“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2 KJV
Feeling like a failure? Fix your focus!
Horses have peripheral vision, which means they can end up running off course unless they are made to remain focused. To keep the horse stay focused on what’s ahead, rather than what’s beside them or behind them, they are outfitted with blinders. Blinders stop the horse from becoming distracted and concentrate on the direction they are supposed to be headed. They keep the horse looking forward. People are similar to the horse, in that they too become distracted and lose sight of the direction they should be headed…which is straight ahead to their goal.
The difference between a people and the horse, physical blinders will not help people, but they must remain focused, nevertheless. How do you keep from losing your focus and keep your eyes on the prize…your goal, your dream or vision? How do you put your spiritual blinders on, so to speak?
Here are 3 keys that will help you fix your focus.
What has your attention? What are you reading, watching, listening to? You must keep your eyes on your goal. I’ve taught autistic children and most of them are focused on one thing…a shiny object, trains, dinosaurs, etc. If it’s trains, they play with trains, watch videos about trains, read books about trains, talk about trains, dream about trains, carry a toy train in their hand…you get the picture. They’re focus is on trains, or whatever they’re consumed with. To teach them, you have to find a way to incorporate trains into the learning process. They are interested in trains and want to know more about them.
The same is true if you want to succeed at reaching your goal. You must give attention to it. You must learn more about it. Think about it. Dream about it. Surround yourself with books about it. Hang out with people who are successful at what you desire to acquire.
Think about Michael Phelps, who is an American former competitive swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals. He holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals…23 to be exact. He didn’t accomplish this feat by playing around in a pool in his spare time! I’m pretty sure being an Olympian gold medalist was in his thoughts and held his attention almost every minute of every day.
The same must be true for you! What is your desire? What do you wish to achieve? Whatever it is, you must keep that goal, desire or vision before your eyes. It must be a constant in your life.
Using Michael Phelps again to drive home a point…I believe being an Olympian gold medalist in swimming was his ultimate intention. I don’t believe he focused on playing baseball part of the time and swimming was his sideline. No! His full attention and full intention was to win a medal or medals at the Olympic games for swimming.
What is your intention? Again, what is your desire, your dream, your goal? Write it down. Tell a close friend, who won’t laugh at you, but will encourage you. Find someone to support you. Be intentional. Say it out loud, “I’m going to be _______________.” Go for it! Go for the gold! Don’t waver from your dream. Don’t let a friend’s negative comment stop you. Don’t let anyone or anything stop you. Be encouraged, even if you have to encourage yourself.
King David had to encourage himself in the Lord. You may have to do that also. Some people don’t have anyone to help them or stand beside them. If that’s you…you can still make it! Encourage yourself, like David did.
Don’t listen to negative people. Surround yourself with successful people…people who inspire you. Listen to positive programs, podcasts, music, sermons. Read good books. Distance yourself from all the negativity in this world and there’s plenty of it around. Prevent anyone or anything from stealing your dream. Stay away from negative people and there’s plenty of them around too! Prevent the dream stealers from stealing your dream. People will make fun of you, talk about you, gossip about you but their opinion doesn’t matter. You know what God has put inside of you. Listen to His voice. Listen to His words about you. Read the Bible. Prevent the devil from stealing your joy, your dream, your outcome! It’s up to you to guard your heart and your mind.
Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust. Proverbs 4:23-27 Message Bible
There’s the key, right there in those five verses! Watch your heart. Keep your life pure. Stay focused and don’t get distracted.
God will bless you and help you reach your dream, because I believe He’s the One who put that desire in your heart in the first place.
Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah. Psalms 21:2 KJV
Don’t give up. Don’t let fear stop you. Go after your dream. Fix your focus!