Most of our adult lives, maybe even in childhood (I don’t remember) we all attempt to focus on what must be done and what can maybe wait a day or two. Often times, those that are most successful in life have a very unique vision or focus of what needs to be done and when. We set goals, we focus on the objective at hand and we attempt to complete that goal. Sometimes we are successful, sometimes not. Regardless of if your focus is personal or professional, generally speaking we all have a certain focal point of how and what we need to do.
Much like life, running, walking, physical fitness, nutritional goals all require a dedicated focus. As a runner, I set goals. I need to run x number of miles today, this week, this month, this year. I need to ensure that I do the proper workouts at the proper times to ensure success. That said, it is extremely hard to remain 100% focused 100% of the time. We are human after all. I had a wise man tell me one time that a goal should be attainable, but should require significant effort to achieve. We should think of goals as steps on a ladder. Very few of us can jump to the top of a ladder or a set of stairs in one motion. Maybe at the beginning we can take two steps at a time, but when we get closer to the top, it gets harder. Most of us, generally, take one step at a time. This is where goals and focus meet.
If you are trying to get in shape, lose weight, lower your blood pressure, or whatever you MUST set a series of goals and focus on the one that is most achievable. I have run 24 marathons, and I want to run another. Running the marathon distance again is my long term goal, however there are literally hundred of other smaller short term goals that must be achieved prior to getting there. Yes, you can focus on the ultimate, but if you let your focus ONLY be on the prize at the end, your chances of succeeding often end up in failure. Focus on the goal that is right in front of you. Focus on the goal that will get you to the next step on the ladder and once you get to that next step, move your focus to the next step. So on and so on. If we all do this, regardless of situation, you WILL end up at the top eventually. It will take time, it will take effort. But it will be worth it in the end.