Succeed By Focusing Your Efforts

by James on 12/21/2010

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Are you currently working on money-making projects outside of your full-time job? If you are, you’re probably doing this because it either makes an obvious difference on your financial statement or you hope it will in the near future, right? Extra income is always a great thing, but if you’ve been working on one extracurricular project after another, your quality of life must be suffering a bit. Wouldn’t you enjoy more time to spend with your family and friends?

Once your free time has been gobbled up by additional work, there will come a time when you no longer feel that the extra income is worth all the additional time spent working. The worst part is that you have to keep taking on more projects and working longer hours to make more money. It is easy to give up on your dreams at this point because you get burnt out. Before giving up, take a few steps back and look at what is wrong with your situation. Remember, it does take hard work to achieve the lifestyle you desire, but it should get easier with time, not more difficult and more time consuming! If you follow these simple steps, you’ll be on your way to a more successful life!

1. Don’t multitask! The ability to multitask can be a very good thing! Computers do it well and some people do, too! Unfortunately, when it comes to being the best you can be at anything, it requires that you focus on it to reach your maximum potential. If you find yourself starting, stopping and switching from one project to the next without completing any of them, you really need to follow this step! Additionally, if you have a full-time job like most of us, it is even more critical that you focus your efforts and become great at one thing.

2. Focus on potential. Think about the lifestyle you want to have for a moment. Now drop every project you are currently working on if it doesn’t have the potential to get you there! I’m serious! Why are you wasting your precious time? I can probably answer this question… because the extra income is nice. Don’t let a little padding on your financial statement prevent you from reaching your goal! You may suffer a bit (financially) while you refocus your efforts, but you won’t regret the move later. You’ll wonder why you didn’t make the move sooner!

3. Delegate work. If you want financial freedom like I do, then you must realize that achieving this on your own is extremely difficult or even impossible. You must be able to delegate work to others. If you aren’t good at something or don’t know how to do something, find a mentor who can show you how to do it correctly. If there are simple, but time-consuming tasks to complete, find someone who can do it for you. If you are starting a business or you have a business that you want to grow, the people you surround yourself with will directly impact your success. Delegation is critical. There simply isn’t enough time in the day to accomplish it all by yourself.

Making the conscious decision to focus your efforts can be very difficult indeed! Saying ‘No’ to new projects that don’t offer the potential you are looking for is a big step for some of us. However, if you follow the steps listed above, you will definitely give yourself the best opportunity to succeed and achieve the lifestyle you dream of and deserve! Don’t wait another day to get started!

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