Now that you know what your “IT” is and are motivated to see your tasks through to completion, what is the next logical step? The next step is probably the most serious component to Mental Fitness. This critical component is FOCUS.
Lack of Focus is believed to be the number one reason people don’t get what they want.
Think of focus as your swinging rope bridge. It is the path you need to take to get from where you are now to where you want to go. In order to walk across a great canyon, you need to concentrate on each step you take. One wrong step and you could slip and hurt yourself, or worse yet, become a causality by falling to the bottom of the canyon.
Scary? Maybe, but you want to get to the other side, so you carefully calculate each step. It takes a lot of energy to be certain, but you can reach your dream one step at a time.
Distractions. You know they’ll come to haunt you once you’ve started your journey. So, how do you handle them? There are two common distractions to which I want to provide the solutions.
1. The first is the temptation to compare yourself with others. Do not judge your progress and performance by someone else’s. Take responsibility for yourself and your dream with a forward look as to what needs to be done and do it.
2. The second common distraction you may encounter is negative chatter from family members and friends. You will need to block out such comments in order to continue the pursuit of your dream.
This is your dream. While you might like others to share your vision, you need to prepare yourself for those who may not agree, or may even try to discourage you from moving forward.
If the dream you have is one of your own choosing, and if your dream is one that is truly meaningful to you, then you have the main ingredients to make it happen. You can expect to reach that dream in the same way you would reach the other side of the canyon—one step at a time across that narrow bridge.
Once you start, don’t look back. That is the ultimate distraction to focusing on the task ahead.
IT is determining who you are, what you are meant to do, and preparation for starting and sharpening your talent to do it.