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Keep That Focus!

Keep That Focus!by Cathy BryantCopyright 2003http://www.homebizjunction.comOne of the things most critical to home business success isdefining one's goals. We are continually reminded to writethem on ...

Keep That Focus!
by Cathy Bryant
Copyright 2003

One of the things most critical to home business success is
defining one's goals. We are continually reminded to write
them on paper, giving ourselves a deadline to meet them, so
that we can remain focused on our ultimate dreams.

We need to keep them in front of us at all times in order
to maintain the motivation often needed to get us over the
rough spots in our businesses.

Wallace Wattles, in his 1910 classic, "The Science of
Getting Rich," states:

"You must form a clear and definite mental picture of what
you want. You cannot transmit an idea unless you have it
yourself....That clear mental picture you must have
continually in mind....The more clear and definite you
make your picture then, and the more you dwell upon it,
bringing out all its delightful details, the stronger your
desire will be."

Does this mean that you must spend hours contemplating
your ultimate goal? Of course not. It simply means that
you need to know just exactly what it is that you want and
want it so badly that it will stay in your thoughts.

I've personally taken this advice very much to heart.
Regardless of what your goals are, it's possible for you
to use this same method to maintain your own focus.

Let me explain.

My ultimate goal is for my husband and I to be able to
retire to the area in which I grew up, the Mississippi
Gulf Coast. I have a very definite image of what life
will be like for us there, and each day I set aside a few
minutes to simply close my eyes and dwell on the mental
picture of some of the things we'll be able to enjoy -

- walking along the beach at sunset, feeling the warmth
of the sand on my bare feet (I can practically smell the
salt air when I do this)

- shopping in an unhurried atmosphere in the quaint
downtown section of Ocean Springs, Mississippi - only a
few minutes' drive from the exciting casino action of
the neighboring town of Biloxi

- reconnecting with friends and family and being able
to enjoy reunions that I often missed due to living a
long distance away

- dining at local restaurants that serve the delicious
seafood the area is famous for

I could go on and on, but you get the (mental) picture!

Carrying this one step further, I've gathered together
some pictures, postcards, and other memorabilia that
reflect the overall atmosphere of the area. These items
hang on my wall in my office, right in front of me, so
that I can have a constant reminder of exactly what it is
that I am working toward.

I'm amazed at the effectiveness of these simple techniques!

You can apply these same methods regardless of what your
goals are. Even if what you're working for can't be quite
so clearly defined in words and pictures, you can still
benefit from these exercises.

During those few minutes each day that you set aside to
form your mental "picture," imagine the feelings that you
will have when you have reached your own personal goals.
Create an affirmation statement, using your computer and
some attractive stationery to print it out. Frame this
and place it in your own personal work area so that you
will have a constant reminder of what exactly it is that
you want to accomplish.

Focus, focusArticle Search, focus....and your dreams WILL come true!

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Cathy Bryant has been marketing online since 1999, when she
began her newsletter, the HomeBizJunction Herald. You can
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