Focus is an important part of discipline. It’s when my mental attention is centered on what I need to do and nothing else can get into my head.

Focus allows me to resist temptation in the present in order to pursue a goal in the future. It requires total concentration and insists that I ignore outside distractions.

Absorption. Engrossment. Devotion. Intensity. Close attention. Pursuit. Zero in on. Convergence.

In order to stay on course in life, I need to maintain focus on the important things. And that may involve sacrifice.

For example, one of my goals this year is to write a book. I set weekly and monthly goals. How many words to write each week. When to polish chapters and send them to my critique groups. How to grow in my craft. Which contests to enter and which conferences to attend.

Every day I’m doing something toward that goal, even if it’s simply brainstorming the solution to a plot problem. This goal is always in front of me. And, in order to maintain this focus, I’ve made a few sacrifices (mostly TV watching) in order to find time.

What about you? What are you focused on? Do you think it’s possible to be too focused? Why or why not?
Staying On Course
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3 thoughts on “Staying On Course

  • March 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm


    Well I commend you for having such a great plan for getting your book written and published. I for one, can't wait to read it.

    I believe we can become too focused on our own wants and needs and simply forget that we are here to serve another purpose besides living life the way we want and that is doing God's will. May our focus always be on Him and let God use us to accomplish the tasks He has in store for us.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  • March 24, 2010 at 4:01 am

    >I think I am too focused. But in my head, not on paper in the form of a schedule. If I don't do something EVERY day which is related to the progression of my novel, I feel guilty. So everyday, I sit down to write, even if I only have time to write 200 words, or edit my previous chapter, I just HAVE to do something. I think my fiace is getting a little annoyed …. Hmmmm.

  • March 24, 2010 at 4:01 am

    >*fiance 🙂

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