I am a creative person. My mind is continually spinning and thinking of new ways to do things, new mountains to climb, pretty much anything that is new can get my attention. That is great from a creative standpoint. It helps me come up with creative thoughts and ideas on how to do something that may have stumped other people.
The problem is FOCUS. I was laughing with my business partner the other day about our mutual problem. I sent him a picture of a pink squirrel to look at when he needed to focus. The problem is, I need it as much as he does.
When we get together it is a lot of fun because we toss around grand ideas and get fully energized. We can talk for hours about visionary plans. Here is what we both came to realize almost simultaneously, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” We can talk all day about great ideas, but if nothing is focused on and put into action, it is all for naught.
My word for 2015 is FOCUS. I want to look back on Dec. 31st of this year and see that my efforts were not in vain. I did not get sidetracked with a variety of good intentions or go down any dead end streets. I did not allow good things to sidetrack me from great things.
Here are some things I have learned that might be helpful for you:
- Find something you love to do then focus on that. If you love to do it you will be sustained in times when you are asking yourself that age old question we all ask from time to time, “What the heck am I doing?”
- By focusing on one main thing your creative energies can have more effect and are more likely to succeed. Tyler Perry said in an interview that FOCUSING on one thing was what allowed him to do all the other things he does now.
- When you focus your time, your money, your heart and soul on one thing, you are going to have clarity of purpose, and clarity of purpose is critical to achieving your goal. If you don’t care where you are going, it does not matter what road you take.
Here is the one caveat. Make sure that what you focus on is worthwhile. You can focus on something and realize years later that you were trying to ride a dead horse. I have been there and done that. I learned a lot…but it was the hard way. Focus in the wrong direction and you will get nowhere.
I hope this year will be a year of focus for you as well. May you be blessed in all you put your hands to, and may your focused efforts help you step into your God-given destiny.