Focus on the outcome to get where you want to go
Have you heard the phrase that you can’t see the wood for the trees? Well, this is what this article is all about. I see this all the time, people in the thick of things and they’re lost, doing the same things over again with no clear reason, as that that’s what they’ve always done. Perhaps they were the right things to do, perhaps they still are, but it can be hard to see which activities are going to generate you results. I’ve been there, internal and external pressures to do something, anything to make it better.
These can be stressful times, but you can also look at them as opportunities to lead and make a difference. Its important to focus on what you can change, flagging, with consideration, what you can not. This is my really simple approach to help you zone in on your own desired outcome.
Take a piece of paper and mark out five columns:
Under each of these headings write down the things that will make a difference, or, fundamentals that need to be addressed / discussed.
You might need prioritise these, but the things on this list are what you need to focus on. The result will focus your mind, actions and arguments. The outcome will reflect the things you consciously decided were important.
Don’t be one of those people that run around like a headless chicken, being busy just because it makes them feel better. Focus will determine your reality.
If you’re a future leader consider this, ‘Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.’