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Narrow the Focus

30 March, 2017

Apparently using the excuse "I’ve been too busy" for not getting things done is not an excuse any more! The last few podcast interviews of very high profile successful people, who have major projects on the go, all say the same thing: "being busy is a myth".

Some of the people I follow seem to accomplish monumental things that I cannot perceive how they would find the time to achieve all the while maintaining a balanced, healthy life.

If you learn about how people like Seth Godin, Derek Sivers, Stephen Pirie, Tim Ferriss, Arnold Schwarzenegger & Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) organize their lives you will see that all these people have a passion that drives them, which leads to very high levels of commitment to their cause. They are very well organized because they all have families and value their time. They outsource all the stuff they don’t want to do, they are not afraid to fail and in most respects embrace it, and because they have balance in their lives they become extremely focused.

Over the years I have been guilty of having a very wide focus, and that’s partly because I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I grew up…. I would dart from one thing to the next and often have multiple things on the go at a time. I often got overwhelmed and ended up letting people down because I couldn’t commit to things.

"One of the most important changes I have made in my life was to narrow my focus. To do that I needed to figure out where my passion was and then choose a few successful people to follow; people I could mirror, and gain knowledge from. "

"Narrowing my focus has led me to mastering a few things at a time rather than trying to learn everything about everything."

One of the most important changes I have made in my life was to narrow my focus. To do that I needed to figure out where my passion was and then choose a few successful people to follow; people I could mirror, and gain knowledge from. Then it was time to get to work.

By blocking out all the other ‘noise’ from everything else out there I have managed to come a long way in a short time. In the health & fitness industry it is very tempting to adopt different fads, so I have made sure that the philosophies I follow are sustainable long term and will help people in a meaningful way.

Narrowing my focus has led me to mastering a few things at a time rather than trying to learn everything about everything.

So let’s relate all this to you and your quest to achieve your goals.

You can’t change the world over night. Start by making small changes and look up the meaning of Kaizen. It is most important to make changes in yourself rather than try to change everything around you.

Health & fitness is a journey, not a sprint, and any products out there that market quick results are usually not sustainable methods of reaching your goals. Don’t be a yo-yo; look for sustainable methods that address your health holistically.

I don’t know how this works, but for me, it has been present throughout my life.If I have a goal I put it out there to the universe by picturing it in my head. I visualize the outcome, make a plan, talk to some people and get to work, but very importantly I say to myself, ‘Let it go.’ By doing this I somehow release the stress of achieving the goal, let the universe do its magic while I plug away at the task ahead. By stressing about it and trying to force stuff to happen, I usually go backwards and I’m provided with a lesson that always seems to mean; slow down and let the universe catch up.

There’s no scientific evidence that this works and you may think it’s all a bit weird, but time and time again this has worked for me. You may want to call it the universe, God or Juliette or Stan!

Find your passion. Narrow your focus. Let it go. Work with the universe not against it.

"Find your passion. Narrow your focus. Let it go. Work with the universe not against it."

Curtis Palmer is a Paralympian wheelchair rugby player, qualified personal trainer, coach, motivational speaker and father. He has also been a journalist, TV presenter and authored a book about his life's journey: https://curtispalmerpt.com/

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