“The sharper it is, the sharper you are” ~ John Maxwell
“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape” ~ Unknown
“What people say, what people do, and what hey say they do are entirely different things.” Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
Do you know anyone who has success that has not FOCUS on the goal? FOCUS is the key to your success.
If we would focus 70% of our activity time on our strengths, we would enjoy what we do and we will be more efficient. Why because we would sharpen our strengths. If we develop what we are good at, we become better.
Example: You are very good at booking clients, but not good at closing the sale. This is where you want to work with someone else, who is excellent at closing the sale but not good at booking. That’s where a partnership could be develop, and both person would win in that situation. One focus on the booking and the other focus on closing the sale. That’s where leveraging comes practical.
Focus 25% of your time on learning new things to be better in your strengths.
Growth equal change. If you want to get better, you must keep changing and improving. That means stepping out into new areas.
Example: Playing golf is a great example – the more you practice, and the more you focus on your game the better you become.
Great news: Focus only 5% on your area of weakness.
Find someone who is great at doing what you are not. Minimize your weakness by having a team, someone working with you to cover your weakness. Do what you do best and let someone else do the rest.
Four (4) TIPS to help you get back on track and focus:
1) Work on yourself – you are your greatest asset, invest in yourself and become the expert in your field of expertise.
2) Work at your priorities – knowing your priorities and working on them demand commitment, engagement, persistence … that all equal to FOCUS
3) Work in your strengths – you can reach your potential – you will do more than you can think or imagine
4) Leverage what you can – you cannot be effective working alone. As a small business owner, we have tendency to do everything, it comes a time if you want to grow your business you need to have other people working with you and for you, doing what you are weak at and you do what you do best.
I want to leave you with this story:
An experienced animal trainer takes a stool with them when they step into a cage with a lion. Why a stool? It tames a lion better than anything – except maybe a tranquilizer gun. Where the trainer holds the stool with the legs extended towards the lion’s face, the animal tries to FOCUS on all four legs at once. And that paralyzes him. Divided focus always works against you. Keep your eyes on the target.