Success is one of the most sought-after attributes of human life and yet, very few people in this world actually experience it. That’s why people who succeed in their respective fields are respected and mistakenly, are even considered lucky. It has different meanings for different people but the fundamental characteristic of success is, accomplishing what you really want to do. On a minute, day-to-day level it might be reaching your office on time on the first day of the week and on a grander level, it might be completing a novel, getting it published and ensuring that your book can reach as many readers as possible.
The real problem is not lack of dedication and effort, as the writer of this article says, it is lack of focus.
How often do you have something you want to achieve (i.e. lose weight, gain muscle, start a business, travel more) … only to end up confused by all of the options in front of you and never make progress?
Life is full of options. In fact there are so many options that it becomes hard for us to decide what to pursue and what to neglect. You like to write, but you’re also into sports. You think that you are an above-average singer, but you also want to become a research scholar. You have always wanted to be a painter but the compulsions of the society want you to be a businessperson, a doctor or an engineer. You want to do social work but you also daydream about driving an Audie. Like a restless bird you hop from one branch to another and eventually this becomes your undoing. In order to succeed in life, you need to focus on one particular thing.
This is the difference between successful people and people who haven’t tasted success yet. Successful people, whenever they do, focus on just a single thing, a single pursuit, a single goal. After they have decided what they want to do, they stop worrying about all the other things they have “always” wanted to do. If you want to be a singer, then stop worrying about being a doctor or being an engineer. If you want to be a doctor then quit spending time on activities that don’t contribute towards that goal. Your full attention should be on that one single thing that you want to do in order to experience success.
Does it have to be a monumental task? It depends on what you want to achieve. Of course the goals need to be realistic. If you want to be a rocket scientist working at MIT when for the past 30 years you have been working in the accounts department of a local firm then of course you will need to work really, really hard. But if you want to be a novelist all you have to do is work one page at a time, or even one sentence at a time. All the time that up till now you have been spending trying to improve other things you will need to put it into your writing effort. To be totally sincere with your time, you should also cut down your time on entertainments and other needless pursuits. The one thing that you shouldn’t neglect though, is your health, because your health directly affects your performance.
So make a list of things that cause confusion in your life. Encircle that one thing you need to focus on and cross out the rest.