The title of this blog post was the same one used for a presentation I made this week to a group of women entrepreneurs. As I shared with the group, the title and general approach to the message stems from one of my best selling books, D.A.R.E. to Succeed. Act with Clarity & Focus is one of four foundational success principles highlighted in the book and is the one associated with the letter “A” in the word D.A.R.E.
Although I’ve spoken on this topic many times before, this week it was particularly relevant and powerful because of my MasterKey Mastermind assigned reading. There were two sentences from the Scroll #1 of The Greatest Salesman in the World that just jumped out at me and clearly facilitates acting with clarity and focus. The first sentence addresses how one would indeed become “the greatest salesman” in at least their world and it says paraphrased, “I commence my journey unencumbered with either the weight of unnecessary knowledge or the handicap of meaningless experiences.” I love that sentence because so many of us, including me of course, allow ourselves to be distracted by so very many things i.e. reading endless emailed stories and messages or watching sent videos; watching mindless television programs, investing way too much time discussing subjects that really don’t matter to us or add any valuable meaning to our lives. Can you relate? The suggested alternative is to get and stay focused on what contributes to what you define as successful living. I often say, focus on what you want, not what you don’t want. How can you do this? Begin to diligently and intentionally evaluate the options vying for your attention. Ask, “Will this help me get where I want to go? If yes, how. If not, graciously take a pass.
Of course to be able to make that judgement call, you must be clear of what it is you want…where you are going…and have some idea what the next step is…some clarity!! In part two of the Master Key the opening statement is, “Our difficulties are largely due to confused ideas and ignorance of our true interests. Clear thinking and moral insight are, therefore, of incalculable value.” Indeed that is so true and so many miss the mark. I shared with the group my findings over the years talking with professionals around the world. As a coach especially, one of my first questions is, “What do you want?” I remain amazed today just how many people cannot articulate a succinct answer to that question. They are much more adept at stating what they don’t want. Hence supporting the statement above. Not only are personal difficulties largely due to confused ideas but it is a largely held position.
A major foundational assignment we have in the Mastermind is to flush out our Definite Major Purpose (DMPs) being as precise as possible. One key link between clarity and focus is when you are clear of your desired outcome, it becomes much easier to determine and avoid unnecessary knowledge and meaningless experiences so you can focus.
“Thought concentrated on a definite purpose becomes power.” Wow! How simple, how clear, how true. I’m committed to grasping that power, how about you? Come along with me…I D.A.R.E. you!