Focus and particularly a balanced focus is so important in all areas of your life. Unfortunately, I all too often come across business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professional who get it wrong. They place their focus on the wrong things at the wrong times, sometimes with catastrophic consequences, including stress, ill health, broken marriages, children they no longer see, friends they no longer socialize with, the list goes on.
A lack of a balanced focus impacts all areas of our lives. If you’re not able to focus at work, you’re likely to be irritable and anxious at home. If you’re not focusing on your relationships as much as you should, it could impact your work. It’s a vicious cycle that must be broken before you can achieve the success of which you’re capable.
Without a balanced focus you can quickly become impatient with yourself, anxious about things that aren’t getting done and unable to achieve tasks that can take you and your business to the next rungs on the ladder of success. You may also feel guilty as you start to fight an internal conflict, you want to be at that special family occasion, but you have to get that proposal out for what could be that business changing contract.
Having a balanced focus isn’t about having a focus on everything at once, and doing nothing very well. Focus involves prioritizing what’s important in your life at any given time. If you’re having trouble in one area of your life, it may be more important to change your focus in order to concentrate on the problem area for a while. For example, if you’re having trouble with a child, work may need to take a back seat to focusing on helping them. If your partner is going through a tough time, your focus may need to be more on supporting them and less on your business.
Success in work and relationships depends on how you prioritize your focus. Focus helps us keep from trying to accomplish too much at one time and can mean that we do a job better simply because we’re giving it all of our attention.
Some people start a job or task with a lot of focus and then the shine wears off and they become bored. For example, many people are passionate about a business that they’ve started and accomplish tasks with enthusiasm and energy. Sacrifices are made as they put all their efforts into making the business successful. They work long hours, starting work early, finishing late and neglect their personal lives in the process.
After the business is up and running, they then become lackadaisical because now the challenges aren’t so much fun anymore. They’re tired because they lost sleep and didn’t take care of themselves by exercising and eating a healthy diet.
Keeping the focus on our business goals can make the difference between success and failure. The same is true for our personal lives. If we lose focus on a relationship, it’s easy for problems to creep in and sabotage it.
When focus becomes unbalanced, the problems begin. A truly successful person balances their focus between their career and personal life so that neither lacks attention they deserve.
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Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor