Narrow Your Focus

Pic from Flickr by Zach Bonnell

Pic from Flickr by Zach Bonnell

Many people live their lives and never see the dream that God has given them come to fruition. I have worked with people that kind of resent you when you talk about your dream. Why? Because they have already given up on theirs.

To pursue a dream, you have to do what no one else is doing. You have to be passionate about your dream. You have to want it so bad that you are willing to give up certain luxuries and comforts to pursue it.

For example: If you are pursuing your dream, it is probably not a good idea for you to watch the 2:00 am showing of SportsCenter.

Your mind will lie to you. Your mind will tell you that you need to watch a couple hours of TV because that is how you relax. Your mind will tell you that you need to sleep on the weekends because you have to get up early during the week. You use your family, normal job, and comfort as reasons why you cannot devote time to your dream.

It is easy to be distracted. It is easy to be so addicted to your routine that you don’t want it to change. However, nobody that has ever realized their dream, did it while sitting on the couch.

If you truly believe in your dream and you really believe that God gave you this dream to accomplish, it is time to remove distractions from your life. How do you do this?

Narrow your focus.

If you want to get better at playing baseball, you don’t study hockey. If you want to be a chef, you don’t go get a degree in auto mechanics.

Think about it.

What has God called you to do?

You need to find people that have already done what you want to do so that you can learn from them. Pay attention to the conversations. Learn from the mistakes as much as you learn from the successes.

I love to read. There are a lot of good books out there. I even occasionally like to read comic books. While there is nothing wrong with that, it needs to be put aside for now. Batman does not help me achieve my dream. I need to read books that are going to grow me and challenge me and push me towards my dream.

I need to put down what is good so that I can chase after what is great.

You do too.

I like podcasts. I like blogs. However, not all the podcasts I listen to or blogs that I read are in the area of my dream. If I am going to be focused on my dream and chase after it, then I have to be intentional about what I listen to and what I read.

So, that means deleting podcasts and blogs that are not in the area of my dream.

This might mean getting rid of cable TV for awhile. This might mean that you have to say no to more things than you originally thought.

You may be thinking that this sounds a little extreme.

Look at this way.

If you want to reach your end goal, you want to achieve that dream God gave you, you will have to do things that don’t seem quite normal.

Nobody said that chasing a dream was easy. If it was easy, more people would be doing it.

If you are going to chase your dream, you don’t have time to be complacent. Stagnant is not in your vocabulary.

Punch lazy in the face. Kick distraction to the curb.

It is time.

It is time for you to chase your dream.

Free yourself from distractions.

Get off the couch.

Narrow your focus.

Get to work.

Chase your dream.