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BLOG: Let's Keep Focused

We learn to become effective when we decide to become selective. Nothing is a powerful as a focused life.The people who make the greatest difference in life are the most focused.

Okay, we’re two weeks into the New Year, so how are those resolutions going? Are they starting to feel like a new normal in your daily routine? The key to creating a new normal in our lifestyle is to keep focused on our goal. Philippian 3:15, The Message paraphrase says, “Let’s keep focused…those of us who want everything that God has for us.” 

It’s human nature to get distracted. We’re like gyroscopes at times, spinning around at a frantic pace but not getting anywhere. Without a clear purpose we tend to keep changing directions, jobs, relationships, churches, etc., hoping each change will settle the confusion or fill the emptiness in our heart.  We think, “This time it will be different,” but it doesn’t solve our real problem—lack of focus.

We learn to become effective when we decide to become selective. The power of focus can be seen in light. With a magnifying glass the rays of the sun can set paper on fire. But when light is focused even more as a laser beam, it can cut through steel. Nothing is a powerful as a focused life. The people who make the greatest difference in life are the most focused. For instance, the apostle Paul said, “I am bringing all my energies to bear of this one thing” Philippians 3:13, The Living Bible. Paul’s obsession was to make the love of Christ known to everyone everywhere. So, if you want your life to have an impact, focus it. Stop dabbling. Stop trying to do it all. Do less. Turn away from even good activities and do only what matters most. Never confuse activity from productivity.

Poet William Matthews wrote, “One well cultivated talent, deepened and enlarged, is worth a hundred shallow faculties. The first law of success in this day when so many things are clamoring for our attention is concentration—to bend our energies to one point, and to go directly to that point, looking neither to the right nor to the left.”

So, does focus come easily or naturally? You bet it doesn’t. It is a discipline that must be practiced very day. Happy focusing as you keep on shaping your New Year! 

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Maribel Ibrahim January 16, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I love this post! As a person that is famous for overcomitting myself, this is the year I streamline. Thanks for the reminder. I gave myself a personal curfew, which is really helping me focus on what's important. (http://severnapark.patch.com/blog_posts/blog-the-frugal-writer-my-dirty-little-secret)
Gloria Dietz January 18, 2012 at 10:02 PM
This part really jumped out at me.... "Without a clear purpose we tend to keep changing directions, jobs, relationships, churches, etc., hoping each change will settle the confusion or fill the emptiness in our heart. We think, “This time it will be different,” but it doesn’t solve our real problem—lack of focus."
Dan Mucci January 19, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Thank you Maribel, so many of us find this to be a constant challenge in our fast paced lives. The need to constantly reevaluate is a good practice and one that I continually have to work at myself. The personal curfew for sleep and improving health is a great example of a small life change that will make a huge difference. I appreciate your comment.
Dan Mucci January 19, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Thank you Gloria for sharing the part that jumped out at you. We often don't realize that many of the changes we make are symptoms of a greater need in our lives. You nailed it on this. Lack of focus can send us in so many different directions and still unsatisfied. Hope the thought helped, inspired or was useful in some way.

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