Focus on the Present

August 4, 2008 § Leave a comment

Focus on the present

By John C. Maxwell


JUST AS YOU SHOULD KEEP YOUR focus off yesterday, you shouldn’t have it on tomorrow. If you’re always thinking about tomorrow, then you’ll never get anything done today. Your focus needs to remain in the one area where you have some control—today.

What’s ironic is that if you focus on today, you get a better tomorrow.

I try to do certain things every day to help me in this area. I read daily to grow in my personal life. I listen to others daily to broaden my perspective. I spend time thinking daily to apply what I am learning. And I try to write daily so that I can remember what I’ve learned. I also try to share those lessons with others.

Today’s lessons become tomorrow’s books.

Every day, I read aloud to myself the daily dozen list from my book. Today matters to help me focus and have the right mind-set. You should do something similar. You can’t change yesterday. You can’t count on tomorrow. But you can choose what you do today.

Give today your focus and reap the benefits tomorrow.

American dramatist and screenwriter Sidney Howard remarked, “One-half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.” Change always costs you something, if not monetarily, then in time, energy and creativity. In fact, if change doesn’t cost you anything, then it isn’t real change!

As you consider how to make the changes needed to improve and grow, it is important to measure the cost of change compared to the cost of the status quo. You have to do your homework. That often makes the difference between: Change = Growth and Change = Grief.

What will the changes you desire really cost you?

Management expert Tom Peters gives a perspective on this. He suggests, “Don’t rock the boat. Sink it and start over.” If you desire to be creative and do something really innovative, that’s sometimes what it takes.

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