The Power of Focus
“The only reason men fail is because of broken focus” – Mike Murdock
Mike Murdock observes that in over 30 years of travelling the world, speaking to businesses, ministries and individuals one thing has been clearly evident – many men fail because of broken focus. Merriam Webster defines focus as the ability to “to concentrate attention or effort” on something. This can be likened to the effect of the sun and a magnifying glass on paper. When the magnifying glass is used to direct the sun’s rays onto one particular area, the light rays act like a laser and soon the paper catches fire. The sun’s light hasn’t changed, nor has the ability of the magnifying glass. But what has changed is the way in which the magnifying glass is used to reflect and focus the light. In a similar fashion, God gives you grace and ability to achieve so much, but Satan’s plan is make sure your light is not focused. In fact if he cannot get you to abort your assignment then his next plan of action is to make sure you’re distracted with too many unnecessary things to do.
“We wanted Nike to be the world's best sports and fitness company. Once you say that, you have a focus. You don't end up making wing tips or sponsoring the next Rolling Stones world tour.” - Philip Knight
When Philip Knight started Nike (in the back of his car boot!) in the 1960s, it was his ability to focus on a theme that attributed to Nike’s success. That ability to focus immediately eliminated distractions. John Maxwell explains that in order to have effective focus we need to establish our priorities and be able to concentrate. Our priorities put us in the position of knowing what to do (the things we should major on), but our concentration puts us in a position where we are productive and efficient. We’re in an age where our distractions are just as great as our opportunities, so having the ability to focus well is crucial.
So what are some of the things we should focus on?
1. Well firstly our focus should be on our strengths. Peter Drucker says, “The great mystery isn’t that people do things badly but that they occasionally do a few things well. The only thing that is universal is incompetence. Strength is always specific.” This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t work on our weaknesses but it does mean that we will reap more by focusing on our strengths. We should focus maybe 70% of our efforts on our strengths leaving room to try new things and minimise our areas of weakness.
2. We should also focus on our priorities. Our priorities are the goals that are really important in our lives. Those things that build our futures and keep our dreams in tact. “You can do only one thing at a time. I simply tackle one problem and concentrate all efforts on what I am doing at the moment.” -Maxwell Maltz
3. Forming good habits. Good habits formed today mean good futures laid tomorrow.
4. Ourselves. We will always be with ourselves. Whether we make ourselves an asset or a liability depends on the way we groom, discipline, encourage and build ourselves. Our relationship with God and our state of mind affect our direction and actions.
And finally in all our focusing we shouldn’t dwell on what has gone wrong. We should learn from the past and focus on remedies and solutions. Put all your energy in moving forward - towards the future Phil 3:13.
God bless and protect
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