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Coach's Corner - What is Important?

  • September 3, 2019
  • Written by Community Futures Meridian

 “Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” Paulo Coelho, Novelist

We all have things that are important to us. We all get distracted from those important things by something urgent. Being urgent doesn’t equate to being important.

Is it really critical to focus on what is most important? Whether it is in our business or our personal life, we need to ask questions to determine not only what that important thing is but how to ensure we are continually focusing on it and not getting distracted. We need to avoid the urgent unless it is truly important.

It is a worthwhile exercise to start your day by looking at what you want to accomplish. What is your primary goal for the day? Deciding what is the most important thing you can be doing, gives you a direction, a focus.

The next question becomes; how are we going to allocate our time to ensure we are tackling the most important work we need to do? What distractions might arise? How can we avoid them? Or, how do we handle them?

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four-hour days.” Zig Ziglar, Motivational Speaker

With distractions, such as emails, phone calls and other interruptions, we need to figure out what will work for us. Do we set aside a time for emails? Do we let phone calls go to voicemail? Do we close our door or find a quiet space? It is necessary to foresee the common distractions and figure a way to deal with them. It may be different for each of us as to how we cope with the distractions.

As you go about your day with a specific goal in mind, you sometimes need to take a break from the work and assess how things are going. Are you still on track? What other steps do you need to be taking? Have you become distracted? How have you managed your distractions?

We all have a good feeling when we have accomplished something important. To ensure that happens most days, we really need to be intentional about what is important by looking ahead and making it our goal.

“Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them. “Jack Canfield, Author

Paul Abra, Certified Executive Coach, Motivated Coaching

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