Various people may have different definition for the word “Focus”, as for me; Focus is the ability to concentrate on the most important thing per time. As human, we have several things demanding for our attention and resources, however, only a very few of them really add meaningful value to our life. Our ability to identify the things that really matters and focus on them determines how successful we eventually become in life. We all complain about insufficient resources due to lack of focus. We spread our resources thinly over a wide variety of issues which are constantly demanding for our attention. We want to achieve everything simultaneously without bothering to first identify what are the things among the list of our “doables” are really important to us. Hence, we overstretch our resources – materials, money and time to the point where they are no longer effective and viable to achieve any significant result.
The critical Point of viability
Every resource has what I refer to as the critical Point of viability. This is the limit beyond which a particular resource loses its efficacy. When any resource is deployed below this point it loses its viability and consequently its capacity to make meaningful impact. Most people often commit themselves to too many issues; consequently, they stretch their resources beyond the critical point of viability. This habit ultimately leads to a life that is full of activities without anything tangible to show for it. This is how large chunk of people live their lives, plenty of activities without result.
Can Sun Rays Set Paper Ablaze?
For you to appreciate the power of focus, let me use an experiment performed in my elementary physics class. If you were in science class during your secondary school, you would most likely have read about or performed the experiment yourself. Ordinarily, we know that no matter how hot the sun is on the surface of the earth, it cannot set a piece of paper ablaze. However, in this experiment a converging lens was used to converge and focus sun rays on a particular point on a piece of paper to set the paper on fire. Just by focusing seemingly ordinary warm sun rays, it becomes more potent and powerful enough to set a piece of paper ablaze. Similarly, human efforts or resources become more potent and powerful when they are deliberately focused on a specific goal.
The Pareto Principle – The 80-20 Rule
In 1906, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto created a mathematical formula to describe the unequal distribution of wealth in his country. He observed that twenty percent of the people owned eighty percent of the wealth. This principle has been found to be applicable to various human endeavors, including the way we manage our resources and live our life. Briefly, the Pareto principle can be stated as follows: in anything a few (20 percent) are vital and many (80 percent) are trivial. Pareto Principle is simply saying that the majority of results come from a minority of inputs. That is, only 20 percent of our efforts produce 80 percent of result we get in life. If only 20 percent of our efforts produce bulk of the result we get in life, then, what happen to the remaining 80 percent? Wasted? Yes large chunk of our efforts are expended on things which are which are far less impactful to our lives. Imagine what your life will look like if you focus 80 percent of your efforts on things that really matters.
Minding What you Focus on
Applying the Pareto principle, it can be logically concluded that majority of results we achieve in life come from the minority of things we devout our resources to. What this means is that, it is not a matter of just being focused but more importantly, do you focus on things which are really important? Remember my definition: “Focus is the ability to concentrate on the most important thing per time.” The most important things are those few issues of life, 20 percent or probably less that produce 80 percent or more of the result you get in life.
You need to constantly keep it in mind that; things that produce tremendous result in our lives are always very few. The secret of living your dreams is to identify those few things that make the difference between success and failure and focus on them only. You can taketheLEAD of your life and live your dreams by identifying those things that give you great results and concentrate all your efforts ONLY on those things. Before you give attention to that project or commit yourself to anything, always ask yourself this question, will this lead me closer to realization of my goals and vision? Is this in harmony with my vision? If the answer is no; that project definitely is one of those several trivial things which are trying to divert your attention from those few things that will produce the great and desirable result in your life. My advice; please run away from such things. You can achieve more and live your dreams by focusing on what matter most.
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