Remember the time you went to the pharmacy to buy bandages, and you spent 15 minutes wondering which kind to choose?
Correct. The irony is that too many options tend to leave us scattered and prone to underestimating the value of choosing ONE thing at the time and excelling at it, without getting deteriorated from our most important tasks.
If you find it difficult to stay focused on ONE thing at the time, don’t worry. I got you covered!
The fear-of-missing-out (FOMO) is triggered by the lack of personal boundaries: to prioritize our main goals even if that means saying “no” to less important tasks or hobbies.
As Steve Jobs said, Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.
That means honoring our non-negotiable priorities.
Honoring our non-negotiable priorities requires focus.
Having laser focus requires discipline.
First, allow me to say— I wasn’t born disciplined. I have always been swayed by multiple hobbies and interests:
I love dancing, I love traveling, I love art, I love photography, I love reading, I love writing, I love yoga, I love meeting new people.
However, my main focus, at the moment, is my coaching work. Why?! Because it’s humanitarian and it helps people to feel better.
Having hobbies is not the same as having a life purpose.
How did I say “no” to my other hobbies without feeling as if I was missing out?
By honoring my committed “YES” to coaching clients as my ONE primary focus.
We all have 24 h in a day. The key to being more disciplined is to being clear on what needs to be done FIRST before anything else. This means that, sometimes, we have to turn down requests and miss other fun activities. Remember, there is always be something else that seems appealing or more exciting to do than our current tasks. It is always our own choice how to spend out time.
It’s a perk and a peril to live in a society where there is an overflowing stream of options: from leisure to Netflix, to dining out and even dating. When we have too many options we often find it difficult to stay committed to one main thing.
Download the one-thing-check-list to get started.
Try the techniques in this exercise for at least five days and if you still need help to stay on track with your prioritize – schedule a consultation with me.