Life consists of countless small missions and hopefully some Big, Hairy Audacious ones, too. Whether big or small, there is one common denominator — the human factor. People are susceptible to distractions that cause them to lose focus on the mission. Sometimes the distractions are real, sometimes they are figments of the imagination. But, the fact is, human beings are “focus challenged.” I suspect there’s a little ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) in all of us.
What distracts you from completing your mission? What can you do about it? There are useful tips for enhancing focus, such as developing a personal mission statement.
“… develop a personal mission statement or philosophy or creed. It focuses
on what you want to be (character) and to do (contributions and achievements)
and on the values or principles upon which being and doing are based.”
— Stephen Covey, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, p. 106
Great advice! But, as valuable as a mission statement is, I’m sure Stephen Covey would agree that it is only the beginning. The ability to get focused, stay focused, and restore focus when we lose it requires a comprehensive, on-going program of preparation. Such programs are often called “personal development” or “professional development” or “leadership development.” The point is, if consistent and strategic physical conditioning prepares us for our physical challenges, doesn’t it make sense that intellectual, emotional, and spiritual development is at least as important? I wonder how you are conditioning yourself to become stronger and more effective in dealing with the challenges of your mission.
Here’s my invitation to you. Watch this cool video I discovered about staying focused on the mission. It’s a humorous and powerful presentation that will have you ROFL. When you’re back on your feet, think of ways you can develop yourself to deflect distractions and complete your mission. Maybe its learning to prioritize, reading a personal growth book, or devoting time each week to reflect on your life’s purpose. It probably means more, like engaging in a leadership development program or hiring a business coach. Whatever you decide, strike while the iron is hot. Get started right away and start enjoying the satisfaction of completing the mission.