Introspection. That’s a loaded word. And half the time, I don’t even know what the word means. But from what I’m told, introspection is something to do with looking internally and figuring out stuff. “What stuff?” Glad you asked, cause I’m clueless too. But I gave myself the task of introspection to help navigate where I am heading with my long term goals. And boy, this is a lot of work, but, I think that even though it may not be an income-producing-activity, the long term benefits will outweigh the time spent. What am I searching for? Simple. My focus.
Here’s the story though. I’ve been with something for more than 28 months. I knew my failed-fashion-blog focus almost instantly. Then I gave that up due to lack of personal interest. I started this blog. And even though I’ve been with P.o.C. since August 2016, I know Piece of Clareity’s focus instantly too. And then it was time to move onto my business focus. I’ve experimented with many backgrounds, fonts, styles, the whole kit and caboodle. Why am I struggling with this? Simple. As we grow, so too does our personality/focus. We need to be flexible in our methodical process.
I’m comfortable with where my business has taken me. And now I’m comfortable with my focus to acknowledge the upswings, pitfalls, and the mess in between. And as mentioned in previously, we have to be stubborn about the end results, but be flexible in wanting to get there. We also have to WANT to get to those goals. You are the only one that stops yourself from getting to that goal, so why are you stopping yourself? At the end of the day, the only person you are letting down is yourself! You have all these goals, but where’s focus? Single. Purpose. Focus. Sounds like a loaded term- of course. But break the term down. Single. One. Uno. Solo. No more than just you, sitting here, reading. ONE. Purpose. “The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.” Step back. What’s your purpose? (I’m not talking life purpose, or maybe I am, but what’s your goal’s purpose?) So what’s that ONE reason you have? What is the one thing that is driving your purpose? Focus. Do you have focus? (verb: pay particular attention to). What are you paying close attention to on your single purpose?
Cue the song “The Scientist” by Coldplay. “Nobody said it was easy, no one ever said it would be this hard. / Oh, take me back to the start…” Because who likes to sugar coat? EVERYONE. So we need to find that single purpose focus. And we need to challenge ourselves. We need to do some introspection and think. What is my single purpose focus? I’ll tell you, mine was simple once I really wrote everything all down. There were themes, there were trends, and I decided to stop everything and regroup. Now my single purpose focus is glaringly obvious.
Here’s your personal homework for the week. Challenge yourself to find your purpose. What are you trying to achieve? What do you want? What do you need to get what you want?
Find the answer to this: “You know what you want and you know what needs to get done.”