Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Staying Focused and On Purpose

Do you know who you are, where you came from, why you are here, what you are here to do and where you are going when you leave here?  Every individual should know the answers to these questions with a degree of certainty.  Examine your life to make sure you know the correct answers to these questions.  They are very important to your fulfilling your destiny.

Once you realized what your true purpose in life is, you will be compelled to get rid of, and change some things.  Things that you thought were very important might not be that important after all. When you discover your purpose you will be excited and passionate about it. You will not settle for just anything.

Seriously, have you intentionally given thought to the questions posed above?  Why am I here? Where am I going when I leave here (this earth)?  What will it take me to get to that place?  The day I asked these questions of myself, and gave serious thoughts to them, I got clarity of my purpose and I have since built everything that I do around that discovery. These are questions that I encourage my coaching clients to ask themselves.

Having the answers to these questions help me to take the right actions daily to stay focused.  I seek divine guidance and stick to a specific plan of action.  I do get distractions throughout the day, but I consciously stay in control of my time.  I often find myself helping others, through encouragement and accountability to make sure they are doing what they have said they want to do.

Sometimes, we have to abandon some things and drop some people who have no ambition or interest in personal growth and development, from our friendship list in order to ensure that we are productive and not distracted. Distraction leads to failure.  Life should be about success, not one failure after another.  The people with whom we should spend time are those who inspire, motivate, appreciate, encourage and support our efforts.

In conclusion, I would like to leave you three tips for staying on purpose.  We use these methods in coaching.

(1)   Seek clarity through daily prayer and meditation. Once you have done your self-evaluation by asking yourself the questions mentioned above and you are clear about the issues or problems you would like to address, you will be ready to set your goals.

(2)   Set SMART goals and stick to your plan of action. When you make a commitment to change or do something to transform your life, setting SMART goals will help you stay focused, as you will need to stay focused in order to achieve your goals. The acronym SMART stands for Specific, Measurable Attainable, Relevant and Time Specific. Application of this method helps maintain the discipline needed to succeed.

(3)   Get someone to hold you accountable. You will face obstacles as you set out to accomplish your goals and sometimes you may feel like giving up, this is where your accountability partner comes in, he/she can help you stay on track, by reminding you of the goals you set and encouraging you to find solutions to solve the problems, rather than throwing your hands in the air and giving up.

Pauline Lewinson