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We Hit the Targets of Our Focus

by David DeFord

My wife Kathy and I just completed a week-long bicycle ride across Missouri on the Katy Trail. During the ride I enjoyed hours and hours of contemplation. I made several observations.

Throughout the beautiful ride I noticed that when I saw a stick or rock on the path ahead and watched it carefully so I could miss it with my wheels, I usually hit it.

The more I watched the objects, the more likely I would run over them.

I also noticed that if I focused harder on missing it, I could.

We hit the targets of our focus.

To live a life of balanced happiness, we must focus on all of the most important areas of our lives.

If we provide enough focus on our marriage, your love will grow. Our families will remain close, supportive, and loving if we concentrate enough focus on them.

If you have a religious faith, live it fully. Be steadfast in keeping the standards of your faith. Don’t let situations dictate your religious performance. Dedicate adequate time to grow spiritually.

As we focus on our careers, we will achieve the success we pursue.

Some simple tips follow. If you use all of these tips as minimum focus requirements you will be well on your way to balanced happiness.

  1. Have a weekly date with your spouse. Be creative. Be consistent.
  2. Once a week, let no outside influence keep you from spending concentrated time with your family. Protect the evening. Play games, eat delicious refreshments, and teach your children your values.
  3. Be home with your family for dinner. Make dinner a pleasurable experience.
  4. Set aside daily time for spiritual study, prayer and reflection.
  5. Work hard when you are at work. Concentrate your efforts on meeting your most important professional goals.
  6. Take time to ponder the status of your marital, family, spiritual, and professional lives. Make improvements as needed.
  7. Listen, observe, and learn from life continually.

Of course these steps will not guarantee balanced success and happiness. But by following them, focusing on these four important areas of your life, you will certainly increase your balanced success.

By following these steps you take control of your life—setting boundaries from outside interference by less important factors.

We hit the targets of our focus.


Related Quotes

"There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants and a burning desire to possess it." Ronald Reagan

"Keep your eye on eternal goals." John H. Groberg

"The successful woman is the average woman--focused." Ruth Williams

"It’s not what’s happening to you now or what has happened in your past that determines who you become. Rather, it’s your decisions about what to focus on, what things mean to you, and what you’re going to do about them that will determine your ultimate destiny." Anthony Robbins

"If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results." Jack Dixon


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