Hocus, Pocus, Focus!

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Hocus, Pocus, Focus! 

 Guest Post By Archie McNab

This is one of the hardest things to do in life and yet it is one skill that is absolutely essential if we are going to be successful no matter what we do. Whether you’re a hockey player, a concert pianist, dairy farmer or astronaut you have to be able to focus.



What is Focus anyways? 

The American-Heritage Dictionary gives this as one of its definitions and its very appropriate: To direct toward a particular point or purpose: focused all their attention on finding a solution to the problem. When we are able to concentrate exclusively on a single solution or vision then we have true focus. A wise man once said that if a person could only concentrate totally upon a specific problem for three minutes without diversion, they could solve anything.  I suspect he was right. It’s something that I have never been able to do, yet I continue to improve because I know how important it is. 


Why can’t I focus? 

There is a myriad of reasons why I can’t focus but it always comes down to distractions.  They can be distractions in my head or distractions in my environment.  The art of ‘quieting one’s mind’ is a skill unto itself that requires years and years of training and while it’s a laudable goal I have found a much quicker way to achieve significant results. I find ways to remove distractions from my environment. Now I am not suggesting changing the door locks to keep out  troublesome Uncle Oscar, although that might be effective, I am suggesting that you explain to him that you need your time and space and to ask that he respect that. The same is true of spouses, parents and yes, children. When we explain to our children what we need from them it’s amazing how far they will go to help us attain our goals. But I have an even simpler way of sorting through what’s essential to have and what constitutes clutter in our lives. 


Enough Work Already, Go On a Holiday! 

I’m talking tongue-in-cheek here but I want to illustrate a point. Think about the last time you were on a holiday. No, not a weekend at the cottage or lake. I mean a real holiday. One with no cell, no computer, heck maybe not even any TV or movies. Just think about the last time that you were on holidays and how simple your life was. You likely didn’t pack 98 suitcases of all manner of household items to turn your holiday into an extension of your regular life.  As a rule, when we are on holidays we tend to get by with just the bare essentials of our household and without  interruptions and distractions of regular life.




I’m always somewhat amazed by how easy life is when I am on holidays and it isn’t just a case of being away from my job or business. It’s more a matter of being away from all the time vampires that I have back home. It does make me think that I could live a much less complex life and have much more time to focus on my goals and ways to move closer to them.


Limit Distractions 

I’m suggesting that if we were able to live our lives in a simpler manner with limited distractions similar to when we are on holidays, then it stands to reason that we would have not just more time to focus but also our focus could be much clearer and more effective because we have a clearer mindset. I know for myself, that removing environmental clutter and ‘noise’ is the first step that I need to take to allow me to focus on my goals, even the smallest ones. I often do my blog writing early in the morning because I know that I can have uninterrupted time to concentrate on what I am writing without any distractions. 


Reclaim your Time

Do what you need to do to reclaim your time. My wife and other successful people that we know purposely do not watch the news, or even listen to it.  This not only saves them the time that would otherwise be spent but it also lessens the negative messaging often associated with the news.  Other suggestions include reducing and limiting the number of opt-in programs and social media sites that you visit. Setting a time limit for each site is a wonderful way to control your involvement and make your time accountable to you. After all, you’re starting to focus.


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7 Responses to “Hocus, Pocus, Focus!”

  1. Rita Says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more. TV can be a big time waster and the news is just depressing and negative. :-)


    Anonymous Reply:

    Thanks for stopping by Rita. You are so right that news is depressing and negative.

    Unfortunately negativity sells….



  2. Bill Solano Says:

    HI Archie, Great posy about focus. You really can claim your time back if you can focus on the important priorities.



    Anonymous Reply:

    Thanks very much Bill. I agree that whenever I feel like I am starting to flounder, I just pause and clear my mind, refocus and move forward.



  3. Damayanthi Says:

    Hi Sigrid,

    This is so true, the main reasons for failure is lack of focus. With all the technology around us, it is so easy to get distracted. Posts like these help all of us to get back on track and FOCUS.

    Thanks for sharing



    Anonymous Reply:

    Hey Damayanthi, you are so welcome. We are living in such a fast paced world that it is so easy to not be focused on the things we really need to do, and to get distracted by the many things going on around us.



  4. Anonymous Says:

    Glad you enjoyed the article Holly. It is so easy in todays world to be distracted and overwhelmed.



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