Introduction

The Roots of Focus

At its most natural core, the Latin term “focus” refers to a “hearth,” which is just another name for a “fireplace.” In the 1600′s, the hearth was the foundation of a home. It had three core capabilities:

  1. The hearth was used for light (so that one can see)
  2. For warmth (so that one doesn’t feel cold)
  3. And for hunger (for cooking)

It was the life-blood of the home. It was its most critical feature, as well as its most delicate feature. In fact the famous World War I song, “keep the home fires burning,” refers to the “hearth.”

The three capabilities above are true of those who develop the ability to focus today:

  • Light: Your character will project a light to others. Focus gives you the “it” factor. People won’t be able to put a finger on it, they’ll just feel that you’re driven by something unique.
  • Warmth: You will experience life as it was meant to be felt; with love and warmth; with purpose and pride.
  • Hunger: You will meet the hunger that you thirst for to this day (success, happiness, achievement, pride, love)

Definitions of Focus

  • The center of interest or activity
  • The state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition: his face is out of focus.
  • The point at which an object must be situated with respect to a lens or mirror for an image of the object to be well defined.
  • A focal point.
  • An act of focusing on something.

Yea, but isn’t focus just concentrating?

The reason most people lose focus in the first place is because they think “focus” and “concentration” are the same thing.

Concentration is short-term focus. Long-term focus is driven by purpose.

This is the furthest thing from the truth. For one to get focused, they must first sharpen their skills in both short-term focus (concentration) and long-term focus (purpose).

Concentration (short-term focus):

You’ve likely heard that the average human mind can only concentrate for about fifteen minutes. That’s the average human mind. Most people concentrate for much less than this. Why do you think commercials cap out at around 30 seconds? As technology and entertainment has grown, so to has our inability to concentrate for extended periods of time. Here’s the good news: you can train yourself to concentrate for longer periods of time. I will be unveiling how.

Purpose (long-term focus):

A concept that will resurface itself again and again is “sustainability.” So often successful people slip because of what their success is built on. It’s typically built on hard-work and “things.” Once you discover that the most valuable things in life aren’t things is when you’ll begin the path to building sustainable success. This sustainability is driven by establishing your purpose, not on dreams of fame, owning a yacht or traveling. Sustainability is built on uncovering a purpose that has nothing to do with you. Sustainability is built solely on using your gifts to assist others. I believe it was Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche that said, “The ‘me plan’ leads to a path of endless suffering.”

So, without further ado, here’s what you’ll learn

This book will take you a series of processes, modules and lessons that will retrain not just the way you think or act. It will recalibrate the lens through which you view life. Change takes time. Lots of it. Sometimes it will seem like changing to become a more focused person is taking too long. For me, this was the case. Even after two weeks of attempting every day to establish focused habits, I would relapse, getting sucked into watching the Real Housewives of Orange County when it was “accidentally” on.  Know this. The human body has an innate, amazing way to adjust. Your body and your mind are one. You’ll be going through changes as if you’re having withdrawals. That’s where Hard Work comes in and that’s where focus comes into play. If you’re the type of person that rarely finishes something you start, this journey is for you. But again, the Hard Work is for you.

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Jose G. Gonzalez March 24, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Thank you very much !
Reserve me a new book.
All right ?

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Scott April 5, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Haha, OK, Jose. Sounds good.

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Kristen April 5, 2010 at 11:29 am

“…owning a yaht…” should be yacht.

“Sustainability is built on uncovering a purpose that has nothing to do with you, but solely on using your gifts to assist others.” I suggest either “Sustainability is built on uncovering a purpose that has nothing to do with you, but solely with using your gifts to assist others” or “Sustainability is built on uncovering a purpose that has nothing to do with you. Sustainability is built solely on using your gifts to assist others.” (Decide whether “using your gifts” should attach to “purpose” (1st edit) or “sustainability” (2nd).

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Scott April 5, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Again, thank you very much Kristen! I’ll use the first sentence you suggested.

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Kristen April 5, 2010 at 11:32 am

… will retrain not just the way you think or act[.] it will recalibrate the lens [through] which you view life[.] Change takes time. [Lots] of it. Sometimes it will seem like changing to become a more focused person is taking too long. For me, this was the case. Even after two weeks of attempting [every day] to establish focused habits, I would relapse[, getting] sucked into watching the Real Housewives of Orange County when it [was] “accidentally” on. … this journey is for you. But again, [the Hard Work is also for] you.

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Scott April 5, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Thank you so much, Kristen! You rock! I just updated the chapter.

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Sam Cranford April 16, 2010 at 12:36 am

The sentence ‘A concept that will resurface itself again and again is “sustainability.” ‘ sounds awkward because of the itself. I would write something more like ‘ A concept that will resurface again and again throughout this book is “sustainability.” ‘ or just leave the itself out entirely.

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Mike April 23, 2010 at 1:27 pm

“As technology and entertainment has grown, so to has our inability to concentrate for extended periods of time”

It should be ‘so too’, as in so also has our inability to concentrate…

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Gayle April 28, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Hello. Under the section “So, without further ado, here’s what you’ll learn”, the first sentence, you’re missing a word.

This book will take you [missing: through] a series of processes, modules and lessons that will retrain not just the way you think or act.

=)

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Mike June 8, 2010 at 12:50 am

I noticed the same thing that Gayle noticed:

Under the section “So, without further ado, here’s what you’ll learn”, the first sentence, you’re missing a word

I would either say “This book will take you [through] a series…” or “This book will [show] you a series…”

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Bob Watkins July 15, 2010 at 10:35 am

“Concentration is short-term focus. Long-term focus is driven by purpose.” These sentences should be moved into the next paragraph after the sentence, “This is the furthest thing from the truth.” I think you mean to say that what’s furthest from the truth is the notion that focus and concentration are the same thing, but that’s not how the text currently reads.

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Paco Pandena November 6, 2010 at 12:01 am

Senor Schepere’

Este libro es bueno. Te Amo. Quiero tu libro tambien!

Arriba,

Paco Pandena

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Chris Diamond July 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm

How to get more focused?

Short term attention = concentration
Long term attention = focus

Interesting way of looking at it :-) Thanks for sharing!

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alan holland August 27, 2011 at 10:31 pm

I’am having problems in life focusing,dealing with reality
concentrating on almost anything,what can I do?? I need
advise

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monty September 30, 2011 at 7:20 am

thank you sir..it will help me so much..

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Alen S. September 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Where can I buy this book?

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