Your focus matters – in who you are, in what you do, and in where you are going. You have to choose to have the right focus for your journey so that you get to where you know you need to be.
Daily Inspiration and Encouragement
January 22 , 2020
Moment of HOPE
Your Right Focus
Do you have the right focus? I thought I did.
I started my writing journey fifteen years back. Writing that number hurts because I thought I had the right focus on more than one occasion so I sent several blocks of years doing a lot but not getting much done.
Last year, my husband and I were having a deep discussion (and it was actually a discussion) about our journey. “Do you really believe that you are doing what God wants you to do?”
In other words, he was asking me if I thought I had the right focus.
I looked around at where I was and I knew the answer – even if I didn’t like it. I wasn’t doing what I needed to be doing because I had let my focus slip off target. It wasn’t much, but it was enough that I was no longer even hitting close to where I needed to be.
Yesterday was apparently squirrel appreciation day – according to Tom Reid, of Sustained Leadership WBS who was kind enough to share with me because he knows how I love a good squirrel distraction.
I confess I didn’t look up the truth behind his declaration, nor did I feel the need to share in any of my posts (although I did share in a Zoom meeting). Instead, I kept my head down and pushed on into my right focus.
The talk with my husband, combined with some encouragement from friends (including the squirrel waving Tom), and topped with a HEAPING dose of honest introspection of self and actions helped me hone my focus to the right one for me.
You have to be willing to define your right focus if you are going to create a life that builds lasting results.
Define Your Right Focus
- Be honest about where you are.
- Be honest about where you want to be.
- Be honest about what you will do.
- Be honest about what you can do.
- Dare to let your dreams grow.
I stepped back from all I had been doing and I dug deeper than I wanted. I confessed my much doing and lack of getting done to my husband and I presented an offer he couldn’t refuse. I committed to him to do the little bits to deliver my focused results – and if they didn’t then I committed back up and punt (for me, that means a regular, in the office job).
It set a defined limit and determined the consequences. It meant that every morning I can see where I am going and what lies ahead if I make the choices towards the wrong focus. It also makes it easier to put off the “I deserve this for all I have accomplished” rewards – like binge-watching a show or stopping early. I am willing to put off those rewards because I know they will be waiting and I also know what will be waiting if I don’t get to getting done.
Each day we have a choice – to appreciate the squirrels in our life (or the donuts, pies, short people, or whatever happens to have its day today) or to choose to appreciate that we are uniquely designed on purpose and for a purpose and pursue that goal.
Focus matters. Achievements without the right focus are just stuff. They will fade away and be lost to the wind. The right focus will make all the difference in your world.
Challenge for Intentional Actions
Questions to Define Right Focus
Are you where you want to be?
What have you been doing?
What could you do?
What will you do?
How will that get you there?
Quote of the Day
“The right focus will keep you moving in your unique direction.” – Kathryn Lang
What Others Say
Exodus 16 – 18
2 Samuel 13 – 16
Ecclesiastes 1 – 3
Jeremiah 19 – 22
Psalm 107 – 112
“There is nothing better for man than he should enjoy good in his labor.” – from Ecclesiastes 2:24
You are designed to enjoy the journey – not to work until you are in a position to quit working and then you can enjoy the journey. When you find the work that is unique for your design and fulfills your heartseed then you will find good in your labor and enjoy the journey.
When was the last time you enjoyed the journey?
How much time is enough time to spend with God to know God?
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