(c) Jeannette Marshall
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FOCUS is the arrow that
shoots you to the moon!
Tackle one day at a time,
one task a day, scoped out,
scaled, cost analysis,
THAT FOCUS can make or break you
trying to juggle too many priorities at once It is 100% contributor of any ONE downfall or failure.
Whether it is a personal life speed bump ~something that takes you out to left field, completely takes you off your game.
Or a slap in the ass from the making of income to support yourself, your family and significant others.
It could be at FULL WARP speed coming right at you and even Captain Kirk or Mr. Spock could avert disaster from.
Watching a family member go through the struggles of survival, chronic pain tempered with oxicotin medication that evolved into dependency, then frozen so they turned to "street drugs" to soften the excruciating pain and diabetes side effects.
They ended up dying in the care of a medical facility in B.C. whose medical team had written off as an addict. Not receiving the same care as what society deems acceptable.
Everything kept coming at em: financial struggles where things became sources of money, compounded by multiple health infliction that were increasingly attacking mental wellness.
"WORRY stems from the lack of focus."
~ Jeannette Marshall
EVERYONE struggles to COPENobody gets a pass.
One woman's agony is another person's mother or sister.
A new job, nerves, insecurity, lack of confidence from it taking years to find employment. ~It's just another struggle someone else is trying to conquer.
WHEN YOU do too much at once
Something is going to cave. No one is Wonder Woman or Superman or lives in a bat cave with extraordinary wealth.
For every PROBLEM there's a SOLUTION
How you tackle it is dependent on FOCUS. Getting out the paper, with a pencil and drawing it out. What is in front of you? What is preventing you from realizing your dreams?
You can't get without steps
Identical to pigs can't fly.
You have to break it down.
Once you see what is in front of you: it could be three columns or two.
You have to be able to break it down by steps, you can't leap over tall buildings, nor can you get to the final finish with that.
Let's keep it to three to maximize formula
COLUMN A ; PLAN A; PLAN B
For example: Accept new job
PROs and CONs on scale of 1-10, 10 best
Financial implications: Income -expenses less> living costs (mortgage/rent+utilities
+phone/cell) = leftover for gas, smokes, drinks, groceries
OR, you can define COLUMN A and B to be simply on financial metrics
Then you start to focus on one item at a time. What step allows you to move to the next step towards the final accomplishment?
IF it is a new job, use my "30-60-90 day Plan" to map it out so that you can hit the day running. BONUS if you hand it to your boss before you're even hired - showing you can break it down to steps and timelines.
Just starting this off, you will discover how much you have been scrambling to accomplishment way too many things at once. Naively thinking that you can finish in all quick swoop, while distractions from the other important matters that are falling behind too.
By setting a FOCUS, you can teach yourself discipline. You force yourself to realize that in order to get this over with, you have things you may not want to do, perhaps someone can give you advice?
Sidebars and unfocused activities, deviate from finishing anything, missing deadlines, mentally scattered. It can give the impression that you are indecisive or a stumbling buffoon when you are anything but.
I see people who are in leadership who can be like this. It is from the inability to divide and conquer tasks.
When you start to draw the plans out, follow the steps, adding new steps you discover on the quest, adjust timelines, deduct costs or delays.
That is really no different that what a Project Manager does:
1) Determine the project scope: What the completed result will be, what is required to finish it, who will be required to work on it, how the decision making process works, what the budget is, how overruns on costs will be reported? Who and how will third party resources be determined and/or accounted for by cost or by delays or time improvements.
In this, you are drawing out what your focus should be based on what the pros and cons dictated should be the highest priority. The more honest and detailed you are, the easier it is going to assess and debrief on how it went.
This is discipline.
That is focus.