The Discipline Of Focus – 5 Ways To Help You Focus


Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently. So choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting and joyful. Your life is always moving toward something.

Ralph Marston

It’s so easy to become distracted and to lose focus especially in today’s world.  I was listening to a podcast the other day, and someone mentioned that the average person’s attention span is eight or nine seconds.

This means you may already have tuned out as you read this post.


Did that help?

Sometimes we need a bucket of ice water poured over our heads to get our attention.

Focus is critical to getting things done.  In fact, I believe the discipline of focus is something we all must learn to practice.

John Lee Dumas has an acronym for the word focus:  F.O.C.U.S. – Follow One Course Until Success

We live in a world that is clamoring for our attention.  The internet is a great resource, but it also a tremendous time-waster.  It’s easy to get sucked into the social media black hole of Facebook, Twitter, or elsewhere where are attention is diverted away from what really matters or from what we really want to do with our lives.

Five Ways To Help You Focus

  1. Determine to pursue focus.  Focus doesn’t happen by accident.  We’re all built differently, so focus may come easier for some.  Developing the discipline of focus requires an intentional decision to pursue focus.
  2. Settle on your focus.  There are many, many great things we can do in life, but we can’t do it all.  In order to be effective, we must learn to narrow down our list of priorities.  Once you decide on your focus, it will make it a lot easier to move ahead.
  3. Recognize your areas of distraction.  Everything outside your area of focus is likely to become a distraction.  Some things naturally distract us more than other things.  Knowing this help you be on guard against the demons of distraction.
  4. Fight like mad to eliminate distraction and to stay focused.  Practicing the discipline of focus is not easy.  It takes courage.  It takes stamina.
  5. Ask someone to hold you accountable to staying focused.  Pursuing a goal is so much easier when we have someone cheering us on.  We need people in our lives who will call us out when our focus starts to fade.

I’m going to keep this short today.  Take time to practice these ways to bring more focus into your life.

How would your world be different if you made the decision to focus?  How has focus made a difference in your life?