As a teenager in the early 90s, I saw a movie called ‘The Lord of the Flies‘ which was set during unnamed time of war when a plane carrying a group of British schoolboys was shot down over the Pacific. The pilot of the plane was killed, but many of the boys survived the crash and found themselves deserted on an uninhabited island, where they were all alone without adult supervision – no parents, no teachers and no academy.
Among the boys was a very funny and intelligent character called Piggy who had a pair of glasses. The boys collectively borrowed Piggy’s glasses and with the principle of convergence in Physics, they were able to focus the rays of the sun on combustible materials which ignited a fire that gutted the bushes to become a blaze they couldn’t handle easily.
Well, I started off with that story just to draw your attention to the enormous power available when we decide to focus.
#1. Focus means clarity
This is the ability to produce a clear vision or image. In photography, when an image is blurry, the lens is adjusted to achieve a focus that can produce a clear and sharp image. In the same manner, our ability to envision a clear future depends on how focused we choose to be. Do you have clear goals for this year, this month or even this week? If not, this is the time to set some brilliant goals for a brilliant year-end and by extension, a brilliant future.
#2. Focus means concentration
This is the ability to direct or channel one’s attention to a particular activity. It could be your exams or grades, your personal development, your business or career, your relationship or even your family. Focus is your ability to marshal your consciousness in a way that will ignore or overpower distractions.
#3. Focus means direction
Whether you’re a student or teacher, an entrepreneur or employee, in ministry or marketplace, you are bound to need some level of focus for what you do. The art of focusing on what matters will unleash the potentials in your pursuit and enable you to turn those dreams into tangible reality.
Like with Piggy’s glasses, focus is a very critical element because it ignites everything around it, turning them into a blazing success. What are you focusing your energies on?
My advice today is simple: Focus on what matters. Focus on your strengths not your weaknesses, on opportunities not on impossibilities. Focus on your future not on your past. Focus your time, energy, resources and see what you’re capable of.