To reach your goals you must focus on them. Focusing involves two unique steps, sight and sharpness. Like using binoculars you must first look in the right direction, get the object in your sights. Next you have to adjust the binoculars so you can see the object clearly. Focusing on your goals requires the same two steps.
First you must know what to look at, what is the goal you want to accomplish. What are your long term and short term goals? What things do you need to do to reach these goals? At this stage it is important to step back and look at where you want to go and what path you want to take to get there. If you want to have a balance in your life between work and family then you will need to create goals around how much you will work or how you will prioritize family involvement. Start with the high level goals such as “Spend more time with my family” and “Work less on weekends”. Now you have an idea of what you will be focusing on, and it’s time to get clear on what that means.
Once you know what your goal looks like you need to sharpen your focus. This goal must be something that you have clearly defined. You know what it is, you know what it looks like, how your life will be different, and how you will feel upon successfully reaching it. This is similar to the idea of adjusting the binoculars to get the image clear in your sights. The more clearly you can describe and visualize the goal and life after reaching it the easier it will be to bring it into focus. This means more than just saying “I will spend with my family”. It means being crystal clear such as “I will be home for dinner with my family at least 4 days each week and I will not work on weekends”. The second version is much more specific and it’s easier to see if you are meeting this goal.
The first step is to identify what is your goal and then you get clear on what it means to you. Taking these two steps will help you take action. You will know where you’re headed and how you are going to get there. It takes vision and clarity to reach your goals so improve your focus by defining your goals and getting clear on what that goal means to you. Once you have these in your sights you can create the action steps needed to reach them. You will be on your way!