As entrepreneurs, we almost always try to do everything. Not only do we try to do everything, we try to force ourselves into doing it all at once. We need to implement some powerful acronyms to help us achieve more in less time. We’ll dissect F.O.C.U.S. and what it means to Follow One Course Until Success.
Hardly anyone talks about this, and fewer people do it. But you can guarantee that the people that are doing this are getting massive results.
Robert Kiyosaki coined this little F.O.C.U.S. term and I’ve expanded my own version that provides useful in situations where you’re tempted to split attentions: G.R.I.N.D.
G.R.I.N.D. – How to Use G.R.I.N.D. to Stay On The Ball
I’ve spoken about this earlier and how to use it, now let’s dissect it further and apply this mentality to our F.O.C.U.S. and intention game.
Again, for the newcomers, G.R.I.N.D. stands for Get Results Indicative of Necessary Dominance.
When you are looking to dominate situations in life, you’re going to need the type of sharp focus that is rare to find and rarer still to see implemented. Everyone these days are on some type of device: talking on the phone, typing on a keyboard or playing games on some screen.
Entrepreneurs are guilty of this in the way we consume information that can help us get further; we understand that, used correctly, these technologies can be leveraged for our gain. We always want to understand the next strategy, dissect business models and techniques, learn from the greats, and stay in the know of our industry.
This is a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing if you have a self-controlled off switch, and a nightmare if you let these sources run you.
When you’re G.R.I.N.D.ing you are taking everything you need from sources and applying them through steady action and persistence. When you’re G.R.I.N.D.ing, you understand that you need to tune into one task until it’s done. Getting the results opposite of dominating your situation would be further developed by texting at the same time as writing, or researching three different topics at once, or trying to eat while balancing your book reading.
If you put the G.R.I.N.D. mentality to the flame, you will recognize and act on the fact that you cannot properly juggle more than one thing efficiently at once.
You may say “I can do them both, no problem!” in your head, but you know that each thing only gets about 50% focused effort, and by adding more things you siphon off energy from there. Add just one more thing, and effectiveness drops to 33% or below.
By G.R.I.N.D.ing You F.O.C.U.S. Anyways
If you’ve ever started or worked on multiple businesses at once, you realize that not much significance can get occur, even if you hustle. You may think you’re being effective and ambitious, but you are simply not built to handle tons of things going on at one time.
This is not to say it’s impossible. I believe so much more is possible than we know.
I’m saying why not go with the intelligent way our brains were built and minds operate to drill one end vision into our mind and go get it? By setting multiple separate trajectories, there is an inevitable split of tension approaching.
Use all your power to operate in one direction only. All things can be masterfully built in to correlate anyhow!
Instead of the approach of trying to remember to F.O.C.U.S., we should step up a level and assess whether we are G.R.I.N.D.ing or not.
If we’re not willing to Get Results Indicative of Necessary Dominance, how can we be keeping the main thing the main thing?
If we are focused and tuned in to the main goal, then we are already G.R.I.N.D.ing. We are already honed in on the most important tasks for completion of our objective.
Forget about “trying” to F.O.C.U.S. too much, and ask yourself: are you on the G.R.I.N.D.?
Make the Means Match the End
An important strategy to help this focused approach is to always fit what you’re doing into where you’re going. This is very important and will help you achieve the type of success you want in your life. You can learn more about how to do this here.
If your goal does not match your current path to get there, it would be wise to consider switching the path to where you want to be. For instance, if you’re a local accountant but you are looking to become a global businessman, negotiating deals with foreign countries, you’re likely on the wrong path to get there.
If your means aren’t in line with your end, how do you expect to get to that end?
This is a vital point in focusing on the place you want to reach.
Living out a life in one fashion while trying to plan the other is somewhat like leading two separate realities at the same time. They will likely clash and put stress upon you because your mind is where you want to be, yet your daily actions are where you don’t want to be.
This situation can easily be fixed by F.O.C.U.S.ing and G.R.I.N.D.ing.
F.O.C.U.S. on the one thing you want to become, and actually shift your actions to doing the set of things that run parallel with your destination. Grind daily on this ideal by putting in the raw hours, preparing, sweating in the peace time and controlling absolutely every single aspect that you can.
Some things will be outside your control.
Ignore them and push forward with gargantuan action and apocalypse-proof will.
Remember, you cannot build the new until the old is completely destroyed. A caveat to that statement is the fact that you can, and must, build it in your head before you pursue it, but nothing will change until you take the action. Confidently take the action and then become strong enough to summon all the power you will need.
You’ll get far more done if you decide on what you want to do and go in that direction. After this, it’s crucial to not get distracted by all of the things you want to learn and take action on.
Ambitious individuals are often the worst offenders of multitasking and being scatterbrained when it comes to success. It must be easier to sit back and let things happen to you in life, but we wouldn’t know.
This is not something we’re interested in, and we would rather take the pain of disciplining ourselves in the right way.
“There are two types of pain you will go through, the pain of discipline and the pain of regret. Discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” – Jim Rohn
Don’t get weighed down by the tons of regret resting on your deathbed.
Instead, F.O.C.U.S. your energies on the G.R.I.N.D. of taking action on only what will yield the strongest results over time.
The rest is secondary.