The whole of life experience
is the process of setting and achieving goals.
You can’t even get out of bed in the morning
without setting a goal to get out.
Therefore, true leaders set specific and measurable goals and intentions. While this may seem common sense, experience proves that it’s just not commonly practiced.
More importantly Leaders hold their intention regardless of current physical appearances
The true test of Leadership and Character
is not continuance when you see a light at the end of the tunnel.
The true test is continuing when you don’t see the light.
Yet, True Leaders are not just simply setting any goal and intention, rather a goal and intention they have the definite ability to achieve.
Not an easy intention by any means, but research on The Focused Flow State proves that you must have the basic foundation upon which to build. This is a vital principle that I’ve previously discussed elsewhere.
Once you’ve clearly chosen your objective, you move to step number two. Complete immersion in the task at hand.
We live in a culture of deep distraction.
Focus is replaced by folly.
For most, focus is so lacking that they can’t keep their mind on a single point for a minute much less an hour.
Current research tells us the average individual spends 2.15 hours per day in distraction.
Is it any wonder that most never come close to their own Leadership ability and Ultimate Performance?
You can be a light bulb or a laser beam.
A light bulb, lacking focus, lights up a large area.
But the focus of a laser cuts through steel.
Furthermore, the average individual picks up his phone 5 times per hour—five!
I’m sure you can see how very quickly the 49% of your life you have left, after sleeping for 33%; and spending 18% showering, shaving, deciding what to wear, and what to eat, is burned up extremely fast.
Now add the 4 hours per day that the average individual watches television; and you’re basically done.
Is it any wonder that most leave this lifetime with the music still in them?
Most lead lives of quiet desperation
and go to the grave with the song still in them.
~ Henry David Thoreau
Focus is a by-product of the will. Willpower, like a muscle, can and must be exercised and developed.
To develop your willpower, you must first make a solid commitment to remove distractions from your work environment.
This may mean shutting down programs, turning off your phone, and closing your door and having regular office hours. This last one is particularly imperative when you work from home.
Next, research shows we can only maintain super focus for a maximum of 90 minutes at one time. (reference Life Unleashed Blueprint)
As a result, you must discipline your schedule to ninety-minute sprints, after which time you’ll get up, stretch, get some water, go for a brief walk, grab a workout, or some other form of productivity.
This is not a license to dive into video games and cat videos on Facebook after a ninety-minute sprint.
Most people’s minds are about as disciplined and trained as a small puppy.
It’s cute in a child but very unattractive and counter-productive in an adult.
On more than one occasion various team members throughout my career have shared their amazement at the sheer quantity of work I’m able to accomplish in a short amount of time.
This is not because I have any Superpower that you don’t have. We all have more Superpower then we’ll ever know.
It’s only because for years I’ve developed a laser focused will through continuous practice.
When I commit to something I get it done.
The true definition of willpower is the ability
to give yourself a command and then follow it.
Choose an intention that you have the ability to achieve, make it a stretch, and then immerse yourself fully and completely in its accomplishment.
There’s more—there’s always more.
Be a Leader. Live Your Purpose; and Take Your Power Back!