I think this is something new that I am experiencing, and yet, its not something new at all. I am blessed to live in a world where opportunities are endless, dreams come true, and hard work pays off. The world is open and you can work hard and make things happen. This is both exhilarating and exhausting. On one hand, wow, I can do whatever I want! If I want to be a doctor, a lawyer, an artist, a business owner, I can make that happen. Hard work and dedication, that’s what you need.
On the other hand, that is something very daunting. Wow. I can do whatever I want! And then the list goes off in your head of the endless possibilities and ideas. Your brain is thrown in a million different directions, and then … nothing. So many ideas, yet, getting yourself to focus and make just one thing happen seems like an impossibility. But then you go back and remember, you can make anything happen, you make lists of a million things to do, and then again… nothing.
In a world where possibilities are endless, why is it so hard for us to focus on one thing and make that the best thing? Why are we always looking at what else is possible, what might be, instead of going after that one thing?
Well… for me, the reasons are endless. Possibilities are endless, imagination goes crazy, your phone goes off and your flipping to the next thing. Your driving down the road and another idea goes off, then before you know it, your day is gone and nothing has been effectively accomplished.
Now, you may find yourself on any end of this spectrum. But, I think everyone finds themselves going through each of these scenarios during their life. So the question is, how do we focus and remove the distractions? How do we grab hold of that one vision and actually make it happen instead of saying “man, wouldn’t that be nice….”
I think it comes down to one thing. What is the driving voice behind all of those ideas? Is it to solve a certain problem, to become a business owner, to be at a certain level of authority in the office? If we find our driving force, and write it down, look at it every day, would we change anything, and make it happen?
I’m not sure… but I’m going to try it. I’ve got it written down, and on my computer screen for me to see everyday when I sit down to work. Try writing down your goal this week, and see if it makes a difference.
Does any of what I just said apply to you? Where do you find yourself on this spectrum of possibilities?
I definitely struggle with this. For me, it’s not so much that I want to be all sorts of things. It’s more that there are tons of exciting things that I want to accomplish with my business. I get so excited about each thing that I become overwhelmed and then accomplish nothing. I’ve started jotting down the big three items that need to get done each day, which helps me pick and choose which project to work on and give my focus to that day. That being said, sometimes I still find myself getting sidetracked while working on one of my goals– I’ll start in on a different project, or start researching a new product idea, rather than doing what I’m supposed to do. Daily struggle, but I’m slowly getting better at it!
I feel exactly the same way! And I’m glad I’m not the only one that has to work on this daily. I think (for us anyways) it has a lot to do with only being accountable to yourself rather than a team or boss? You’re accountable to clients, but at the end of the day its your business and its going to succeed if you push yourself. And pushing yourself constantly is very hard to do.
I was just thinking about this very thing this morning. I too struggle with this. I am trying to learn so many things all at once while running a home and family. I’m going to try and write a few things down a week and make myself focus on those. Thanks for the great idea.