Crickets. That’s all you’ve been hearing lately from me. The crickets started cricketing last summer and they’ve been buzzing for quite a few months now. (My last post, Great Power and Beauty Await You, was way, way back in July…cricket season!) For me, it’s been a question of focus. A question of focus with my art, life, faith and creativity. I’ve simply been focused on larger projects requiring greater time, energy, faith and focus than ever before. I know many of you will benefit from them, but since many of you have been long and loyal friends to this Art, Life & Faith blog, I am sorry for my silence. It really has been a question of focus… of where I believe God has uniquely made me to make my best contribution. I’m also learning a lot about my limitations. What I can and can’t do. And the reality that I can’t do it all.
Jeff Walker, a favorite author and market strategist I follow, recently wrote about focus in his book Launch. “Your most scarce resource is focus, ” Walker writes… and here’s why!
The world will conspire to distract you. Your phone, email, text messages, instant messenger, social media, and more will pull you away from what you should be doing.
Many people wake up and instantly look at their phone. They check messages, check email, check various social media. That’s a huge mistake — the only thing that’s waiting in your phone is someone else’s agenda. If you check your phone or your email right away in the morning. you’ve lost control of your agenda.
There will be emails or messages waiting for you to respond, and once you start responding you’ve lost control of your day.
You should start the day by focusing on your highest-value activities before you get caught up in other people’s agendas for you.
What are your highest-value activities? The one’s that are in your genius zone (what only you can do-my note) or a Unique Ability.
Walker writes some pretty challenging words. You and I have only one life to live… hopefully the image people will not remember us by is having our face staring in a cell phone. I know I’ve been guilty many times throughout the day of having my focus lost and distracted by the myriad of information served to me.
Focus has everything to do with your art, your creativity, your relationships and what you will accomplish today. Focus is the key ingredient in the art of cultivating your life. Great art and great relationships come from a highly tuned ability to focus.
Whatever you do today, ask yourself, “What are my highest-value activities??
With your marriage. Your children. Your friends. Your church. Your community. Your work.
What you focus on can make the highest contribution in the lives of those around you.
Questions: What are your highest-value activities? How are you living with your most important values in mind?
I’d love to hear from you…and yes, you’ll be hearing from me on a more regular basis. No more crickets.
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