Focus on the Important

  • Every Leader needs to "Focus on The Important" and spend less energy on the unimportant. We are always getting distracted by others tugging at our time, our weaknesses and our minds, trying to get us to focus on their agendas. As I've said before, this is your dream, this is your business; you need to lead by example and stay laser focused on your goals and objectives. 

    A Harvard Business review article by Daniel Goleman, says there are three things a leader must focus on:

     

    1. Self-awareness: Hearing your inner voice is a matter of paying careful attention to internal physiological signals. 
    2. Expand Your Awareness: Get into a "mastermind group to help you develop your "True North Compass" and share your ideas and get feedback from those you can trust ... “a safe place,” Bill George, professor at Harvard BS, explains, “where members can discuss personal issues they do not feel they can raise elsewhere—often not even with their closest family members.
    3. Self-control. “Cognitive control” is the scientific term for putting one’s attention where one wants it and keeping it there in the face of temptation to wander.

     

    "Every leader needs to cultivate this triad of awareness, in abundance and in the proper balance, because a failure to focus inward leaves you rudderless, a failure to focus on others renders you clueless, and a failure to focus outward may leave you blindsided."  Copyright © 2017 Harvard Business School Publishing. The article: https://hbr.org/2013/12/the-focused-leader 

    You must master yourself. Take control of your future and be the person you've dreamed you could be. Do a self-assessment regularly and ask yourself, "Am I doing everything I can to advance my team and myself?" Write your plan and follow your plan daily, weekly and monthly. Don't waiver. Be relentless. Be passionate. Be prepared for the worst and embrace the success. and  ... Never Give Up!

     

    John Roth

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