Proverbs 23:7 “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”
Matthew 6:22 says, “The light of the body is the eye: If therefore your eye is single, your whole body shall be full of light”.
A focused person has an unlimited potential within them. They possess the discipline to stay on course, not to waver, but to reach their destination.
They make themselves do something they do not want to do.
They stop themselves from doing something they do want to do.
They make themselves keep doing the things they need to be doing.
Discipline is all about the ‘mind’ (the ability to focus), and the ‘will’ (the ability to keep going).
People with big hearts are really people with a big mind and a big will. They will themselves to get up and get going. But it starts with focus. If there is no focus, there is no will.
Our focus can be affected in two ways:
- Distractions – Matthew 6:22 says if the eye is “single” (i.e. not distracted). Distraction is a thief. It robs us of what's important. We can be distracted by insignificant things that yell, "I'm urgent!" We can also be distracted by chasing too many goals. As the saying goes “If you chase two rabbits, you catch none”.
Jack Welch, the former great CEO of General Electric said when you focus, you bring out your best. It’s when you spread out and try to do everything, that’s when you will only ever reach an average level in your life. We need to know what we are called to do, what we are able to do and leave the rest for others.
- Wrong focus – It’s sustained focus that gets the results. It’s the tree that you keep watering that grows. Make sure you are watering the right tree!
Unsuccessful people focus their thinking on survival. And that’s what they always get – they are just surviving in life! Average people focus their thinking on maintenance and end up getting an average return in life. This is called being mediocre. Successful people focus their thinking on progress. They keep moving forward, progressing, step by step. These people achieve their goals, fulfill their dreams and become successful in life.
One of the keys to focused thinking is what are you “feeding” your mind?
What we read is what we think about.
What we watch is what we think about.
What we talk about is what we think about.