STAY FOCUSED – You get what you focus on; so focus on what you want



You are living in a fast-paced world where you can get distracted easily by a lot of things every day. You can try everything but if you lack focus in your life, it is pretty impossible to become successful. Focus is the thinking skill that allows you to begin a task without procrastination and then maintain your attention and effort until the task is complete. Focus helps you pay attention amid distractions and setbacks and to sustain the effort and energy needed to reach a goal. 

Let me explain with an inspiring example and help you to know why focus is important in your life. This is the story of a young boy who focused on achieving his goal and learnt how to use his weakness to be his great success.


A 10-year-old boy decided to study judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident. The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn’t understand why, after three months of training the master had taught him only one move.

“Sensei,” the boy finally said, “Shouldn’t I be learning more moves?”

“This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you’ll ever need to know,”the sensei replied.

Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training. Several months later, the sensei took the boy to his first tournament.
Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his only move to win the match.

Still amazed by his success, the boy was now in the finals. This time, his opponent was bigger and stronger. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a time-out.
He was about to stop the match when the sensei intervened. “No,” the sensei insisted, “Let him continue.”

Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament.
“Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?”
“You won for two reasons,” the sensei answered. “First, you’ve almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defence for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm.”
The boy’s biggest weakness had become his biggest strength.

Sometimes we feel that we have certain weaknesses and we blame the circumstances and ourselves for it but we never know that our weakness can become our strength one day if we only focus on what is important in our life.

Focus can profoundly change everything. As it is said – “Energy flows where the attention goes”. When you focus on something, it expands. It is necessary to understand why focus is so important, so you can use it to your advantage.


Here are the reasons why focus is important in your life.


1. It helps you change your life.

Focus can change your life dramatically. When you focus on your life to make it better, it will start to get better eventually. The more you focus on life, the better your life will be. The boy in the story that you have read little earlier showed how he focused on his dream, which eventually changed his life successfully.



2. It gives the ability to choose the opportunity.


Focus will help you to discover the path that you don’t even know exist. There will be huge opportunities that may come your way but being focused will help you choose which one is best for you. We become so blind with our problems in life that we forget to focus on possibilities. So, you need to start looking for possibilities in your life and you will open new doors to new opportunities. The boy in the story had his own physical problems yet he was so focused and chose the right opportunity of becoming a champion in Judo.


Just remember that focus is important in your life in order to embrace the correct opportunity around you.


3. Focus expands your knowledge.


Focus will help you to expand your intelligence and knowledge. When you start to focus on learning, your knowledge will expand eventually.


Focus on learning new things every day. Make learning a priority in your life. However, there are going to be distraction around you, but you need to focus anyways.


The boy didn’t give up after losing his arm in an accident. He endeavoured to learn something new and he chose Judo as his passion. Though he had doubts about the only move that he had been taught, he trusted the master and focused only on becoming a champion.


You need to ignore the inner doubts and distractions around you and focus on your passion to go heights.


4. It helps you achieve your goals.

Your focus will determine the level of achievements you get in life. When you bring your focus to achieve something in life, you will reach your goals. Otherwise, you will end up wasting your time and energy on useless things.



If the boy in the story had locked himself down after losing his arm, he would not have achieved his goal successfully. He focused on the single move, which he practised every day which led him to achieve big at the end.

Life is like a camera, focus on what is important and capture it.

If you want to reach your targets, bring your focus to the goals and keep working until you achieve it.

5. Focus helps you become successful faster.

When you are focused, no one can stop you to achieve success. Successful people are focused on their mission. They work on their goals every single day. This helps them achieve success faster than anyone. When you focus something, you need to work on it consistently, like the boy in the story. He not only focused on his goals but also practised it every day, though it was a single move, which made him successful faster.


You would have heard the story of Arjuna in Mahabharata. When everyone else got distracted with the other things like trees, fruits, leaves, only Arjuna could focus on the wooden bird’s eye painted by Dhronacharya. And because of his focused mind, he was able to hit the eye correctly.  



You now know why focus is important in your life to achieve the success you desire.

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Successful people never let distractions come in their way.

Focus can change your life if used correctly. Successful people know the importance of focus in life. Your focus will determine the level of success you achieve.

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