Focus; reframing perspectives for a HQ life

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There’s been an influx of focus on modern titles discussing the quality of our lives and our productivity, addressing how we might improve and essentially, lead more effective, meaningful and even happier lives. 

So whether it’s Marie Kondo’s Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Graham Hill’s LifeEdited,  Simon Sinek’s Start With Why, Ikigai, and all the other hundreds of books on philosophies of improving your quality of life, effectiveness and productivity... they all boil down to focusing on your PURPOSE, VISION, GAME PLAN and on things that MATTER.

So whatever you do, whatever you commit to this year, here are some ideas for how you can get one step closer to your ideal outcome and self at the end of 2018. 

#1: Start with a why

As Simon Sinek puts it, before you begin anything, find out WHY you’re doing what you are planning to do. The knowledge of WHY we do what we do acts as a fuel for the journey. This means constant reminders aka fuel-pumping to help us run a lasting journey.

Starting with a WHY puts our objectives and direction into perspective and almost promises to bring success when we use it with a clear and feasible HOW structure.

TL;DR knowing your WHY gives you strength to run and complete the race; so when things get tough, grit your teeth and remember why you even started your journey. FOCUS.

#2: Have an end in mind

After knowing your purpose for your action, envision your goal. What do you want to achieve? What final outcome do you want to have? Whether it is your work or your personal development, always have a vision that you can work towards. And don’t forget to evaluate the impact of your outcome on the people around you and your environment. Make sure it’s worth it.

TL;DR knowing what you want helps you make better decisions to move towards fulfilling your vision.

#3: Getting there

Here is where our HOW comes into the picture. The reality is, we need to plan our way to success. They don’t just throw around “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail” for nothing. Start researching, go look for people who’ve done it, brainstorm your game plan, map out a blueprint to success. Build the structure you need to achieve your objective and goal.

TL;DR you can’t get to your destination if you don’t even know what means of transport nor which route you are taking.

#4: Ask yourself what matters - decision making

Along the way, you’re definitely going to encounter decision-making, whether big or small. And in each of these circumstances, you’ll definitely need to give up something to make way for your choices. Sacrifices have to be laid down to get to where you want to go. So always ask yourself what matters, in which order do they matter and what their worth is. Know the value of what you’re sacrificing and what you’re gaining.

TL;DR know your priorities and you’ll know what can or cannot be compromised, and what your value-exchange is when you choose to sacrifice for a greater gain.

Essentially, when you know why what you’re doing matters, you enable your mind to focus on the end point rather than the tumultuous journey. And in this process, you need to have game plan, and stick to it, to achieve your objectives and reach your goals. However, sticking to your game plan is never easy and multitudes of challenges lay in wait to get you off-track. So in every step, know why something matters to you and how much it matters. By doing this, you not only simplify your decision-making and lessen stress, you maximise your value-exchange to reach your goals. #nosweat

Chun Mun Hong