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How To Stay Focused When You Feel Like Giving Up


The dedication and determination of athletes come to mind when I think about goals and life plans.

When we set goals, and obstacles come our way what do we do?

Just throw in the towel and move to another project or set new goals?

No! We keep running towards our goals with our eyes set on the finish line like an athlete would.

Can you imagine an athlete competing at the Olympics giving-up?

No, they don’t and the main reason is because they are determined and committed to their goals.

I recently watched an athlete compete and he sprained his ankle during the race. He had legitimate reasons to quit the race and nurse his sprained ankle but guess what? He did not, he kept running and limping with his eyes fixed on the finish line till the very end.

Here are two simple strategies to stay focused:

1. Think about why you started : Why did you decide to write that book ? Or why did you decide to go back to college?

When you feel like quitting, take a moment to reflect on why you started the venture in the first place.

Carefully think about how much successfully completing the task will mean to you.

What will be the impact of quitting on you and your loved ones ?

It does not take any effort to quit, you simply stop trying.

However, success awaits those who persevere and refuse to give up.

Remember : “winners never quit and quitters never win” – Robert Schuller

2. Stay Motivated :  It is important to stay motivated at all times, especially during difficult times.

” People often say motivation does not last,  well, neither does bathing and that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

Listen to people who inspire you and call forth the best in you. Look for and make time to read or listen to resources that inspire you.

Most importantly, inspire yourself. Think back on tough times that you have faced and succeeded. Draw strength from knowing that this will not be any different either.

Self motivation is the most powerful form of motivation. So look at your self in the mirror and say:

“My best days are ahead of me, I am destined for greatness.

I am not a quitter, I am a winner, I win always.”

Don’t give up! Stay Focused!

You are destined to win!

How To Stay Focused To Accomplish Your Goals


The dedication and determination of athletes come to mind when I think about goals and life plans.

When on track running a race, the athlete does not care if you are cheering or booing him.

He has one simple focus make it to the finish line in record time.

The same attitude should be adopted by all when it comes to life goals or goals in general.

1. Keep your eyes on the finished line:

Like a focused athlete keep your eyes on the finished line.

You have set your mind to lose 10 pounds by summer. Keep that goal in mind.

Don’t wait for compliments and don’t allow discouraging words to dissuade you either.

Think about an athlete running at the Olympics, people in the crowd are cheering him some are shouting mean things to him.

Can you imagine the athlete stopping and responding to the crowd?

No, he won’t, as far as he is concerned the crowd does not exist.

Make up your mind to eliminate the noise and  keep your eyes on your end point.

2. Get Back up:

When you fall, get back up and keep moving forward. Know that it is possible to fall, but when you do, don’t stop there, keep moving forward.

When we set goals, and obstacles come our way what do you do? Just throw in the towel and move to another project or set new goals?

No!  You keep running towards our goals with your eyes set on the finish line like an athlete would.

Can you imagine an athlete giving-up during a competition?

Most likely not unless they sustain an injury. They don’t because they are determined and committed to their goals.

If you have set some goals for this month and it seems you are far from accomplishing them, go back to the drawing board and give yourself a candid assessment. Come up with practical strategies that will move you closer to dreams!

Don’t give up!

Stay Focused!



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How To Stay Focused


Have you ever had moments when simply told yourself I need to focus…

At such moments,  you ask yourself…how?

How do I focus?

Staying focused is an act of the will.

The decision  is completely yours.

The following tips will provide practical steps that  will help you focus on things that matter the most to you and accomplish your goals.

1. Clearly Define Your Focus:

What do you want to achieve?

What is the goal that more than anything you really want to achieve.

Decide what is top priority to you and what you need to do to accomplish it.

Think  about this:

You jumped into your car and drove around a neighborhood for an hour without really going anywhere. Just taking in the view and killing time.

What if you got into the car with a plan to visit your friend who lives an hour North of you. In an hour you could be knocking on your friend’s door.

What’s the difference?

One scenario, you had no goal, you were just driving around, while in the second scenario you had a destination in mind.

You can not focus without clearly defining what you want to focus on. Take out a note pad or your journal and clearly define what you want to focus on.

2.  Get Rid Of Distractions :

We all have distractions around us. Sometimes these distractions are essential tools in our lives .

Examples are emails or social media.

These tools definitely add value to daily lives but need to be controlled to get things done.

There are times you might have to stay off social media as you focus on what you want to get done.

There are other times it may suffice to allocate a specific time in your day to take care of those activities that ordinarily might take the whole day from you.

3. Learn To Say “No”:

There are times it is absolutely vital to your success to say NO

Opportunities may come that you will have to turn down.


Because it will distract you from what accomplishing what you have prioritized

People may come around to ask you for favors but you must learn to say NO.

Like I once heard someone say ” If you do not have a plan for your life, people who have plans for theirs will help you spend or waste your time.”

I remember college days, there were some students who will go into hiding when they want to study.

No one knows where or when they study, but when they are ready to take a short break from their study they come around to chat with people trying to study.

These students tend to lead the class and it took a while for people to catch on to their style.

Once people caught on to their style, they simply ignore them when they come around for a chat during exam preps.

No matter what your goal is, you can accomplish it if you make it your priority.

Remember athletes…

Athletes always come to mind when I think about focus. When an athlete is on the field, there are so many distractions.

People that are cheering them on, people who are calling out to them and people who are booing them.

It does not matter to the athlete what the crowd is doing. One thing is priority to the athlete and that is the game.

They focus exclusively on the game

Be like an athlete,  focus on your game, it does not matter what type of distraction lurks around.

Be determined to focus on your game and accomplish your goals.

You can do it so go for it!!