The Power of Focus

The Power of Focus

Book Title: The Power of Focus

Author: Jack Canfield, Mark Hansen and Les Hewitt

Number of Pages: 384

Book Summary: 

The Power of Focus is a book that can help you get things done and live your best life. It tells you how to pay attention to what really matters and ignore what doesn’t. It gives you tips and tricks that you can use in your work, your money, and your personal growth. It also shares stories of people who faced tough situations and made it through by using the power of focus. The book motivates you to take action, stop wasting time, and create the future you want.

Key Takeaways:

Before setting your goals, you have to do a honest self-talk with yourself to find out what you truly want in life without any distraction. One of the key factors to consider in your goal setting is striking a balance between what you are good at and what you are passionate about. Then it takes focused action, personal discipline and lots of energy every day to make things happen.

Don’t sweat the small stuff and focus on what really matters. This will make your life easier and help you reach your goals faster.

Below are some key techniques to take away from the book:

  • Focal Point Technique: figure out what you need to do first and what you can do later. 
  • Habit Busting Technique: get rid of bad habits and start new ones. 
  • Self-Talk Technique: pump yourself up and stay motivated.
  • Action Plan Technique: plan your steps and track your progress.
  • Visualization Technique: picture your desired outcomes and feel good emotions.

My Thoughts: 

 "It’s impossible to make excellent decision when you are caught up in the busy whirl of everyday activities. “ (The power of focus)

We are in the information explosion era. Everyday, we are bombarded with information and opinions on the internet. It’s easy to get distracted or lost and get influenced by others. Eventually, we may even forget what we truly want in life. Therefore, it’s important to take a step back and focus on our thoughts allowing us to clear our mind to see things from a new perspective.

Somedays, you just want to stay in bed and escape from the world. Getting overwhelmed and unmotivated is a life cycle. If you are feeling stuck, it’s time for your brain to take a break. We can hardly see a big picture when we are too busy in life. 

Nowadays, it is easier to be influenced by the news and social media. It is good that we can get inspired from different people. However, it can be overwhelming at the same time.
You may be distracted from social media that you should be doing something else or wanting something else. Gradually, the more you scroll on social media, the less you will be motivated to focus on the work you are supposed to do. This is because you have used up your dopamine that creates energy and enthusiasm for your day. Ultimately, you may get lost and forget what you truly want for your life.  
Therefore, “Focus” is so important for you to reach your destination. I have learnt that what is good for others may not be good for you. You may receive a lot of advice from your parents, peers and others. However, you don’t need to take every criticism because at the end of the day, you are the only one who knows your strength, vision and what is the best for your path. You just have to do what you are naturally good at and passionate about so you can stay consistent no matter how many obstacles you encounter. 
It is unnecessary to follow the trend and follow what is labeled as successful by the society. All you have to do is to trust your intuition and be patient. Failing is just a process for you to grow and improve. Today, you may think what you are doing has no concrete result. Nevertheless, you will figure out everything you have done can be connected ultimately and thank yourself for not giving up.
Life is full of distraction, it’s easy to lose track of what you are doing. When you hit a slump, just let your brain to have a vacation, then you can clear your mind to see things from a different perspective. After that, you will be rejuvenated and will be able to figure out a new direction to FOCUS on again. I am sure you will get lost again and again because that is just “life” :)
It’s certainly normal not to have your life together all the time because feeling lost and unmotivated is a cycle. Just remember, if you can recover from the first slump, you can recover from the 2nd, 3rd…slump. Friendly Reminder: You are more capable of what you think you are. 

My Favorite Quotes: 

“Life doesn’t just happen to you. It’s all about choices and how you respond to every situation.”

“Your habits will determine your future. ”

“It takes focused action, personal discipline and lots of energy every day to make things happen. “

“Remember, nothing will change until you do.”

“However, what we have noticed is, the more connected was become electronically, the less connected we are physically and emotionally.”

“You must invest most of your time every week doing what you do best, and let others do what they do best.”

“Focus on your natural talent.”

“When you focus most of your time and energy doing the things you are truly brilliant, you eventually reap big rewards.“

“Natural brilliance combined with the daily discipline to constantly hone their skills, is what separates these superstar athletes from everyone else.”

“When you let other people or society determine your definition of success, you’re sabotaging your future. So put a stop to that right away.”

“Confidence is the all-important factor you need to protect yourself from the slings and arrows of negativity. In the absence of confidence, fear and worry are ready to take control.”

“As adults, we seem to lose our ability to ask. We come up with all sorts of excuses and reasons to avoid any possibility of rejection.”

“Trust yourself. Take a step forward. Ask anyway. The worst you will hear is NO.”

“Many people lose their direction in life because they are easily distracted or influenced by other people. Consequently they wander along bouncing from one situation to the next, like a ball of pinball machine.”

“It’s impossible to make excellent decision when you are caught up in the busy whirl of everyday activities.”

“When you are living on purpose you feel that you are making a difference. And you don’t need to be famous. You can make a significant impact in your own community.”

“If you are focused only on making money, a large slice of life will pass you by.”

Thanks for reading till the end and I will catch up with you soon :)