Achievable focus takes the “almost” out of your push for success in any context.
Have you gotten so close to achieving an important goal—you can almost taste success—only to find success slips through your fingers?
Therefore, your targeted opportunity suddenly vanishes or a focused competitor swoops in and you’re out. The prospect stays a prospect; the deal does not become a deal; your projected income is zero.
You can want something—a new client account, a new job, a new business, or a second shot at anything—very badly or urgently, but your need alone may not be enough to achieve what you want.
Desire may get you close, but if your focus is even slightly off center or your concentration lapses, success may slip through your fingers.
The truly discouraging truth is that lose your focus and “your success” can slip right into a observant competitor’s hands.
To “focus” means to strategically direct and intensively concentrate your attention, activity, resources, and what is necessary for a goal—“your point.”
As an achievement strategist, key skills lie in achieving and applying what I call Achievable Focus for clients. To me, the distinction between “focus” and “achievable focus” is the difference between “almost successful” and “completely successful,” or almost making your point and making it with a memorable bang for target clients.
No magic or secrets here.
This is well within the skills of an experienced professional, like you.
Focus is not an achievement asset if you lack clarity.
Achievable focus will elude you…
#1. …if you are not completely clear what your point is to achieve your goal.
#2. …if you do not “cut the crap” that has been holding you back and will continue to do so until you let go of the past and commit to moving Onward & Upward, the only directions that really matter!
#3. …if you do not know “Who your WHO is?” so that you can concentrate your focus on the ideal target client for your business efforts.
#4. …if you do not commit to a success that includes having your WHO stick with you, not just open an email offer, download a click magnet, attend an event, or click on your marketing ploy.
Add the preceding four focus elements together and you have created powerful achievable focus. You know what you want to achieve, why, and for whom, so success is crystal clear and your achievement strategies and focus are equally clear.
Weakness or lack of focus with any one element makes success elusive. For instance, #2 Cut The Crap above includes:
- Stop making excuses
- Stop blaming others
- Stop obsessing on why you haven’t been successful so far
- Drop that and all unproductive baggage that is holding you back.
I’m not expecting you to do all the above immediately, collectively, consistently, and permanently. The first step is becoming aware of your ingrained bad habits and counter-productive patterns of behavior in the context of one goal. We all have room for improvement whether we realize if or not.
As an experienced professional, you can make a serious commitment to suspend your crap as part of shifting to achievable focus. This will focus everything on the main point that you’ve chosen as your top priority.
For instance, the path to achievable focus lies in answering these questions honestly—to yourself, no one else:
- What are my favorite excuses for not making my best effort?
- Who is holding me back from success?
- What “failure reruns” do I dredge up to explain why it’s not my fault things did not work out?
- What are the top three roadblocks to my success? For example, screen obsession, multitasking, or mental clutter
May I share an example that was directed to real estate and financial professionals? The intent was to help their clients achieve a common and compelling goal—one you may have, too. In helping their prospects make decisions about their goals, the professionals may achieve successful client relationships: Five “Grass Greener?” Challenges in Paradise [article to be posted soon]
Tip #1: Achievable Focus: If the above effort seems too much based on what you want to achieve, you’ve picked the wrong goal or point to start with. Fix that lack of focus first.
Achievable focus achieves success.
Source: “What’s Your Point?: Cut The Carp, Hit The Mark & Stick!” by PJ Wade. Print book coming soon.
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