Chapter 4: FOCUS Your Thoughts Like a Flashlight Beam.
If you can train your mind to focus like the beam of a flashlight, almost anything is possible. Take out your trusty flashlight and cast a beam into the dark. The area in which the light is concentrated is the area on which you will focus. You intentionally directed your beam THERE and not elsewhere. Now intentionally direct your thought beam in ONE direction.
The days of multi-tasking are probably here to stay, but to do any ONE thing to the best of your ability, you'll have to stop being the best multi-tasker and become the best at focusing your attention on ONE thing. Regression? No, progression in the direction you were always meant to go. FOCUS ON YOUR OBJECTIVE!
What is your OBJECTIVE? What is the difference between a GOAL and an OBJECTIVE? Objectives are: narrow, precise, and concrete. Goals are: broad, general, and abstract. As an example, let's FOCUS on the OBJECTIVE of publishing a specific book for a specific market. Say you have always wanted to be an author, and you don't have a clue where to start. Use a sheet of paper to list your OBJECTIVE, and the GOALS that will help you reach that objective. Focus on that big dream, then define the goals that will make that dream come true for you.
OBJECTIVE: I will complete the writing of a fantasy novel within 2 years. (narrow, precise, concrete.)
GOALS to reach your OBJECTIVE: take a writing course, spend time writing, study the book market. (broad, general, abstract.)
During the first 7 Days of each month, you will work on those goals to make your objective a reality. Always keep your focus on the OBJECTIVE--THE DREAM! For a visual reminder, tape a piece of paper to a flashlight. On it write your OBJECTIVE, then hang the flashlight near your desk for an instant reminder to FOCUS! FOCUS on the OBJECTIVE!
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