What Is "Focus"?

Last Update: April 05, 2016

There's a common misconception about what it means to "focus" on a task.

Using the example of a torch beam, we understand that the task is "lit up". That the mind is "focussed" on the task, rather than being scattered all over the place like the light from a light bulb.

But when we apply that example to "mental focus" we can easily miss the REAL significance of the torch beam.

Look at the picture. What is the most striking feature?

For me, the most striking feature is that EVERYTHING ELSE IS IN THE DARK. Pushed out of sight. Backburnered. Ignored. Shelved.

For me, "FOCUS" means . . nothing else exists.

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Genesis7117 Premium
This is a great write up Chris, I completely agree 100%

Thanks for the inspiration,

Genesis
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Chesapeake Premium
I like how you think, Chris. Ignore the noise, starve the distractions and focus on what matters.
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Pios2012 Premium
It might be many different tasks but with one goal.
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ChrisGooden Premium
I guess that would depend on whether you are focussing on the task or the goal.
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DeniseOlsen5 Premium
Always stay focused and you will achieve your dreams!
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SadieChan Premium
Stay focus, That is what I remind myself also.
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NORZ Premium
For me Focus is Success. It's the ultimate characteristic that one should have in order to succeed because without focus, people will chasing their dreams in a circle.
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BobBarr Premium
From podcaster John Lee Dumas:

FOCUS: Follow One Course Until Success
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ChrisGooden Premium
Exactly. Don't give up. Don't divert. So many people stop tunnelling just a few feet short of breakthrough and go off to dig another tunnel somewhere else.
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Maticparris Premium
very good points to take in. makes a lot of sense
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starita70 Premium
Focus means there is a goal and a result , thank you Chris!
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Haymanc75 Premium
Good point. I started following a new blog by Sarah Peterson called Unsettle.org and she makes a good point about focus as well.

If you're writing a new post or creating a new video, all of the information you take in at that moment needs to be focused on that task or you could quickly get information overload.

Additionally, if you are focusing on your writing, you need to turn everything else off, including other internet distractions to remain focused.

She even goes so far as to say the best time to write is first thing in the morning before your mind has had a chance to be distracted by anything, including checking email, and eating.

For me, if I don't focus as you mention here, making everything else disappear, I quickly get distracted.

Squirrel!
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Mike-Writes Premium
You make a very good point, Chris.
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NemiraB Premium
Yes, especially when we are in online business, distractions such as friendly call or visits to social media without the business purpose, can make harm for our activities. Robin Sharma places focus in the first places developing character.
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markjowen Premium
While I do agree with your comment, consider "focus" in a different context - photography. A photo can have something in focus - but it doesn't necessarily mean that everything that isn't in focus, doesn't exist.
I feel that you can't ignore surrounding items or factors, you just have to give them less priority.
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ChrisGooden Premium
You need tomatoes
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markjowen Premium
True - that is one approach.

However, I guess upon re-reading your post, and the comments of others I do see where you are coming from. And,it's also the reason that reason that the Pomodoro technique didn't quite do it for me. When I do focus on something, I tend to want to give it more than 25 minutes.

Having said that, it's all about discipline, and ... focus
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Sheila50 Premium
Zoomed in on just one thing at a time!
Sheila
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ChrisGooden Premium
Now that worries me. It sounds a lot like "Shiny object syndrome" constantly chasing rainbows. Exactly the opposite of focus.
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Sheila50 Premium
I love rainbows! LOL
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CarolEll Premium
Clear and concise! Thanks. Carol
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JudeP Premium
Great point, thank you :)
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