Millionaire Advice on How to Stay Focused
Let’s just cut to the chase, your problem isn’t writer’s block.
Your problem isn’t a lack of time, inefficient tools, or because you have another job.
Your problem is that you’re not focused.
Any one of us can say that we love writing or that we’re passionate about it, but that means nothing if you never sit down and put in the actual work.
It’s normal to feel a little distracted from time to time, we’re all human.
However, when it starts to affect productivity altogether, the inability to focus can cost you money and clients.
There are oceans of blogs and articles out there touting the same regurgitated, redundant tips over and over. You could waste time skimming through paragraphs of “get up earlier” and “schedule your day better.”
…or you could take tested, actionable steps that have been used by the pros to acquire millions.
Eliminate the Guesswork, Sam Ovens
Our lives revolve around the hundreds of choices that we’re bombarded with on a regular basis. Upon waking, there is an obligatory need to decide what we’re going to wear, what we’re going to eat, and which tasks take priority. While we’re inclined to perceive this overabundance of options as a luxury, it can actually result in what’s called Decision Fatigue.
Over the course of a day your ability to make clear declines. Our stress level is heightened and cognitive behaviors become more impulsive.
Creator of Consulting.com and millionaire Sam Ovens has found a way to limit the constant distraction of choice by simplifying the way he lives as a whole. Instead of having an excessively large variety of clothing, he chooses five or six pairs of the same shirts, pants, and undergarments, essentially wearing the same thing every day.
If you want to switch it up, apply the same practice and change the colors.
Sam also recommends using one main source of communication for clients. In his Youtube video, he expresses that it’s relatively pointless to have a million methods of getting in touch. Having text, phone, Whatsapp, Voxer, and countless other apps at your disposal just adds to the daily workload.
Pick one, maybe two forms of communication, MAX. Keep it simple.
Sharpen Your Target, Grant Cardone
There’s a reason that only 8% of people succeed in their New Year’s Resolutions. It’s got nothing to do with motivation and everything to do with their level of focus and discipline.
Most of society perceives goal-setting in a fairly singular manner. We say that we want to lose ten pounds or save $1,000. If we don’t lose sight of that small, easily obtainable target within the first eight weeks, we’re sure to end up back where we started from the moment we reach it.
Millionaire Grant Cardone is highly detailed about how he schedules his day, sets his targets, and executes a plan. He often warns that one small victory can lead to a greater loss, whereas several, smaller chunks of victory will eventually lead to success for any part of your life.
It’s not enough to set a single goal alone; sure, aim for that $1,000 target to start with. Once it’s been obtained, up the ante to $5,000 and so on.
Instead of exercising to lose weight, shift your focus to improving cardiovascular function and flexibility. Work toward healthier eating habits (while keeping it simple!) and you’ll eventually see a difference in your weight and body composition.
Grant is also very much against the whole “move in silence” trend. The real estate mogul suggests that the more people you tell, the more likely you are to be held accountable. Not only have you made a promise to yourself to succeed, but you’ve also made a promise to those you care for.
Build a Great Team, Steve Jobs
We’ve all worked in environments that have been less than pleasant. Co-workers throw each other under the bus when things go wrong, the blame is passed down to less “essential” employees, and it’s an overall miserable place to be stuck in.
Conversely, there are highly professional, positive workplaces in which the staff uplifts one another. Management leads by example, toeing the line with necessary disciplinary action and extending reward to whoever deserves it.
Believe it or not, the people you surround yourself with do have a massive impact on your success. There’s a reason why millionaires hire chefs, housekeepers, personal trainers, tutors, assistants, and basically delegate an entire staff in order to keep their lives in check.
I know what you’re thinking…
I can do all those things myself…people who have hired help are spoiled and pretentious.”
I’m just gonna level with you here…you need to grow up. People like Steve Jobs didn’t get to where they are because they took care of everything themselves.
Could he have? Probably.
But why? Why on Earth would you WANT to put that kind of pressure on yourself? Why are you trying to put focus into things that aren’t directly impacting your goals?
Once you’re able to afford it, get someone to clean the house once or twice a month. Have someone prep a few meals a week. Get a business partner to share some of the burden! Find the best people, and keep them close.
Give ONE Goal 100% of Your Effort, J.K. Rowling
Being that we live in 2020, it makes total sense to me that people feel the need to multitask nonstop. I am part of the guilty party, and sometimes it just feels like you’re never doing enough. Unfortunately, that’s how you end up using a full day to accomplish absolutely nothing.
It took J.K. Rowling nearly six years to finish the first Harry Potter book. Once the illustrious novel hit the bookshelves, she published the rest of her series eight to six months apart.
In order to make that happen, Rowling made sacrifices in other areas of life. She wasn’t trying to publish a book, help direct a movie, and start a merch line all at the same time. She focused on ONE goal…writing the Sorcerer’s Stone.
The rest followed as a result of her diligence.
Everyone’s got a great idea, but unless you take action on that idea it will continue to sit in a draft folder. That means writing when you don’t feel like it.
“Sometimes you have to write even when the muse isn’t cooperating.”
Stop checking your email. Stop checking the fridge for snacks. Stop getting up in the middle of your creative process to clean the house and go for a run.
Focus on ONE thing.