Hello friends, and welcome to this month’s Joyinmovement newsletter.
September is my birthday month so I tend to think of the big picture of my life. Sadly, I all too often observe that as people age they impose so many limits on what they think they can and cannot do. I am determined, more than ever, that I not become one of those limited thinkers. Read through to the end of this newsletter and you’ll see what limited thinking I’m going to let go of for my birthday!
I know that whatever I have learned, I can unlearn. Whatever situation I have gotten myself into, I can probably get myself out of. If my real goal is to continue dreaming big dreams and to live without limits, there are some keys I must remember.
These keys are clarity, competence, and concentration. I’ve studied these principles over the years and notice that folks who live successful lives and keep their dreams alive are good role models because they use these keys as their guideposts.
Clarity means that you are absolutely clear about who you are, what you want, and where you’re going. You write down your goals and you make plans to accomplish them. You set very careful priorities and you do something every day to move yourself toward your goals. The more progress you make toward accomplishing things that are important to you, the greater self-confidence and self-belief you have, and the more convinced you become that there are no limits on what you can achieve.
Competence means that you become very good in the areas of your chosen field that will enable you to accomplish your dreams. You apply the 80/20 rule to everything you do and you focus on becoming outstanding in the 20% of tasks that contribute to 80% of your results. I’ve written about the 80/20 idea before. Competence also comes from dedicating yourself to continuous learning. You never stop growing. You realize that excellence is a moving target. You commit yourself to doing something every day that enables you to become better and better at doing the most important things in your life.
Concentration is having the self-discipline to encourage yourself to concentrate single-mindedly on one thing, the most important thing, and stay with it until it’s complete.
The two key words for success have always been focus and concentration.
Focus is knowing exactly what you want to be, have, and do. I’ve been working with the be/do/have idea for many many years and I notice that when I get off track it’s because I have forgotten this focus.
Concentration is persevering, without distraction, toward accomplishing the things that can make a real difference in your life.
When you allow yourself to begin to dream big dreams, and let go of the distractions and activities that take up too much of your time you can focus your energies. You will start to feel an incredible sense of power and confidence. As you focus on doing what you love to do and become excellent in those few areas that can make a real difference in your life, you begin to think in terms of possibilities rather than impossibilities, and you move ever closer toward the realization of your full potential.
Let me add one more phrase to the list of C’s (clarity, competence, concentration). It’s COMMON sense, which sometimes isn’t at all that common!