I’ve shared before that I have an accountability buddy. This is someone who not only helps me stay on track, pushing me to reach my goals by taking the steps necessary to realize my dreams, but it’s also someone who I help in return. There are things my buddy wants to achieve in his life too and I act as his sounding board, his coach, and his cheerleader (minus the short skirt, of course)…just like he does for me.
Well, my buddy is working through some of his obstacles, one of which is that there are many different parts of his career he wants to touch upon. Have you ever been in this position? Maybe you want to do so many things to get ahead that you don’t know where to start. Or perhaps you’re actively working on a variety of work-related goals, but not making any real traction, any real progress, on any of them.
This is kind of where my buddy is, which is keeping him from getting where it is he wants to go. To help him realize how this broad approach is hindering him, I explained it as if he was driving down the road.
I said, imagine that you’re going to work and there are eight different ways to get there. Can you take all of them at once? No. Sure, each one is a path that will take you where you want to go, but if you don’t focus on one and only one, then the likelihood of arriving at your destination is going to be diminished, if you ever arrive at all.
That’s more or less what my buddy was doing. He was attempting to master all eight routes at the same time, causing a traffic jam and making it impossible to keep moving forward, and expending a lot of time and energy in the process.
That’s why it’s so important to pick one path, one lane, and focus only on that. This way, instead of dodging traffic and risking something bad happening, you’re able to see what is going on around you. You’re also able to better respond to any pothole or detour placed in your path because you’re paying attention to your surroundings, enabling you to move forward without having to take so many steps back.
One way to do this, to pick just one lane, is to ask yourself: What’s my mission? What do I really want to accomplish?
For instance, my business mission is to help people achieve success by overcoming their self-imposed obstacles through self-awareness. That’s what I focus on because that’s what I enjoy and that’s what I’m good at. Sure, I’m really organized, but I don’t teach people how to be organized. I’m also an incredible presenter, but I still don’t teach people how to speak. I picked a lane, I chose a mission, and I’m super-focused on only that.
It’s the same process that sports legends like LeBron James and Tom Brady do as well. They picked a lane, they maximized that lane, and look at how successful they are. All because they stayed focused on what they wanted.
That’s my offer to you. If you feel scattered or like you can’t quite get traction, pick a lane. Write down your Mission Statement, then focus solely on that. You’ll be amazed at the progress you can make when you do.