Use Your Power of Focus and Follow-Through to Create Your Success

September 19th, 2011

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Are you playing life full out? Do you focus, follow-through and finish?

“I’m so creative. But I feel so frustrated at times,” Megan said to her friend Stephanie. . . . Imagine that you could get more done and feel better doing it. We’re going to use the “Fabulous Three F’s” Process.

F – focus
F- follow through
F- finish

1. Focus

First, learn to get obstacles out of your way so you can focus your attention and get things done. One thing I use is the Easy Part Start. In the morning, I start writing on any section of a book that feels interesting to me. My focus comes naturally because I’m working on a section that I feel good about. Our focus may waiver because we’re tired, hungry or distracted by emotional pain. So we need to take care of various facets of our lives so our ability to focus in not diminished. To get things done well, you need to be able to turn on your focus. Observe your own behavior. Is your desk cluttered and distracting you? Would it help if you cleared your desk so that it is easier to focus? Find your own ways to enhance your ability to focus. Your successful life depends on it.

2. Follow through

Mary Kay Ash, a tremendously successful entrepreneur wrote: “Those who are blessed with the most talent don’t necessarily outperform everyone else. It’s the people with follow-through who excel.”

Writing, for example, requires a lot of revisions. That’s where some people drop the ball. One technique I use is: “Worst First.” When I’m revising a book, I may get fatigued. So I decide to revise a section first thing after awakening in the morning. Then I have gotten a tough part of my day finished. And I can breathe a sigh of relief. I also keep a log of the words or pages that I have revised. I enjoy seeing my progress noted in my log. In my book, Nothing Can Stop You This Year [see a free chapter at Amazon.com] I wrote this catchphrase: “Keep score and achieve more.”

Follow through is crucial for success and fulfillment. For example, if you apply for a job and you’re the second choice, check back with that company six months later. Why? Their first choice may have suddenly moved on, or perhaps, the person proved to be NOT a match for the position. When you follow through, your timing may be excellent.

Also, for business owners and freelancers, have a system so that you can follow up with those prospective clients who say, “I don’t have work for you now.” Your system can include how you’ll send the person an article that is relevant for the person’s work. You’ll send this article two months later. [More information about this in my book Full Strength Marketing (co-authored with Linda Chappo), read a free chapter here at Amazon.com)  Perhaps, the person’s business suddenly needs someone like you!

Remember, follow through is essential for your success and fulfillment.

3. Finish

For an artist to feel better, use the process: “Always be finishing.” By this I mean: it’s good to have projects that you’re completing. For example, a screenwriter can have three screenplays in process:

1) the first one is complete and out to producers, directors and actors,

2) the second one is in the process of being completed, and

3) the third one is in a preliminary note-taking stage.

My point is that if the first one is rejected, you’re still full of energy because you’re working on Script Two and Script Three.

A screenwriter might also find it useful to complete an occasional three-page short story. Why? Because it feels great to finish something! — like this blog article  :)

Many joyful moments,

Tom

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10 Responses to “Use Your Power of Focus and Follow-Through to Create Your Success”

  1. Emi Says:
    September 20th, 2011 at 12:47 AM

    Another amazingly fantastic article Tom! You really know how to get in and get to the point quickly yet efficiently …so we don’t lose focus.

  2. Tom Marcoux Says:
    September 20th, 2011 at 2:05 AM

    Emi,
    about “Another amazingly fantastic article Tom! You really know how to get in and get to the point quickly yet efficiently …so we don’t lose focus.”

    Thank you :)
    many joyful moments,
    Tom

  3. Ajit Anandan Says:
    September 21st, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    Another grand piece by our star Tom Marcoux on using the “Fabulous Three F’s” Process.
    F – focus
    F- follow through
    F- finish

    Thankyou.

  4. Tom Marcoux Says:
    September 21st, 2011 at 2:31 AM

    Ajit,
    about “Another grand piece by our star Tom Marcoux on using the “Fabulous Three F’s” Process. F – focus F- follow through F- finish Thankyou.”

    You’re welcome!
    I appreciate your kind, supportive comment.
    many joyful moments,
    Tom

  5. Kurt Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    It is difficult to advise individuals on this topic, but you will be understood as you are well-informed on what you are posting on! With thanks

  6. Tom Marcoux Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Kurt,
    about “It is difficult to advise individuals on this topic, but you will be understood as you are well-informed on what you are posting on! With thanks”

    Thank you!
    many joyful moments,
    Tom

  7. Melany Says:
    September 25th, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Quality tips! I have been hunting for something like that for a time today. Thank you!

  8. Tom Marcoux Says:
    September 26th, 2011 at 12:37 AM

    Melany,
    about “Quality tips! I have been hunting for something like that for a time today. Thank you!”

    Thanks for your comment.
    This brightens my day.
    many joyful moments,
    Tom

  9. OEM AutoCAD 2011 Says:
    September 30th, 2011 at 5:42 AM

    I definitely savored every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

  10. Tom Marcoux Says:
    October 1st, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    Mihail,
    about “I definitely savored every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.”

    Thank you.
    a great day,
    Tom

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