What does it mean to be focussed? The importance of being focussed in life
“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” ― Zig Ziglar
We all have the same number of hours for a day as well as the same variety of distractions. Yet, very few can reach the goal they have set. Very few stay focused on their aims in life. We are all equal but only a few manage to reach success, most only manage to survive.
Distractions in the present world are not only ever-changing but also improving. However, distractions have always existed but have never been so easily accessible. Not only have the distractions gained our focus, but also reduced our power of retention.
Going back a hundred years ago, there existed no movies or cinema. Books were the way for the people to find relaxation and it took a couple of days to get it done. But soon emerged the movies that gave easy pleasure in a far lesser amount of time. And now we are bogged down in a mire of YouTube and video platforms only to be surpassed by TikTok and Instagram reels that last only for seconds.
So, what has our useless fad of wasting time on Facebook and other social media sites got to do with focus? Well, time is a precious commodity and can never be recovered. Every second wasted is gone forever. Granted that the variety of stupidity on social media is attractive, repeatedly spending time doing nothing productive there isn’t going to get you perfection. It is only going to make the owners of the company rich while you become an addict.
The easy access to distraction and instant pleasure has numbed our senses from using our brains for problem-solving and hard work. We have traded our ability to learn from theory and practicality for high-speed internet to see that cat fall from the stool for the nth time. Doing something repeatedly will not make you perfect but doing something tangible under monitored time and focus gets you perfection.
Lack of focus in life leads to failure and health problems. Completing work without focus reduces the ability for retention and consequently one is not able to remember things correctly. This lack of retention or dull memory can in turn make the person more anxious.
However, if you were focused on life then you’d undoubtedly feel more positive and in control of your life. Knowing what you want in life directs your determination on where you want to be. If you focus on your aim then you’ll commit your skills to reach your goals. By focusing on the aspects of achieving your goal, you’ll have clarity on what needs to be done.
With focus, problems become opportunities, and here are some other benefits of being focused in life.
Gain Control of Your Life
When you are focused, you pay attention to your plan, take control of your daily routine and chase away distractions. Yes, unexpected things will sure barge in, but you’ll nonetheless be prepared to face and tame them. Fear and insecurities will keep prowling around you but when you know where you have to go, you’ll also find a way to reach your destination.
Being focused on what you want to achieve is in itself a positive feeling. Besides, success comes in small packages, and your focus to achieve it one step at a time will frequently give you the pleasure of success and a feeling of positivity. Focus is a system that keeps reinforcing itself.
You’ll Uncover the Real You
Focusing on your goals will attract problems and your determination to face and resolve them will teach you more about yourself. Even if something didn’t go as per your plan, there are still lessons there to learn. If you persist, you’ll find a way through and the lesson learnt will only grow stronger your belief in you.
Focus takes you from point A to B through the narrow lane of challenges. Your awareness and commitment to succeed will provide you the opportunity to solve the problems, possibly in a creative way. Thus, persistent focus to reach your goal will steadily develop your problem-solving ability, one challenge at a time.