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Improve Focus through the Power of Why

What drives you to do the things that you do? And amidst all the distractions that come your way, why do you still do these things even though you might go sidetracking here and there a couple of times or more? There must be something that keeps you going.

What could it be? And does it improve your sense of focus?

I believe that the thing that keeps you going and doing the things that you have or need to do is the power of Why. This is driven by reason, and molded by your very own values: things that are so significant and important to you that you can’t do anything but focus your entire mind into what needs to be done.

Okay, that’s easy to digest, right? Intentions or reasons are what drive us to do the things we do. They are behind every act, thought, and word that comes from us. So how do you harness the power of Why to improve your sense of focus?

Here are some steps that you can actually do by writing down on a piece of paper and really taking note on the different steps and how they impact your focus.

1. First, know that things “should” be done that will surely make you achieve a step closer to your success. Because you can have a myriad of things that you can do in one day, but most of these are not really that important to the success that you cant to achieve. Pick something that you may be resisting to do. More often than not, we are the ones that sabotage our own successes.

“What are the things that I should do?”

Now you have a reference point to create and discover your higher and more powerful mental motivations.

2. ‘How is this activity important to you?’

Now that you know which activities you need to do, it’s time to rate them according to importance or significance. You may ask the following questions, and answer them, of course:

How significant is this activity?

Is it valuable to my success? How valuable?

What other things can I say about it to highlight its importance?

How many other answers can you identify about this activity?

Write your answers from left to right of the page about an inch below the activity. Basically write what looks like a paragraph of answers.

3. Take note of the feelings that are involved in each activity that you examine.
It’s important to note that reason is still driven by feelings and emotions. Why? Because no matter how you look at it, you’re still human. Why are you even trying to become successful in the first place? Because there is an emotional need that has to be addressed through your success.

Maybe your reason is for your family or for the loved ones that you want to support. You don’t just say that just for the sake of it. You give that reason because something emotional is triggered by that. Humans act with emotions and reason. We all need to be balanced, but still we cannot deny that feelings are part of who we are, and they sometimes propel us to focus.

Hey, we all fall down and waver at times. And that’s natural. Remember, the key word there is at times. If you keep on wavering and falling down, chances are you’re sabotaging yourself.

If you’re really hungry to succeed, you would do everything in your power to keep focused so that you can achieve what you want. No matter what the HOWs are, you would do all of them if you have the WHYs. The means are easy to figure out once you have the reasons for doing them.

So next time you lose focus, ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?”

I’m sure you’ll be back on track in no time.

Your thoughts

What do you think? What are the things that keep you focused? Do you agree to the thoughts presented? What would you like to add?

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Stephen NellasStephen is part of the Software Jewel team, the company behind Clutterpad and BiP. He's also a regular author for BiP.View all posts by Stephen Nellas →