Saturday, 12 September 2009

Achieving Success - How to Stay Focused on Just One Opportunity

One of the keys to achieving success is focus and in particular staying focused on just one particular opportunity until it works.

However, maintaining your focus, especially in today's environment, is a real challenge. If you're like the average person you are no doubt literally inundated with opportunities every single day. It's like being a kid in a candy store. When faced with so many tantalising opportunities it's so easy to flit from one thing to another. The problem with this approach is that you find that time months and maybe even years elapse and there's no evidence of real progress.

So just how do you stay focused on one and only one opportunity? Here are 5 tips to achieve this goal:

1. Know Your Why

First of all you need to define your why. In other words what's your end goal? What do you want to accomplish? And why do you want to accomplish this particular goal? You must have a very powerful why. It must be absolutely clear in your mind and remain the centre of your focus as you carry out your daily activities.

Pain is a strong motivator. So your why should be such that not achieving your goal will be particularly painful. And your desire to avoid this pain will be powerful enough to help you break through any fears you may have regarding achieving success in your chosen endeavor.

2. Identify Your Strengths

Knowing and playing to your strengths is vital component in goal achievement. When you play to your strengths you maximize your chances of success and you also achieve success faster and easier. And success breeds success. The other consideration with playing to your strengths is that certain opportunities will be an excellent complement to your strengths and others will not. The later situation could be a clear case of an opportunity you should perhaps forego.

3. Establish Clear Criteria for Assessing Opportunities

Now while generally you should focus on one opportunity and be successful at that before moving on to another there will be opportunities that come along that will compliment and enhance what you're currently doing. So it's useful to develop a checklist to help you assess opportunities that come your way. This will give you a systematic, objective, no-sense approach to of dealing with the multitude of opportunities that cross your path.

4. Identify Your Key Mentors and Coaches

There's a wealth of great information out there and there's also a lot of information that's of poor quality, outdated and inaccurate. Fortunately, once you've been around for a while you discover who you can trust. So it's important to establish a core group of individuals who you know you can definitely trust. Once you've done this, to further improve your focus, unsubscribe from all other mailing lists so that you don't get distracted. You can re-subscribe later on once you've achieving success becomes a habit rather than simply trying out new ideas.

5. Have an Accountability Partner

Having an accountability partner can be a huge benefit. This person needs to be tough and someone who will not tolerate your excuses. Remember, though that you can negotiate exactly what you want to be held accountable for. It can often be an added advantage if that person is accountable to you as well as this can give that added incentive for you both to carry out what you agree to do by maintaining your focus on just one opportunity.

Once you achieved success in one area you'll find it easy to duplicate that success in either the same area or perhaps a different area.

Another way to stay focused on just one opportunity is to have a challenge and a deadline to heighten your competitive spirit and motivate you to pull the stops out to achieve your goals and achieve massive success. For a FREE report on how you can achieve success more consistently and details on how you can join thousands of others in taking part in a special challenge visit:

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