Photographs are clearer when they are in focus. When they are out of focus, they are blurry and indistinct. How many times have you been disappointed by a photo when the focus was off? Faces or objects are blurred, maybe even unrecognizable. Toss that one away. Chalk it up to experience. Maybe even blame it on the camera.
Just like photographs, the quality of the reality that show up in your life are also largely due to proper focus.
First, a dream must be clearly held in your mind. The result you desire to achieve or manifest in your life must first be clearly and distinctly created in your imagination. It must be ‘in focus’; that is, the components must be defined, clearly seen, and envisioned.
Second, as you go about the ‘doing’ necessary to actualize your dreams, you must remain focused on your goal and not allow yourself to get distracted by what is going on around you.
It seems pretty simple in really, but it always amazes me how unfocused people are. Ask someone to describe their heart’s desire and 90% of the time, you cannot get a clear description from them. It is blurry and indistinct. Often filled with generalities but no specifics. It’s like a description of a picture by what’s not in it.
A conversation would go something like this:
Them – “I want health, wealth, and happiness”
Me – “So what does health mean to you?”
Them – “Well, you know, to not be sick.”
Me – “So what does wealth mean to you?”
Them – “Well, you know, to not be lacking.”
Me – “So what does happiness mean to you?”
Them – “To not be sad, dissatisfied.”
Not this, not that; defining the desired outcome, the ideal by what is not in it, instead of what is in it. The trouble with focusing on not being unwell is that you are still focusing on un-wellness, not wellness. The focus is on lack and limitation and not on abundance and potentiality.
“I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.” – Mark Twain
All most people seem to know is what they do NOT want. Focus your attentions and intentions on those ideals that you want, desire, long for, lust after. Make that focus clear and distinct.
You get the clarity you have focused on. Leslie Fieger said, “Prosperity is the abundance of all things held ideal in mind and dear in heart.” How clear and exact are your ideals? How much desire, longing, passion is attached to them? How focused is the image in your mind? How focused is your desire to have that type of clarity in your life?
The complex thing about life is that it is wonderfully full of distractions. Here you are, focused on some purpose or goal and then this incredibly intrusive thing occurs.
Perhaps you are busy going about the business of creating a new company and some seemingly major obstacle presents itself, so you change your mind, change your plan, change your focus to the next great business idea and the next one after that.
Life is full of distractions making it easy to lose focus. Winners stay focused. Sometimes they are so focused that you cannot even get their attention.
Funny how that is.
How did Serena win Wimbledon? Focus.
How did Jordan become the greatest of all time? Focus.
How did Tiger win so many tournaments? Focus.
Do you want to win the game of life? Get focused. Stay focused.