Focus is the Key To Success

Hello my friend,

Rome wasn’t built in a day, so the saying goes.  But what is the point?  Success is built daily, not in a day.

So what unique capability is possessed by those that achieve their highest goals, their true purpose?  They possess the power to focus their efforts on the objective for the longest period of time.  Controlled attention is the act of coordinating all the faculties of your mind and directing their combined power to a specific end. Against such a focused mind, distractions have little to no chance.

Success and progress towards achieving your goals in life begin with knowing where you are going – I’ve spoken about this before.

As the late, great Napoleon Hill taught us,

“Any dominating idea, plan, or purpose held in your conscious mind through repeated effort and emotionalized by a burning desire for its realization is taken over by the subconscious and acted upon through whatever natural and logical means may be available. “

What does Mr. Hill mean?  Your mental attitude gives fuels to everything you do. If your attitude is positive, your actions and thoughts further your ends!   If your attitude is negative, you are constantly undermining your own efforts.   Positive and negative thoughts and emotions cannot occupy your mind at the same time.

You’ve got to focus your mind ON the things you desire and OFF the things you don’t! 

Remember my friends, this is not some highbrow theory from an academic journal that has no connection to the real world. On the contrary! These are down to earth reports from the front lines of the battle for effectiveness, productivity, achieving goals, fulfillment and success. You’ve heard me say it many times probably. Plan your work, then work your plan.

In this ADHD, hyper-driven, interruption infested world, it is absolutely necessary to stay focused. Need headphones with classical music?  I did!  It works!  To this day, I read better, faster, with more comprehension when I have classical music playing in the background.  The music shields me from other thoughts, from a loss off focus on what I’m reading.

Here’s another key to focus. It is much easier to focus your attention on something you believe will happen than on something you believe is unlikely. You must believe that your plan is achievable

So do you use daily affirmations? I hope that you do. They work! For those of you unfamiliar with daily affirmations, they are conscious thoughts that you repeat out loud during the day, in order to program yourself to achieve your desired results. Among my daily affirmations of the following statements:

  • my life is a beautiful, enriching experience, and I am filled with wonder at life’s magnificence. I am surrounded by people who love and care for me. I love them unconditionally.
  • Today I will honor my clients, students and partners by providing outstanding service to them.
  • I will be a source of positive energy and inspiration to my family, friends and the people I meet.

These affirmations, and others like them, serve as a compass to the millions of people who use them. You focused on your definite major purpose, what you want to accomplish in a given day and why it is important to you if you don’t have daily affirmations, I challenge you to try them.

Write them down, but the more you can see them, and then read them out loud in the morning and possibly at several other times during the day. My strong suspicion is that it will help you to focus your efforts and to better reach your goals for the day, for the week, for the month, year and yes, for your entire life.

All the best,


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About eddecosta

Business and Executive Coach
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3 Responses to Focus is the Key To Success

  1. Lisa Holden Rovers says:

    Thanks for this post Ed. They always seem to be timely. This past week I remembered about classic music helping performance. I have a stack on my desk that I have been uploading. And yes, they are helpful. By the way, where did your inspiration come from for the word FOCUS? LOL.

  2. Andy Nowak says:

    I strongly agree that a positive attitude can, and do, drive your efforts and desires to accomplish your goals. My wife tells me that when I’m focused on a particular task or goal that I have a deep desire to attain, my attitude to succeed is catchy. I’ve heard this question from a good friend and my TKD instructor about attitude… “attitude… is yours worth catching?” I’m working to make sure that mine is more often!

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