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How to Stay Focused

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Staying focused is HARD. Really HARD. There are so many distractions around us on a daily basis. Alarm clocks, television, email, cell phones, texts, twitter, Facebook, friends, family, co-workers, bosses…the list could go on and on.

If you’re trying to focus on your dreams it can be hard with all that’s going on around you. Focus comes from drive and determination. You have to be willing to say ‘NO’ sometimes to other things and obligations. Especially if they are blocking you from reaching your goals. Now obviously some of us have to keep the day job for now or put up with the day to day obligations like managing a household. But for instance, if that thing you spend your free time on is keeping you from truly focusing on your ultimate goals or dreams it may be time to re-evaluate how you spend your free time. Truly analyze it because it may be taking away more time from you than you think. Our “free” time is too precious for that. And if you’re like me, you’re looking to get away from a job that tells you exactly when your free time is and you have no say in the matter, well that job is getting in the way of your goal…having more free time.

I was taking Italian classes last year for two semesters. I truly enjoyed the class and the people but I felt that I wasn’t learning as much as I should be and wasn’t truly making much progress with the language. It was a free class taught by volunteers so I couldn’t complain about that. But, the structure of the class was that you do the bookwork at home, answer all the questions on your own, then come to class and we would review the answers out loud. It didn’t leave much room for having regular conversations in Italian or group exercises, we just did bookwork. I don’t know about you, but I found that to be a difficult way to learn the language. Especially because it was boring to me. I made the decision this year to put my FOCUS on becoming financially free and being able to quit my day job. Something had to go, and that was my weekly Italian class. I still want to devote time to learning Italian in the future but I decided to pick what was most important to me and myFOCUS and take it out of my life rather than overwhelm myself trying to do too much.

You can’t focus on everything because it really means you’re not focusing on anything.
How do you stay focused?

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