A Quick Tip For People Who Lack Focus

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written from the middle of the Redwood Forest in Northern California

[stag_intro]I struggle with staying on task.[/stag_intro]

Over the last few years I’ve had several different projects, countless blogs, and more business ideas than I have notebooks. It’s part of who I am.

I’m an idea guy.

But more than anything I want to be an action guy. Something that has helped me focus is developing an ability to be content with small steps.

I want to write a book. I can’t wait, it’s my dream. But as of today I still haven’t mastered the habit of writing as much as I would like. I have a blog, videos, road trip, RV, and a wife to keep me busy. I’m still trying to figure out how to work my passion into all of life’s little businesses. Until I figure out how to write and keep up with life, I won’t be able to successfully write a book. Until then, I’m going to take care of the first baby step: keeping up with my blog.

Once I keep up with my blog and feel confident I can handle more, I’ll begin working on my book. Looking back on my failures, I’ve realized most of the times I failed weren’t because I was inadequate at the job, but it was because I was trying to do too much at once.

The secret of life is focusing so strongly on one task that you forget everything else.

This doesn’t mean that I don’t have other things going on, but I care a lot more about what I say yes to now. I have priorities, if you will. I used to jump at any opportunity that came my way for fear of missing out, but now I take a step back and think first. If it doesn’t align with what I’m doing right now, then I’m not interested.

It’s easier said than done. But if you’re tired and don’t feel like you’re getting anything done, it’s probably because you aren’t. It’s a symptom of trying to do it all. Trying to be productive at everything usually makes you productive at nothing.

Quit trying so hard and focus on what really matters, the rest can wait.