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Focused Execution

 WHAT DISTRACTS YOU?

FOCUS CHALLENGES SPECIFIC TO HIGH ACHIEVERS

1.  High Aptitude – Because high achievers can do many things, they may become distracted by other tasks they CAN do. Just because they CAN do them, doesn’t mean they SHOULD do them.
2. The Need to Figure Things Out – High achievers are good at finding solutions, but sometimes the need to figure things out distracts them from their primary goal. 
3. Being the “Go-To” Person – High achievers, because of their intelligence and reliability, are often sought out to problem-solve or put out fires. Their dedication to others makes them inclined to help. Together, these characteristics result in tension between the desire for focused execution and the needs of others.
4. Ambition -The high achiever has great ideas and wants to achieve a lot. He or she is usually highly aware of the 20 additional projects that need to be completed after the current task. This awareness can make it difficult to stay focused only on the present.

DETERRENTS TO FOCUSED EXECUTION

Worry, disorganization, unfinished tasks, "being in a funk," interpersonal conflict - all of these will lower your mental focus and your efficiency in moving forward. Problem-solve the things that clutter your mental space. Even though it may take extra time on the front end, you will reap the rewards from fulfilling, focused productivity.
People, both the well-intended ones and the annoying ones, are always available to distract you. Ensure that you have personal clarity about your mission, good boundaries, and the ability to protect your time. These skills will allow you to maintain both your focus and your relationships.
It is difficult to maintain focus when you are sad, angry, or even happy. Having a clear plan for what you want to accomplish increases your likelihood of being able to maintain focus despite the presence of strong emotion. Practice following your agenda regardless of your temporary emotional state. Build the habit of staying the course even when you don't feel like it; this skill will yield high dividends over time. It will also help you to feel successful on the emotional days.
Our focus is the strongest when we want something. Focus that originates from obligation or a momentary motivation is fragile. Having a clear vision of where we are going and the specific steps to get there allows us to maintain laser focus across changing circumstances.
If there are several different but equally important things you want to accomplish, it is necessary to figure out the sequence of effort. Otherwise, you will be more likely to bounce back and forth between efforts. This continuous transitioning costs time and concentration.
Momentum builds on itself. When we feel like we are winning, it is easy to keep the focus. Buffer yourself against the loss of focus by predicting that there will be obstacles. Prepare yourself mentally to encounter setbacks so that you are ready to continue moving forward when they occur.

BENEFITS OF FOCUS

♦ You can better PREDICT your performance.

 Increased confidence and less stress

 Financial growth

 Increased capacity to act on new opportunities

 Increased efficiency

 Increased control of your time

FOCUS IS A CAPACITY THAT ONLY YOU CAN PROTECT. NO ONE ELSE WILL DO IT FOR YOU.

–Dr. Tricia

STRATEGIES TO INCREASE FOCUS

Identify one task that will make you feel successful. 

Getting stuck in the chaos of life can happen on a regular  basis, and focusing on the the one thing that will give you the most sense of movement will help you keep on track.

Focus on only one priority in each life category at a time.

Sample life categories might be fitness, family, or financial priorities. Multi-tasking tedious tasks can work, but multi-tasking priorities distributes your energy.

Assess Yourself.

Put your priorities on paper. Periodically, review to see if your behavior is reflecting your priorities. If someone were watching you, would they be able to know by your actions what your priorities are?

Schedule specific times for work and work breaks.

When people try to charge through tasks for extended periods of time, they lose momentum and accomplish less than if they give themselves meaningful breaks.

Focus creates extra time in your schedule. Remember to use that time to refuel and renew.

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