Ever start something and just never finish it? If you’ve ever tried downhill skiing, you know exactly how to finish: by skiing down the hill — unless, of course, you’re like me, who fell down the hill and almost took out a shed at the bottom. Good thing they had that orange mesh to stop me from hitting it. Otherwise, I have a feeling this would be an entirely different post on an entirely different topic.
But we’re not here to talk about my less-than-stellar skiing exploits. We’re here to discuss focus, and there are five key elements in the word. In fact, John Lee Dumas, entrepreneur and podcaster at Entrepreneur on Fire, created a whole acronym around the term. So, let’s explore the real meaning of FOCUS.
F = FOLLOW
When you ski down a hill, for example, you follow a designated course. It’s all about taking steps towards something. In the case of skiing, it’s ski lengths forward. Following is purposeful in its action. You work toward the completion of the task at hand.
O = ONE
When you start something and have the desire to complete it, you focus on that one thing. Some people try to multitask, only to get frustrated in the end. Can you imagine trying to ski down the mountain and text on the phone? Try it this winter, and you’ll find yourself in the orange mesh headfirst. Skiing asks you to do one thing: work your way down the mountain.
You must apply the same principle to working on a project or task. Multitasking diverts your attention. It splits your focus, so to speak. To ensure both productivity and efficiency, avoid multitasking at all costs. You often get more done in a shorter amount of time by focusing on one thing at a time.
C = COURSE
Few people can successfully backcountry ski, where you head off to those unmarked areas outside the designated zone. Yes, you’ll eventually get to the bottom. But instead of that orange mesh, chances are good a tree or cliff is in the near future.
With traditionally skiing, on the other hand, you work your way down a path already created for you — in other words, a course. The same is true in life. When you do almost anything, you have an outcome or objective in mind. It’s part of your vision or mission, helping avoid those things not aligned with where you want to go. Knowing your vision or mission creates the course for you.
U = UNTIL
This word itself doesn’t have an ending. Until ______. You get to decide that. You can ski until lunch or until the mountain closes or until the orange mesh welcomes you with open arm (at least for me). The great thing about the word until is that it gives you ownership. You get to decide when you stop.
S = SUCCESS
Success is probably the most obvious of the ideas. You safely made it down the course and achieved success. Success occurs when you accomplish your goal or mission. Success is for those who implement FOCUS, and I know that’s you!
FOCUS is a simple word. If you understand it, you’ll be able to achieve your goals. If you want a book to hold yourself accountable, look into The Freedom Journal. It’s helped many people achieve their goals and realize success.