One of the most common, and easy to identify, issues that would cause you to be unable to focus is that you aren’t really clear about exactly what your goals are. It sounds too simple to be an issue, but most of us have done it before.
Sometimes people say they want things that they really don’t want. It’s easy for someone to say that they want to own a business, but most people aren’t willing — or maybe just aren’t ready — to do the work it takes to build one. That could be because of fear, complacency, or any number of reasons.
People end up mistaking wishes for goals and then going through the motions to convince themselves that they are actually out here chasing their dreams. What do I mean by that? People set “goals” like “I want to own a business” or “I will make to $1 Million this year”.
Those aren’t goals. Those are wishes.
We tend to forget how important it is to be crystal clear about what it is we want. That’s not so that the Universe can give you what you are asking for, it’s so that you know exactly what you need to do to make it a reality.
A wish becomes a goal when you put specific actions behind it to make it happen. It’s not enough to say, “I want to own a business” or “I will make to $1 Million this year”.
- Are you using the SMART method to define your goals?
- Are you taking the time to identify specific actions you need to take to accomplish those goals?
- Are you prioritizing the actions you take every day to maximize your effort?
If not, these are all things you should be doing. Once you know exactly what you want to achieve and the specific actions you need to take to make that happen, it will be much easier to focus.
In my Effective Time Management for Entrepreneurs course, I teach people exactly how to do this. Even if you don’t have or don’t want a business, you probably still have goals you’d like to accomplish. This course can still help you.
Once you’re able to go through the process of properly defining your goals and identifying the steps you need to take to accomplish those goals, it will be much easier to focus, because you’ll know what you need to focus on. Make sense?
If you need help with these steps, enroll in my course and let’s figure out what part you’re missing. It’s an online course so you can take it at your own pace, in your free time.