The Power of Focus

 

Successful people stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures… and they also stay focused on the next action steps they need to take in order to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them. 

I talk a lot about winners and losersand by now, you probably know that I don’t think that winning is determined by comparing yourself with someone else.

No, I think that whether or not you’re a winner is determined by comparing your progress with your potential.

When John Wooden was coaching, it’s said that he did not emphasize winning.

He focused on effort.

He wanted the score to be a byproduct of effort.

He felt that you could lose even though you outscored your opponents.  And he felt that you could win even though your opponents outscored you.

If his players gave it everything they had and the scoreboard wasn’t in their favor at the end of the game, he wanted his players to carry themselves in such a way that somebody who “didn’t know the score” wouldn’t be able to tell which team won.

I like that, and I try to live in such a way that if you were to meet me on the street, you’d think I just won the lottery.

Of course, that’s just an expression, since I don’t even play the lottery.

But the point is, I’m so full of inner joy and peace that everyone always assumes that things are going great for me – and as a result, I almost always think that things are going great for me, and the reality is… they are!

Not too long ago, I read that the first fundamental for developing confidence is to focus on your potential instead of your limitations. 

I like that – and I’d like to encourage you to develop the habit of focusing on what’s right in your world instead of what’s wrong, on what you have instead of what you don’t have. 

Some of you might be thinking…  “What if I do that and it doesn’t change anything?”

If it doesn’t change anything, then you’re no worse off than you otherwise would’ve been.  But what if it works?

What if having a positive mental attitude actually changes your life for the better?

It might, so my encouragement to you is to focus on what’s right in your world instead of what’s wrong, and to focus on what you have – instead of what you don’t have.

After all, this is what winners do and you are a winner, and given enough time, you WILL Win – Yes, you ARE a Winner.

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Full Transcript:

Hi, this is Don Howe, and

         The topic for this Golden Nugget is Focus and

         I’m simply sharing some random thoughts concerning Focus.

I’m going to start out by saying that successful people stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures…

and they also stay focused on the next action steps they

need to take in order to get them closer to the fulfillment of their

goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them. 

I talk a lot about winners and losers,

and by now, you probably know that I don’t think

that winning is determined by comparing yourself with someone else.

No, I think that whether or not you’re a winner is determined

by comparing your progress with your potential.

When John Wooden was coaching,

it’s said that he did not emphasize winning.

He focused on effort.

He wanted the score to be a byproduct of effort.

He felt that you could lose even

though you outscored your opponents.  And he

felt that you could win even though your opponents outscored you.

If his players gave it everything they had and the

scoreboard wasn’t in their favor at the end of the game, he

wanted his players to carry themselves in such a way that somebody

who “didn’t know the score” wouldn’t be able to tell which team won.

I like that, and I try to live in such a way that if you were

to meet me on the street, you’d think I just won the lottery.

Of course, that’s just an expression, since I don’t even play the lottery.

But the point is, I’m so full of inner joy and peace that

everyone always assumes that things are going great for me – and

as a result, I almost always think that things are going great for me, and the reality is… they are!

Not too long ago, I read that the first fundamental for developing

confidence is to focus on your potential instead of your limitations. 

I like that – and I’d like to encourage you to develop

the habit of focusing on what’s right in your world instead

of what’s wrong, on what you have instead of what you don’t have. 

Some of you might

be thinking…  “What if I do that and it doesn’t change anything?”

If it doesn’t change anything, then you’re no worse

off than you otherwise would’ve been.  But what if it works?

What if having a positive mental

attitude actually changes your life for the better?

It might, so my encouragement to you is to focus

on what’s right in your world instead of what’s wrong,

and to focus on what you have – instead of what you don’t have.

After all, this is what winners do and you are a winner,

and given enough time, you WILL Win – Yes, you ARE a Winner.

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