Sometimes these diversions are good, but most of the time, they just pull us away from what we should be doing. Tweet this
I teach presentation skills. Every client I’ve ever had could be a better speaker if they just practiced their presentation more. But people get distracted by PowerPoint and modeling ineffective communication techniques.
Goals in and of themselves are not always difficult. But focusing on one big goal and seeing it through to completion can be quite challenging, if one is distracted.
While most of us regularly make a “to do list,” we might do better to create a “not to do list.”
5 cool ideas for meeting your goal
1. Study your desired goal for one hour a day. There’s no shortage of books, white papers, magazine articles, podcasts, YouTube videos, etc. Within a few months, you’ll be an expert. Achieving your goal will be much easier when you actually know what you’re doing.
2. Get in better physical shape. Even if your goal has nothing to do with athletic performance, you’ll gain increased energy, better stamina, and more confidence.
3. Network like crazy. Associate with others who are connected to your goal. Seek out people who share your goal, ideally people who have already achieved something similar. Connecting with these folks will almost guarantee more opportunities and a faster learning curve.
4. Approach your goal differently. History tends to remember people who take the road less traveled.
5. Work toward small victories. Keep your eyes on the big prize, but be ready to celebrate small victories.
All great achievers share one skill — the ability to focus
The Olympians you watch on TV completely dedicate themselves to their event, dedicating thousands of hours to practice, training, and conditioning.
The great Michelangelo was once asked how he created the statue of David. He said he didn’t focus on the form of the statue, or the texture or the dimensions. He said he focused on what to carve away from the block of marble.
Thomas Edison was known to lose all track of time–and days–when he was inventing.
And Miguel Cabrera, the Detroit Tigers slugger, is also an expert at getting things done. Tigers manager, Jim Leyland, says that Cabrera has the unique ability to “relax and concentrate at the same time.”
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