The Power of Focus

Today, I was inundated with messages about Focus. It is a trait that is often mentioned, but rarely employed.

Focus always comes before Success in the dictionary

With the right amount of Focus, it is possible to do the impossible. Consider the rain drops that focus on a single point on a bolder. After time, those rain drops wear away the stone. It makes it possible for a drop of water to move a mountain. Don’t believe me? Look at the Grand Canyon and see the evidence.

I read several blogs including the Denison Forum and Valerie Burton. They used a few quotes that illustrate this idea of focus very nicely.

The first quote is a Hasidic (Jewish) saying, “Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength.”

The second quote is from New Testament scholar William Barclay: “A man will never become outstandingly good at anything unless that thing is his ruling passion.  There must be something of which he can say, ‘For me to live is this.'”

The third is from Aristotle: excellence is “expressing your highest talent to its fullest measure.”

The fourth is Ezra 7:10: “Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and to teachings its decrees and laws in Israel.”

The fifth is from a a high school graduate who was being honored with a scholarship described her philosophy on why she applied to only one college – a prestigious arts college in New York.  “They told me, ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket,'” she said.  Then explained, “… but I like this basket!”

These are a few inspirational thoughts of how the power of Focus can transform where you invest your time, energy and resources. Have you found the thing that gets you excited? If so, pursue it with passion and assign enough energy to bring it to life.