How to Retain Your Focus

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Today I finished a job that was weeks in the making. I took a sigh of relief then I thought about how glad I would be to spend time doing something besides that job. It took so long and there were days I couldn’t see the end in sight! But, it was only one part of a busy week and start to the new year. 

With that sense of accomplishment came the temptation to look around and find something else to get into! I was quickly reminded that there was other work that needed to be completed before starting something else! Then as I often do, I thought about the significance of that reminder. Here’s something I wrote down when I thought about it, before you go do anything else, you need to be certain that you’ve completed the current assignment! 

That’s not really sexy and I’d never think of putting it on a shirt but it did remind me to remain focused! As I sat back down at my desk, I was reminded about another post I was working on as 2022 came to a close. In that post, I asked another question that keeps me grounded, “Am I being successful in my assignment?” It’s easy to become distracted and put down what you’re doing to follow the crowd and do what everyone else is doing or what is considered cool. I couldn’t because I hadn’t yet finished the work for my clients. 

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Before you go do anything else, you need to be certain that you’ve completed the current assignment!

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Comparison is the thief of joy and often times admiring and even envying what someone else has will cause you to miss the beauty in what you’re beholding! Though there was a bit of a reprieve in my home office today, the work continues! 

As you read this, I want to encourage you to keep working! Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing. Don’t count their numbers or try and measure their harvest before your fields turn white! We’re capable of much more than we accomplish. Problem is, we only find out when we’re focused enough to follow through! 

When you’re tempted to detour or deviate from your journey, ask yourself the question, “am I being successful in my assignment?” Lastly, I leave you with this thought. I decided in late 2022 not to spend another day comparing myself to anyone else. Instead, I’m choosing to spend my days and time in compliance to the will of God for my life! That should eliminate any comparison or envy. Try it and let me know how it works for you! 

“Distraction-proof” is my new way of life!


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