There is a great story that teaches the power of focus:

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Like the story above, when you change what you focus on, what you focus on changes. If you focus on the bad things in your life, it expands, and if you focus on the good things, the good things expand.

Here are some great quotes on the power of focus:

  • “What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.”  – Hebert Simon
  • “The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” – William James
  • “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee
  • “It is wise to direct your anger towards problems – not people; to focus your energies on answers – not excuses.” -William Arthur Ward
  • “You don’t get results by focusing on results. You get results by focusing on the actions that produce results.” – Mike Hawkins
  • “My success, part of it certainly, is that I have focused in on a few things.” – Bill Gates
  • “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” – Mark Twain
  • “Focus is a matter of deciding what things you’re not going to do.” – John Carmack
  • “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” — Socrates
  • “Your focus should be on creating an environment where growth can occur and then letting nature take its course.” – Patrick Lencioni
  • “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” – Zig Ziglar
  • “Focus on your goals, not your fear.” –  Roy Bennett
  • “Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.” – Greg Anderson
  • “The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.” – Brian Tracy
  • “If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.” – Jack Dixon
  • “Focus and simplicity…once you get there, you can move mountains.” – Steve Jobs
  • “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” – Alexander Graham Bell
  • “Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.” – Josh Billings
  • “The only prudence in life is concentration.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.” – Eckhart Tolle
  • “Getting distracted by trifles is the easiest thing in the world? Focus on your main duty.” -.Epictetus
  • “Given that we cannot manage time, we must focus on what we can manage. And what we can manage are the choices we make and actions we take with the time we have.” – Nancy Morris
  • “The time that leads to mastery is dependent on the intensity of our focus.” – Robert Greene
  • “It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” – Henry David Thoreau
  • “The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.” – Michael Porter
  •  “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” – Stephen R.Covey 
  • “Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.” – Lin Yutang 
  • “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks” – Winston Churchill
  • “Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.” – Tony Robbins
  • “Goals provide the energy source that powers our lives. One of the best ways we can get the most from the energy we have is to focus it. That is what goals can do for us; concentrate our energy.” – Dennis Waitley

All the best in your quest to get better. Don’t Settle: Live with Passion

Lanre is a Digital Strategy Specialist with 8+ years experience in System Administration, Cloud Computing, and Digital Marketing. He is an avid reader, marathon runner(10+), lifelong learner, and loves blogging about self-improvement and personal re-invention. Contact E-mail: lanre.dahunsi@gmail.com

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