The Power of Focus – How “Real” is Your Picture of Success?

Having an online business, or developing your offline business online requires hours and hours of time at a computer. This can have some very negative productivity results if a clear focus is not strictly adhered to.

What I mean, is there are so many distractions online – checking your email, checking your Facebook profile or page, clicking on Skype to see your new messages. Then there are the forums you need to check, and your different messaging accounts – Window, Yahoo, MSN, not to mention the MSN home page or checking on the latest stock quotes or baseball scores.

It’s a wonder we get anything done at all.

Today, right after church, I jumped in our Camry with my wife and 12 yr old son and 16 yr old daughter. We headed for Grand Rapids, about 30 minutes away to see our other daughter play soccer. She is a great soccer player and is in her second year of college.

I grabbed a favorite book of mine so I could read during the halftime and other breaks. The book is “Getting Things Done” by David Allen. It is well worn and I have a lot of underlining and notes.

I was astounded by what I read. I haven’t looked at this book in about 4 months. But what’s interesting is even though I have read this chapter a number of times, it never jumped out at me like it did today. It was like I never read this before!

There’s no way I can share adequately the content of this book. I can share my excitement about what it means to me and you can possibly benefit.What jumped out at me to day is this:

The Power of Focus.

Albert Einstein said “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” I am coming to really believe that. What David Allen points out is the focus we hold in our minds affects what we perceive and how we perform. When you focus on something, your online business, your golf swing, or an article you need to write, that focus instantly creates thought patterns and ideas you wouldn’t have had otherwise. Even your whole body responds to that image in your head, as if it were reality.

Do you see how powerful this is? Something else happens in our brains when we create and focus on a clear picture of what we want. This is called the RAS or Reticular Activating System. This is our brain’s search function, so much more powerful than a computer’s. It is programmed by what we focus on, and more primarily, what we identify with.

For example if you have your focus and passion set on getting a red BMW M6, your head will turn at every red car – just to see if it is a BMW. There have been volumes of books and papers written about the RAS. But what is fantastic is that something automatic and extraordinary happens in your mind when you create and focus on a clear picture of what you want.

Here is what David Allen says in his book about this:

“There is a simple but profound principle that emerges from understanding the way your perceptive filters work: you won’t see how to do it until you see yourself doing it. One of the most powerful skills in the world of knowledge work, and one of the most important to hone and develop, is creating clear outcomes.”

I have heard it so many times from people like Bob Proctor, Jeffrey Combs, Jim Rohn and Anthony Robbins – about picturing vividly in your mind what your success will look like. But David Allen has a unique style that really brings it home for me.

So I encourage you to build those vision boards, collect photos of your dream home, car, vacation, charity, or whatever it is that you are building your business for. Spend quality time each day just “daydreaming” picturing EXACTLY “what” it is going to look like. Picture yourself driving that red M6. Feel the warm sand squishing up between your toes, as you walk on the beach in front of your 5,000 square foot home. Make your vision so real that you can literally “taste” it.

What are you doing to make your dream a reality in your mind?

10 thoughts on “The Power of Focus – How “Real” is Your Picture of Success?

  1. Stephen, vision boards and using any other techniques to help us visualize an outcome have real merit. It’s an activity that sounds so simple and yet it can be quite difficult when one first starts. As with everything consistent massive action is the key.

    Before I go to sleep at night I imagine myself going into a movie cinema and sitting down to watch the story of my life. I let it play out in full color, sound and movement. I focus on how I am feeling as I achieve the outcome drawing on all my senses as I’m doing it.

    When I get to the end of my little movie the whole movie house stands and applauds. It is a really wonderful exercise which I enjoy. Thanks for the great post.


    ~Marcus Baker~
    Attraction Marketing Specialist
    .-= Marcus Baker´s last blog ..Business Personal Development – The Secret To Connecting With Others =-.

  2. Hi Stephen, thank you for this great posts. It reminds us of something we all know but often forget in our daily routines. We are more efficient than effective. Especially, I love the idea of visualization – I embrace my collages every day, and they work. I wrote some posts about visualization how I practise it on my own blog. Have a blessed day and take care.
    To a prosperous life
    .-= Oliver Tausend´s last blog ..In MLM, the Marketing Will Build Your Empire =-.

  3. Hi Stephen,

    Thanks for posting this great article. I have heard so many people talk about vision boards but have never done one myself. Must get busy and start building mine.

    It’s so true that when you focus on something that you want in your life you tend to see it everywhere, just like the M6.

    Tristram Lodge

  4. Dear Stephen

    I enjoyed reading this Blog so much, I had to write to say so.
    Thank you for sharing this information with us, you know it’s people like you that makes this business enjoyable.

    I am still learning Network Marketing, and it’s a pleasure so far getting used to the great ideas I am reading about. Thanks again, and wishing more awesome writing from you.


    .-= Rosebud Lamptey-Talabova´s last blog ..All Is Well. =-.

  5. Stephen

    What a great post my friend! Everynight before i go to sleep i always try to picture my success in 5 year from now and just cant fall asleep because of how excited i get! 🙂 But not only does it help me when i visualize my success but when i visualize the success of others around me that i have helped!

    Kyle Nelson
    ~Customization & Marketing Tactics Specialist~
    .-= Kyle´s last blog ..Just Keep Going – Never stop marketing your blog! =-.

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