, and distractions distract.

Got grit

I am liking this “grit” idea here at the end of 2013. I gritted some things out in 2013. I bet you did, too. I will do so again in 2014 because I choose to. You?

There isn’t anything magic about it. “Unfortunately,” says the I-want-a-magic-wand me.

I know the word “grit”; it isn’t a new word to me. That quote I gave you last week struck me anew in an article I’d recently read. And that fellow shared a video I had seen before about a disabled veteran who exhibited I-want-some-of-that-kinda grit.

We giggle when babies are learning to walk and they fall on their little padded bottoms. We cheer them on to try again. No cheering here. No padding to cushion bruised ego. He isn’t a “star”, he isn’t breathing beach air or living in a lux manse. No. He is gritting it out in plain circumstances toward an unknown outcome on camera.

The video’s less than five minutes. Do yourself a favor and load up your own grit, to say to yourself “Well, if he can do that, I can do [your one thing].”

Determination and discipline are the results of motivation. Are you motivated rightly?

If your one thing for 2014 doesn’t deep-in-your-gut motivate you, determination and discipline skitter away on your last “Auld Lang Syne.” If your one thing is about “oughts” and “shoulds”, don’t bother. For grit to hold, to last, to push through, that motivation must come from a different part of your being.

Look hopefully and with joy into 2014. No matter your circumstances, you can get to the end of it having achieved what you determine to achieve. It’ll take grit. Day in and day out. There will be days when you don’t do what you committed to. This is not failure. Failure is not starting up again. Not being gritty. Let’s be gritty together in 2014.