Tony Robbins once said, ““One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.”
Part of the reason we struggle to maintain focus over a long period of time is that we’re not using the right focus-support system.
For instance, in starting a new exercise program, we expect that results will come fast and that those results will motivate us (AKA support us) to keep going. However, quickly we find out that results actually happen much slower than expected, de-moralizing our focus and reducing the chances of continued progress.
Shifting your focus-support system, then, is necessary for sustained improvement. Which is doable if you follow a few simple equations:
Goal Setting + Feedback = Optimal Focus
Optimal Focus + (Patience x Persistence x Perseverance) = Goal Achievement
Feedback, in the first equation, supports your goals. Without feedback, you can’t know where to go next. Getting good feedback leads to better focus, which then requires the 3 Ps of progress (Patience, Persistence, Perseverance) to achieve your outcome.
So, seek feedback whenever possible. Because it’s in the process of fixing the feedback that we increase our power of focus and, thereby, increase our chances of achieving success.