An effective way in which a leader can get consistent results is with the power of focus. We all can focus on what we choose to focus on so why not use that power to make real change in our lives and in the lives of others? As Kohlreiser wrote, “one of the secrets of high performers is their ability to tune out unnecessary clutter so that they can stay focused on what they need to do to maintain a positive state” (pg. 29). The power of both success and failure begins inside our minds. Through the choice of our focus, we all have the power to create a winning or a losing cycle in our lives and the lives of others. How many people do you know can continue to exist in a state of unhappiness and seem to do nothing about it? Our goal should be to understand the power of focus in order to create the future we want. By following our example, others can learn to change their situations as well.
Visualization is a method practiced by many successful leaders and athletes with the goal of visualizing in the mind’s eye what we want to accomplish and picture achieving our goals in every possible detail. Having a vision, helps people stay focused on the goal and allows the capacity to communicate and share the vision with others. Effective leaders understand the importance of effectively sharing a vision and persuading others to become eager partners in reaching the established goals.
Every aspect of our lives has both a negative and a positive element. Using our ability to focus, we are able to make a choice to either focus on the negative or the positive. It is a choice! We can choose, by way of focus, to be positive, negative, happy, and/or sad. Those who chose to focus on the negative put themselves in a losing cycle that can replicate itself with others. Today, let’s choose to focus on the positive. We owe it to our world. When we find meaning and purpose by focusing on the positive, we are likely to find the greatest personal power to achieve our goals. The following are some tips that may help you focus on the positive:
- Place visual pictures and reminders of all the positive things in life where they can be constantly seen
- Visualize all the details of achieving your goals
- Imagine the feeling of success