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How To Develop Laser-Like Focus And Easily Achieve Your Goals

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How To Develop Laser-Like Focus And Easily Achieve Your Goals
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If you want to succeed in life, if you want to get what you desire most, if you want to achieve your goals… you need to master the art of focus.

And of course, this doesn’t only apply to succeeding in your business, advancing your career or improving your financial situation. It holds true for every aspect of your life: finding more fulfillment, creating better relationships, advancing on your spiritual path, improving your health, learning a new set of skills…

One of the main reason for failure (in any area of life) is the lack of focus. If you are not laser-like focused on what you want, it will either be very difficult for you to obtain it or it will take much longer than necessary.

On the other hand, if you can master the art of focus it will be relatively easy for you to reach your goals and you will be able to make it happen really fast.

Focus means nothing else than identifying your most important “task” and giving 100% of your attention to it. You melt with your task, you become one with it and there is nothing else.

There are no disturbing thoughts that have nothing to do with your task, no wandering mind, there is no multi-tasking, no web surfing or checking your emails… you are completely immersed in whatever you identified as your primary task to reach your goal.

And, when I’m talking about this “most important task”, it could be anything: a specific work task, a vision you hold in your mind, a specific way to treat your partner, a set of daily rules and habits…

It is something that should always be at least at the back of your mind. A part of you should always be in a state where you see yourself as having already achieved your goal. Over time, this will become your personal guidance system that will immediately tell you as soon as you start moving away from your goal, so that you can instantly re-focus.

Attaining and keeping this state of laser like focus takes some practice, discipline and time. People often think they are focused, but in most cases they are not.

Yes, they may be working on an important task, but their mind is wondering around, they are thinking about something else, they may be checking their emails every 30 minutes or getting distracted by all sorts of things that are going on around them…

They may be sincerely wishing to improve their relationship, but then they keep on doing the same things that harm their relationship…

They may have a strong desire to improve their financial situation, they take some important actions, but at the same time they remain locked in a state of fear and worry of slipping into poverty…

Laser-like focus means, ALL your beliefs, thoughts, feelings and actions are fully aligned with your goal – all day long, day in, day out.

If you want to succeed financially, you cannot hold on to beliefs like: money is bad, money corrupts people, or that you will never be rich, because you don’t have the right education…

If you want to lose weight, it is not a good idea to eat two tablets of chocolate every day, you are not focused when you look into the mirror every day and tell yourself that you are fat…

Your focus needs to become your life attitude. You need to start living and breathing the complete alignment with your goal every second of your life.
 

A few simple ideas to get more focused:

I recommend you stop every now and then and ask yourself if you are really focused and aligned or if you are walking in the opposite direction of where you want to go. Whenever you realize that you are not fully focused, simply bring the focus back. Be patient and use a playful attitude. Developing a sharp focus takes some time and practice.

It is also a great idea to keep a daily diary and to make a note of everything that distracts you. Make a note of all your beliefs, thoughts, feelings and actions that are not aligned with your goal. That way, you became more aware of the things that disturb your focus and it will be much easier to get rid of them.

Once you become aware of your main distracters, make a firm resolution to let go of those thoughts, habits, actions… that keep you from reaching your goal.
 

However, before you can apply a laser like focus, a few other requirements need to be handled first:

#1 – Get a crystal clear vision of what you want:

You are not applying focus just for the sake of applying focus. You are using your focus to achieve your goals. And, this means, first you need to get absolutely clear what you want.

What drives you, what excites you, what will pull you forward? This is about what you want, not what your parents want, not what your friends may think is great, not what your society thinks is worthwhile to achieve…

If you connect with your passion, with your heart’s desire, it will be relatively easy and natural to remain fully focused on your goal. You will literally be pulled towards your goal.

On the other hand, if you do something that doesn’t really correspond with your heart’s desire – for example, because you want to impress someone or feel more respected in your society… – keeping a strong focus will be very difficult and you will constantly need to push yourself.

Also, if you have a crystal clear vision of what you want, you will be able to come up with a great plan on how to achieve your goal and the clearer and more lively your vision is the more drive and energy you will find to make it happen.
 

#2 – Create a plan:

Once you have a clear vision of what you want, you can get started to create a plan on how to get there. Depending on the complexity of your goal, you may need to do some research, read some autobiographies and books… to identify the required action steps.

Your first plan won’t be perfect, but it will be good enough to get you started. Don’t worry to get everything perfect right from the start – it is impossible. Just keep on learning, take action, move forward and adapt your plan as you go.

At the beginning, you won’t have all the elements, but the stronger your focus grows, the more ideas, people, strategies, action steps… to achieve your goal will be attracted into your life.
 

#3 – Identify your most important tasks and fully focus on them:

Once you have a basic plan, identify the most important steps and tasks. Those are the tasks you need to focus on. There will be one or a few major tasks and maybe hundreds of other tasks and you won’t be able to get everything done, and that’s fine.

Just focus on the most important things – the habits, thought patterns, action steps… that provide the quickest way towards your goals.
 

At this stage, you know pretty well what needs to be done and what needs to be avoided and all you have to do is to direct your focus towards those things that are aligned with your goal and retract your focus from everything that is not aligned with your goal.
 

I know, it’s easier said than done and that’s why I would like to provide you with some additional tips to make it easier for you to focus:

  • Be aware that the more you focus, the faster you will reach your goal and the more you will ENJOY your life. This may be a bit uncomfortable at the beginning, but only at the beginning. Soon it will become a new habit and you will be “flying” towards your goal.
  • All those things that “distract” you: endlessly surfing the web, thinking the same old (negative) thoughts again and again, watching too many videos on YouTube, eating the wrong foods, not going for a run… may feel comfortable in the short run, but they hurt you in the long run, because they keep you from living the life of your dreams – and nothing hurts more.
  • Don’t get discouraged and lose your focus if things don’t work out immediately. Simply commit to give your best, keep going, enjoy yourself and be proud of yourself. That’s really all you can do and that’s all you need to do to make your dreams come true.

 


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  1. Sebastian  November 8, 2013

    This question will be more in general. I have more than one passion: boxing, bodybuilding, singing, guitar.

    And now with my blog: writing and making YouTube videos.

    I can think of one being more important than the other. I’ve heard that you have to focus on one passion and take it to the max, but is it ok if I have this many? I do all of them each week, and I’m slowly improving in all of them.
    Sebastian recently posted…Fear Of Failure… Screw That

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    • Robert Spadinger  November 10, 2013

      Hi Sebastian. I’d say, the most important thing is to listen to your heart and to do what feels best for you at this moment. In a calm moment, imagine keeping on pursuing all of your hobbies – doing what you are doing right now – how does this feel? Do you get excited about the idea? Now, imagine you fully focus on only one of your hobbies and you let go of everything else, how does this feel? The way you feel is usually the best guide in your life when it comes to making a choice what to do – it is your perfect inner GPS.

      Yes, it is true, if you want to become very successful you should not scatter your energy and you should fully focus on what’s most important for you. But for YOU, the time may not be just yet to pick your favorite passion. Maybe you you will go on doing for another 6 months what you are doing right now and then (naturally) you come to the conclusion that you like singing more than anything else and you will slowly let go of your other hobbies…

      Bu then, the impulse will have come from your heart and not from your rational mind that may tell you: “ok, if you wan to be a superstar, you need to do A then, B… forget about X and Y…). what our society calls “success” isn’t really that important (on a soul level), what’s more important than anything else is that you experience a maximum amount of joy and happiness in your life and to use it to uplift others as well.

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      • Sebastian  November 15, 2013

        Good point. The thing is that, all of them are important for me.

        And my passion is not necessarily becoming a super star in one in particular. Although I have every intention to master all of them.

        My passion has always been proving that the impossible can be done. I’ve loved music my whole life but was convinced I had no talent and couldn’t sing. When I perform for people, it’s like I flipped the middle finger to what my life showed me.

        Same for the rest. I was the fat kid of my class. I did a bodybuilding show this past summer. Same with boxing. I was bullied growing up. Now I have no problem facing anyone.

        Same with the YouTube videos. I had a stutter growing up and was extremely shy. I now do comedy videos every week and expose myself to an audience. I can’t imagine myself stopping any of these passions because each passion represents my overall biggest passions.

        Turning a weakness into a strength. Daring to do the impossible. Proving that anything can be done.

        Plus, this is where my credibility comes from. See, I love to write about insights about life. But most people just do that write. Where’s the proof that people are having an awesome life with the stuff they’re teaching?

        I have videos of all my passions to show my audience that I walk the talk if you know what I mean.
        Sebastian recently posted…My Fat Spouse… Why God?!?!

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        • Robert Spadinger  November 17, 2013

          Seems like you are right on track Sebastian. There are always 2 sides fighting against each other: your heart and logic or reasoning. I’d say, just follow your passion and do what excites you most.

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  2. richmiraclefiles  November 11, 2013

    Hi Robert,
    Focus and planning go hand in hand.How do you make a good plan?Well there is a plethora of theories on planning,in various categories of planning.All very significant in their own way.Yet what the ordinary guy is looking for is a thumb rule,a template that can be applied in all situations.Now the simplest template I have found to make a good plan,for any situation,any task is three easy steps.

    Select an end point of the task.This has to be very specific,very clear,and important.It must be top priority.

    Find options and look for alternative solutions. Select the best course of executing your task.

    · Make your plan time specific and write down your plan.Execute it as closely as possible to the structure envisaged.
    Thanks
    Mona
    richmiraclefiles recently posted…Unspoken Pitfalls Lurking Within Our ” Inter-People” Concepts

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    • Robert Spadinger  November 11, 2013

      Hi Mona – thanks a lot for your great tip. I really like the idea of setting an end point first for a top-priority task.

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  3. Maria N.  January 27, 2014

    Thank you very much Robert, I like your article. It’s very helpful for me and my team.I want to let you know how much I appreciate you and your teachings. And also thank you to Sebastian and Mona for the comments. Brightest Blessings! . Maria N. – http://www.vitalityabundanceblog.com

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    • Robert Spadinger  January 27, 2014

      Hi Maria – thank you so much for your amazing comment, this really touches me a lot. Brightest Blessings to you as well 🙂

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  4. Maria  January 27, 2014

    You are welcome Robert….Thank you….. This is correct: http://www.vitalityabundanceblog.info
    All the best. Nithyanandam!

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  5. dhruv  February 23, 2014

    hi robert !
    the above article of yours was really good! it did enlighten me on stuff, i think i should start maintaining a ‘distraction diary’ . i had a question, i am a 12th grader with my final exams approaching , could you give me some tips , on you know , how to START focusing and maintaining it for a long time?

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    • Robert Spadinger  February 24, 2014

      There are various possibilities to maintain your focus – some of them are outlined in the article. The easiest way to maintain your focus is to fall in love with what you need to do (your exam preparation). I know you probably want to get this behind you as quickly as possible, but try to change your attitude towards this task. You have to do it anyway, there isn’t really a way out – right? So, why not do it with all your love and passion. Use your creativity, have fun, approach it like a passionate musician who writes a new song. Get fully immersed in your task, nearly obsessed with it (in a positive way) for the relatively short period of preparing your exams.

      That way, you will be excited, passionate and in the flow most of the time focus won’t be an issue – it will happen naturally. On the other hand, if you approach this task as something annoying, boring, dreadful… something you just want to get over with, you will experience this period of exam prep. in exactly that way: boring, dreadful…

      You always get out what you put in! So, just have fun and approach it in a completely different way than what most people usually do.

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  6. Kyle B  March 7, 2014

    Great article! I really liked the connection that you made between focus and its effect on how quickly you can achieve success. What’s even more important is the happiness that you experience along the way.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  7. siya  May 30, 2015

    thank you!

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  8. Nagendra  July 5, 2015

    Thank you very much Robert for your beautiful article. Definitely it will help me in focusing on my most important goal.
    Nagendra recently posted…The Love That Will Shine Through Once Your Limiting Ego Starts Fading

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  9. Terence John  August 27, 2015

    Thank you for this bitter truth,

    ‘All those things that “distract” you: endlessly surfing the web, thinking the same old (negative) thoughts again and again, watching too many videos on YouTube, eating the wrong foods, not going for a run… may feel comfortable in the short run, but they hurt you in the long run, because they keep you from living the life of your dreams – and nothing hurts more.’

    It’s a wake-up call for me. I’m guilty with all those charges and it’s keeping me away from doing the important things.

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  10. Healer  September 8, 2015

    Though we are familiar with the wisdom but still its such a soothing feeling to read articles like these especialy when we need it the most and have completely forgotten the wisdom! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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