Do you struggle with focus? In talking with entrepreneurs, I’ve discovered a lot of entrepreneurs fall into one of two main categories:
- Those who struggle with focus and shiny object syndrome.
- Those who meditate or practice mindfulness in some form.
Entrepreneurs are often creative people filled with ideas along with lots of courage and gusto. I think this is why many of them fit into the first category. Their ideas are flowing a hundred miles a minute. I can totally identify with this and honestly tell you there are many times when my mind races from one thought to another.
Discovering how to channel your thoughts and become focused can be a major breakthrough. I know it was for me. I discovered that mindfulness caused me to feel calmer and it definitely helped me channel my thoughts in one direction.
Have you ever had one of those days where you felt you were just flitting from one form of busyness to another? As the hours passed, did you wonder what you were really achieving? I feel a little sheepish to admit that there have been times in my life when this feeling went on for weeks at a time.
The secret to only working three hours a day, is to make those three hours count and to outsource. If you are at the start of your entrepreneurial journey, you can decide to work towards a three-hour day. It can be done, but it will take time to get there.
One day I downloaded a training series that seemed particularly intriguing. The man who wrote and presented the material was a doctor of psychology and he had a scientific approach. He also had plenty of experience working one-on-one with struggling entrepreneurs. His track record indicated that he had transitioned many fledgling business people to notable success.
His training sessions emphasized living in the moment and he encouraged the trainee not to worry about the past or the future. In fact he said that is exactly what causes many people to lose focus and subsequently meander in life from one partly finished, unsuccessful endeavor to another.
Two things are necessary for business success; excellent focus and a well thought-out plan. Get a solid plan in place; couple it with a crystal clear level of focus and you will make measurable steps towards completing your plan. A daily mindfulness practice will help you gain the focus you need.
Maybe that is why so many successful entrepreneurs practice some form of meditation or mindfulness. They’ve experienced the positive results first-hand and have become committed to the practice because they know it works for them.
They’ve discovered they can chose to work only three hours a day, still have a vibrant, healthy business and have that awesome feeling of success.