If you focus on what is important to your growth and development in life, there is nothing you cannot achieve. But if you engage yourself in time-wasting activities, it will be difficult to get anything done.
Here are some quotes that will help you focus on what is important:
Voitaire said, “The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater their power to harm us.”
This is the biggest problem with people. People are not successful not because they are not smart enough, or they are not prepared to be successful, but because they spend their entire life fighting the past. The problem with fighting what had happened is that you are wasting the time you need to focus on what is before you. Fighting the past prevents you from enjoying the moment. It prevents you from getting the job done. It increases your stress level. In order to move forward and enjoy your life, it is time for you to acknowledge the past, learn from it, and move on. You cannot move forward without disconnecting yourself from past mistakes. Your future has no room for past mistakes. Get over it and move on!
Another reason it is not ideal to dwell in the past is because what you pay attention to will grow to dominate your mind. As you might understand, whatever you allow to dominate your mind will control you, and what controls you is your master. Do not waste your energy living in the past. Focus on what is ahead of you.
Lyndon B. Johnson said, “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”
What happened to you yesterday, no matter how terrifying, is gone. The mistakes you made yesterday are done. The way you behaved yesterday is done. The money you lost yesterday is gone. Since yesterday is gone, we still have tomorrow to win or lose. Are you going to focus on yesterday or on tomorrow? If you focus on yesterday, you will lose everything. You will lose today. But if you focus on now, without interruptions, you will win tomorrow. Tomorrow’s successes will depend heavily on what you do today. If you don’t focus on today, you will miss tomorrow. Tomorrow belongs to those that prepare for it today.
Finally, according to John C. Maxwell, “If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.”
Your comfort zone means you are living or working in a place where there are no challenges. It means you have reached your limits. It means you have no room to stretch yourself anymore. It means you have no room to expand yourself anymore. One thing is clear about living or working in your comfort zone: “It is not helping you; it is hurting you.”
If you want to grow, you need to step out of your comfort zone. Stop doing the same thing over and over again, pretending you are learning, or pretending you are an expert. No, you are not an expert. You are only doing what your brain is used to. If you really want to grow, find a place where you are allowed to take risks. A place where taking risks is not penalized. Look for a place where their is chaos, and join in. You cannot grow without changing. If you are growing, you are changing. If you are not growing, you are shrinking. Don’t shrink, grow!
Putting it Together:
If you want to grow, you have to focus on what is important to you and your development. Learn to let go of the past. The past is gone, tomorrow is coming. Be ready!
Are you ready? What are you focusing on? Are you focusing on the right things?