1- Identify the Destination:
Clearly identify exactly and precisely what is it you want to do and achieve. When well done, you can flawlessly talk about it easily and smoothly with others around. When you are clear enough, others would perfectly repeat what you said because they understood what you are about to do. Not only that, you need as well to be clear about the “why” of what you want to do. The more compelling that “why” for you, the greater chances for you to persist and persevere.
I call this ” The destination”, a clearly defined destination.
2- Strategize “The Direction and the path”:
Now that you clearly know what you want to do, start deploying all your efforts, actions and activities in that direction. Create the path(s) that will end up with you achieving what you are going after. The best way to do this, is to start from the “end point”.
Here’s how a friend mine goes about “Strategizing the direction and the path”. He says: So imagine you are now living in that amazing water-front house you’ve always dreamed of, ask yourself the following: (what happened?). You probably will say “I had enough money to buy it”. The next question to ask is: (how did you get that amount money?), and continue asking a series of questions until your answers take you to where you stand today, then start strategizing your way in the direction of achieving your destination.
3- Go blind and “Focus”:
Of the greatest challenges one faces on the way of achieving excellence is the distraction and falling in the trap of doing things that are not necessarily serving the purpose and intent that was originally created. The best tip I’ve ever heard about staying focused is “Go Blind”. What that means is seeing nothing else around you and paying no attention to anything else other than what takes you in the direction of your destination.
To do that, have a well crafted list of priorities and support it with the needed actions, behaviors and activities that serve the intent and purpose. This works best when your priorities list is visible and accessible enough to easily consult and review on regular basis. Even better if one would automate this list so that it’s always available and manageable. You’ll find that once you start slipping and drifting away from your “direction” it’s always easier to go back because you know you have a “defined direction that you need to walk to reach your destination”, and if you find it hard to continue, you would then know that either your “Destination ” and the “why” are not compelling enough, or the set of actions are not properly aligned with your purpose.
When you are focused enough, you easily cut through the clutter and proceed ahead towards your desired “Destination”.
Be blinded of the activities that don’t contribute to your destination and focus on the ones that support your purpose.