Staying focused is a key ingredient to staying motivated and getting great results, whatever you do.

Let me give you the 3 most important keys to staying focused:

1. Sense of purpose – while the world is throwing an infinite array of distractions at you, if you hope to stay focused on a purpose, you certainly need to have a clear sense of what you “want” - what you need to achieve to have what you want occur, and a pretty good reason why you’d put yourself into a focused state of commitment to achieve it. If you’re not clear, then that is an important foundation to work on, and it’s worth fixing as a flat tire is worth fixing…. Without it, you might not get where you want to be, and you might, but you’ll get there a lot slower and possibly with damage to your wheels

2. SMART goal. Having a specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound goal is critical to focus. If you don’t know the measure of your success and how it’s progressing, you are left to your own self-judgment, and usually people are too hard on themselves and drain themselves with self-judgment. With measures, you know where you are and how much attention and energy you need to focus to get to the finish line on time to celebrate your victories.

3. Commitment – A willingness to do what it takes to get to the finish line, and to fulfill the purpose you have established in step one, regardless of if you get to the finish line on time this time around.

If you’d like to explore any of these subjects more deeply, please feel free to contact me and we’ll focus on a subject that’s most important to you.

Author's Bio: 

Jonathan Flaks, M.C.C., Business Success Coach - Since 1998, Jonathan has been helping entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals focus on and reach ambitious goals, maintain continuous confidence and motivation, and achieve balanced success. Jonathan maintains a Master Certified Coach distinction from the International Coach Federation. He earned a dual degree from Cornell University and was Adjunct Professor in Business Leadership and Coaching Skills for New York University. Clients have come from BMG Entertainment, Morgan-Stanley-Smith-Barney, KPMG, Disney, Deloitte, Honeywell, Goldman Sachs, and many entrepreneurial and professional service firms. If you want to start every week with a positive, confident attitude, visit Monday Morning Mini-Motivation Meetings.