The Power of Focus!

“The number one reason people fail to achieve their goals is because they fail to set them in the first place.”

Too often we sit around saying, “I’m gunna do this,” “Im gunna do that.” Well time to say enough is enough. Each month you need to have a plan of action for you to complete. These then can be broken down in a day or a week but it must be completed by the next month when you will set yourself something else to work on. Get a partner or coach to work through this with you, and then have them keep you accountable.

The individual that wants to reach the top must appreciate the might of the force of habit… He must be quick to break those habits that can break him - and hasten to adopt those practices that will become the habits that help him achieve the success he desires."

J.Paul Getty

What is a habit? It is a behavior that you keep repeating and if you persist at this new behavior it will eventually become automatic.

A lot of us have spent years creating negative habits which we are now suffering the consequences of. The good news is you can “reprogram” yourself. It’s simply a matter of choice, NO EXCEPTIONS. If building the business you set out to is important to you, then developing a “no exceptions” policy is essential. This means you will maintain your focus no matter what, because you value the long term benefits. People who dabble at change will quit after a few weeks or months… and they usually have a long list of excuses why. Remember, successful people don’t drift to the top. It takes focused action and personal discipline. You can change! One last thing to consider is how long you have had these bad habits.

If you’ve been doing something repeatedly for 30 years, it may take more than a few weeks to break it. It can take a year or more to develop positive belief systems in your life, but by systematically improving one behavior at a time you can dramatically improve your overall lifestyle.


  1. Clearly define your bad or unproductive habits. Write a list.  Sit down and really think about all the consequences of these habits.  Pick the one that has the biggest negative impact on your life.  Example: I give up when I see obstacles.
  2. Define your new habit.  Create a picture in your mind of what you would be like with this new habit.  Example: Don’t give up at obstacles, persist for solutions.
  3. Three part plan.  This is where it’s do or die.  Write down three steps you will have to take to make it happen, situations to avoid, alternatives to the bad habit and DO IT! Find a picture of what you would be like after a year of this new habit and stick it in anywhere you’ll be motivated. Example: Pick up the phone and talk to a motivated person, if feeling unmotivated.

Remember nothing will change unless you do!

*Excerpts from The Power of Focus by Canfield, Hansen and Hewit.


The author Tony Gattari is founder and Chief Energy Officer of Achievers group. He is a much in demand passionate professional speaker, business educator, author and corporate and business advisor.  He has worked with over 200 businesses around the world.                 



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