How to Focus & Master your Craft

FocusHow many times have you thought of a great idea, then another, and another and felt like you’re truly capable of doing all of them? There are times when our dreams get so big and we can see so many different roads to our future, that it’s hard to focus on merely just one. It’s amazing how far our imagination will take us. One day you’re a top chef in LA, the next day you’re the funniest comedian on Youtube, and tomorrow you’re a promoter of all things fashion. There are so many roles we want to play in our lifetime and feel we have all the time in the world to do them. Time enough to chase that dream, reach that goal, and reinvent ourselves over and over again. Truth is we don’t. We don’t have a lot of time because none of us know when our last minute is coming. So you have to make a choice. A choice to focus on the top most important things you would like to accomplish or acquire.

“When you focus on 10 different things you’re only giving 10%”

When you have so many different things you’re trying to pursue, your effort is half-ass. You’re not totally committed. You haven’t put forth the creative effort it deserves. You’re not putting forth the best of your abilities.

"But what if I have a lot of interest and I’m passionate about many different things?"

Great question. My answer is this: Sit your butt down, decide on the top 3 things (and three is the absolute MAX) and make a commitment to putting your time and energy towards those three things (and ABSOLUTELY nothing else) until they’re complete. Once your foundation is set you can incorporate your other interests one by one and add on to what you’ve already established. Another reason for this is because accomplishments bring on other accomplishments. If you dedicate more of your time towards one thing and reach it, that feeling of pure bliss once you have crossed the finish line will motivate you to keep pressing forward.

When I first started my journey as an entrepreneur, I wanted to do something new every week. On top of my blogging, I started writing a memoir, began launching a housesitting, pet sitting, and babysitting service, taking coaching classes, built not one but TWO websites, all while trying to jumpstart a Twitter, YouTube and IG account for my business -___- . There is no way I could be proficient in any one area. I was totally all over the place. I didn’t realize then that people who are multi-passionate and driven need focus more than anyone else. It’s a skill I had to learn and I’m still working on. Since then, I’ve honed in on a couple of areas and eliminated things that can wait. I am better equipped, more skilled, progressing daily, and enjoying the journey a whole lot more.

Take your time. Develop your craft and then master it. Do all the things you want to do but do it one at a time.

Feel free,

Mel