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Is Your Focus Narrow Enough?

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Is Your Focus Narrow Enough?

For the motivated and ambitious, it is easy to, as they say, “bite off more than you can chew.”

For the curious and entrepreneurial at heart, the world can seem like an ever-growing candy store, introducing and provoking countless new ideas and presenting a never-ending stream of enticing possibilities.

It is exciting. The intoxication and adrenaline can carry you far.  It can also be overwhelming and lead to exhaustion.

Despite your desire to do it all, trying to do it all can cost you.

“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”  –Steve Jobs

If you lead others this is especially important, because too broad a focus can become the source of overwhelm for others.

So whatever grand plans you may have for the year ahead, consider taking a breath and asking yourself this question:

Here’s a simple test to help you answer this question:

1. Are you clear about what you want to achieve and why you want to achieve it?
2. Can you state your goal or focus simply?  (Try expressing it in the length of a tweet – 140 characters or less!)
3. Are you consistently excited and in action (or more often overwhelmed and experiencing resistance)?
4. Have you made meaningful, satisfying progress this day/week/month?
5. How do the people you lead answer these questions?

Remember that achieving clarity, simplicity, and focus is a process.

After all, with each step you take, you are likely to discover much you didn’t know about what it will take to succeed.

Now go move mountains.  The world needs the best of you and those you lead now more than ever.

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