Most failures can be attributed to a lack of focus, according to Jack Canfield, author of The Power of Focus and numerous other books. He says that we don’t pay attention or notice things at the opportune time, and sometimes crises develop because of it. We also may scatter our energies and then we don’t get enough done, and our lives suffer because of it.
You know that I read a large number of books and that I’m always eating up all the good books I can get my hands on, so when I saw The Power of Focus on a shelf, you probably know that it came home with me. I can certainly see how a number of failures are attributable to lack of focus, and plan to implement some of his strategies.
I didn’t set goals in all areas, however, because some parts of my life are already exactly how I want them to be, and I didn’t want to scatter my energies more by setting goals in areas that aren’t broken. That would be ironic, defeating the purpose.
Goal strategies in The Power of Focus
This book walks the reader through setting goals in several different areas of life, such as spirituality, work, and family life. It covers all the bases. Canfield also instructs the reader to set very specific goals, and to focus on a small amount of goals: one at a time, in each of the main areas of life.
Laser focus, the theory goes, allows a person to accomplish much more in a smaller amount of time. Concentrating on the areas you perform the best is key, according to Canfield, who says in the book, “All your biggest rewards in life will come from spending the vast majority of your time in the areas that score a ten on your talent scale.” The Power of Focus book includes worksheets for setting goals and tracking their progression to completion. For a person who has difficulty concentrating, or a person who tends to try to do too many things at once, this book may be very helpful.