As some of you may know, I work with Levin Group clients and alumni to show them how to achieve more in their personal lives. At events such as our Total Life Success Summit™, we examine the priorities people set for themselves. It’s all a matter of focus.
It helps to think about focus this way…
Some people are an inch deep and a mile wide.
Others are an inch wide and a mile deep.
Obviously, most of us are somewhere in between, but the extremes are most instructive.
The inch-deep people are unfocused. Their interests and activities are all over the place, so no matter how energetic they are, they will not attain much depth in any single area. Everything gets a little bit of their attention. These people can be quite happy but are not likely to accomplish great things.
In contrast, the inch-wide people are narrowly focused on an area they love. Outside of that area, they have no impact, but inside that inch-wide focus they concentrate every ounce of their spirit and strength. These people are the achievers—the Steve Jobs, Warren Buffetts, Mother Theresas. They change the world, because they understand what matters most to them and avoid wasting time on everything else.
As we move along in our careers and lives, priorities will change. Yet at any given time, it’s a good idea to stop and ask yourself, “What do I really want?”
If the world gives you an inch, will you take a mile?