was the type of person whose values, priorities and actions always agree with one another.
Why is it that over 50% of our new course students tell us that they feel completely overwhelmed and exhausted in their personal and professional lives?
The answer may surprise you: it's not the number of minutes they spend waking up and working hard every day that is the question ̵
Be honest …
- Do you control social media apps on your phone when sitting in meetings or when you spend time with family and friends?  Do you eat lunch at the desk or when you're on the go?
- Is the TV often in your home, even when you are busy doing other things?
- Do you send single text message while driving?
The greatest cost of doing several things at the same time (make sure you don't crash from texting and driving) is a gradual, long-term decline in your productivity and happiness. When you are used to dividing your attention, you participate in every activity, but you rarely focus on anyone. And this dizzying lack of focus will eventually get you up and down on your knees.
I learned this from first-hand experience. I used to get overwhelmed and burnt out almost every day. I felt that I was spinning in the sixth gear around the clock, and yet I was making zero progress in my life (I was actually moving backwards). Things changed for me after I started blogging back in 2006, when I gradually noticed that I could get 2x to 3x more quality writing done when I focused without interruption for a set amount of time and before I took a proper break, away from my laptop. Then I have applied this strategy to all relevant areas of my life and I challenge you to do the same …
FOCUS. FOCUS. FOCUS.
One thing at a time.
Then give yourself a short break and repeat.
Doing so will change your life!
No seriously, it's coming!
Remember this …
If you hold a magnifying glass over a small pile of dry leaves when the sun shines bright on the hottest afternoon of the whole year, NOTHING will happen …
… so as long as you keep moving the magnifying glass quickly from one sheet to the next.
But as soon as you hold the magnifying glass still and FOCUS the sun's rays on a single leaf, the entire leaf will light up in flames.
It is the power of focusing on one thing at a time.
Your opportunity right now is to realize that you are the magnifying glass in your own life and that you can consciously focus the energy you get from the world on one sheet at a time. When you do, you will light up incredible "flames" that move your projects, your dreams, your relationships and even the world around you, forward. (Angel and I discuss this in more detail in the chapter "Goals and Success" in 1,000 Small Things That Happy, Successful People Do Different.)
Your turn …
Please leave a comment below and let us know:
What is it that you will be focusing on next, when you close the window on this post?
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