With the exception of working on today’s art piece, I’ve been literally working on the same project all day long. It’s the last big piece of the puzzle for Monday’s launch of the #BetterBrandingCourse, and I really want to get it right. I knew that if I didn’t commit to working on it distraction-free all day so that I could be done with it, that it would stretch on until Sunday night when I’d be stressed and scrambling to finish. SO I gave myself the WHOLE day and I woke up hoping to feel the focus I’d need to efficiently breeze through this one task.
What I realized? Focus is not a feeling. It’s not something to hope for. It’s not a magical gift from the universe, or a mood, or a whim. It’s a DISCIPLINE.
We can trick ourselves into thinking that it’s the right music or the right processes or that special brand of coffee we like, but truthfully all focus is is a ruthless discipline to be aware of when we’re distracted and to reel ourselves back in. It’s having the willpower to say NO when your mind wants to wander over to Chrome and open up a new tab. It’s saying NO when everything in your body just wants to resist and procrastinate and do ANYTHING else but the task at hand. It’s pulling yourself back again and again, as many times as necessary in order to complete your goal.
Let me tell you, I had to reel myself in A LOT today (and I’m still not done.) But I’m proud (and surprised) at how much I was able to accomplish when I finally realized that my focus is nobody’s else’s responsibility but my own. If you find yourself distracted or unable to sit down and put in the work for something you’re hoping for, ask yourself if it’s really focus you need, or whether it’s in fact just discipline. Then buckle down, flex those focus muscles and get ready to reel yourself back in until you meet your goal.