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The Power of Focus: Discover the Enormous Power Focus has on Goal Setting

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The Power of Focus: Discover the Enormous Power Focus has on Goal Setting

By Dr David Barton

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Hello, and thank you for purchasing this short eBook on the power of focus and its enormous effect on goal setting.

This eBook forms part of a much larger program called The Goal Achievers Program which is designed to help you achieve more in less time. At the end of this eBook I will give you more details on the program and some of the subjects I cover in it.

But at this juncture though, I want to share with you some of the Key Pillars on which the The Goal Achievers Program is built.

In fact if you were able to grab hold of these pillars and apply to your life right now, you would surely benefit immensely. You also do not need to do The Goal Achievers Program to benefit from them; though the The Goal Achievers Program does cover each pillar in much greater detail than I could ever do in an eBook.

I am giving you these pillars because as you will learn from the The Goal Achievers Program, you need to have a mission statement in life, and mine is “To leave a positive legacy.”

As such I hope you will benefit from these pillars of success as much as I have.

I have uncovered these pillars through research, reading, and experience. They have benefited my life greatly, and those of millions of other people who have used them. So here they are.

The Pillars of Great Achievement

p<>{color:#000;}. Develop Clarity about what you want to do, be, achieve and own in life.

p<>{color:#000;}. Once you have Clarity about what you want, set SMART Goals for each item on your list. If you can set a goal for it, you can achieve it. I really believe this and my Application Module: How to make $1,000,000 in 12 Months with show you why I say this. But even if you never read that module, let me unequivocally state that without a goal your dreams will never be realised.

p<>{color:#000;}. Make a Plan to achieve you goal. Goal setting is the beginning of the process, but it is the plan that achieves the goal. Good plans consider the multitude of factors involved in attaining big goals.

p<>{color:#000;}. Program your Subconscious Mind with your goals. Automate the process of achievement. Whatever you think of most of the time, you will set about achieving. Whatever predominates your thoughts will manifest in your reality.

p<>{color:#000;}. Utilise Self-Discipline to develop habits and routines to achieve your goals. The most successful people in the world got that way because they developed certain habits which they practiced daily, and these behaviours propelled them to greater rewards.

p<>{color:#000;}. Persist and don’t give up. You will fail, you will fall, you will get knocked down, but persistent people always get up and try again. However, to succeed you must persist at the right things, hence the reason for the pillar of clarity. Without a knowledge of what you truly desire, you might scramble up the ladder of success and find at the top that you were leaning against the wrong pole.

p<>{color:#000;}. Don’t Procrastinate. The most successful people do not procrastinate, but get busy on their goals every day without fail. When you know what you want most in life, you will have little reason to procrastinate, and more reason to get busy working on your dreams.

There you have it. The 7 Pillars to success. I hope you will gain from these pillars as much as I have. They have brought me much success in many of the endeavours I have applied my hands to.

Coming Up

In this eBook, I will share with you why focus is such an important key to achieving phenomenal success at your goals. You will notice that there are no special “types” of people destined to great success, anyone can do it. Rather it is how people apply this special quality of focus which determines the level of success they eventually gain in their lives.

AT A Glance

p<>{color:#000;}. Anyone can achieve success at their goals

p<>{color:#000;}. Age Doesn’t Determine Success

p<>{color:#000;}. Mental Health Doesn’t Determine Success

p<>{color:#000;}. Talent Doesn’t Decide Your Success

p<>{color:#000;}. Finding for your focus

p<>{color:#000;}. How to find your passion

p<>{color:#000;}. Exercise 1

p<>{color:#000;}. Become a Goal Achiever Today

p<>{color:#000;}. References

Just focus the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to attain, and you will achieve success.” Wilfred Peterson

One of the defining attributes of most successful people is that they have laser like focus.

We all face distractions of all kinds in our daily lives, but the ability to filter out useless, unimportant and inconsequential interruptions is what separates the great achievers from the mediocre actors. Focus is a skill which ignites productivity by keeping you on target and enabling you to achieve your highest goals over a sustained period of time.

In Warren Buffett’s biography, The Snowball, writer Alice Schroeder retells of an event when Buffet goes to a dinner party on a Fourth of July holiday. Bill Gates also happened to be present. During dinner Gates posed a question, “What factor was the most important in getting to where they had gotten in life?” Buffet answered, “Focus”, and Gates concurred (1). For both Buffet and Gates, focus was the key that unlocked the door to their considerable success.

Become a specialist

One of the great secrets to living a successful life is to become a specialist not a generalist, to develop the skills of a sniper not a machine gunner. It is the ability to give all of your attention, unequivocally to a very specific, and defined target, and to stick at it with self-discipline and persistence.

Richard St John, author of the book, The 8 Traits Successful People Have in Common believes that success is, “narrowing down and focusing on one thing, not being scattered all over the map”. St. John says that according to Buffett, putting money in a lot of things is “a Noah’s Ark way of investing – you end up with a zoo that way.”(2)

Dr Dennis Waitley author of The Psychology of Winning says that, “Success is almost totally dependent upon drive, focus and persistence(3)”. Anyone can do it, as long as they are willing to develop a focus, put in the effort and persist long enough.

The wonderful truth about achieving your dreams is that anyone can do it. It is not just for certain types of people, born on the right side of the tracks. Goal achievement is the right of every human being on the planet.

Anyone can achieve success at their goals

Many people may object and say that they are too old, young, not mentally or physically capable, the wrong colour, not intelligent enough or from the wrong background. But reality will strongly contradict that objection.

There is no particular “type” of person who is cable of resounding success. Any one is capable of producing astounding results with their lives. In the examples that follow, I hope you will agree with me that it does not depend on age, culture, gender, skin colour, physical and mental health or intelligence, to do great things with your life.

Age Doesn’t Determine Success

Take for example Japanese born, Yuichiro Miura, who just before his 81st birthday successfully reached the summit of Mt Everest, making him the oldest man on earth to achieve this amazing feat of human endurance.

Another extraordinary example is Harriette Thompson, a cancer survivor, who on the 31st of May 2015, at the age of 92 completed the San Diego Marathon in 7hr 24min 36 seconds. This feat made her the oldest woman in the world to achieve this goal. Another example is 101 year old Fauja Singh, who in 2013 at the ripe old age of 101 finished the Hong Kong 10km running event in 1hour, 32 minutes and 28 seconds.

Furthermore age did not appear to be a factor for Frank Schearer who at 101 was the world’s oldest water skier and in business Harland David Saunders at age 65, started KFC, now a multi-Billion dollar global corporation. This is one end of the age spectrum, but we find similar astounding feats on the younger end too.

For example, at Age 1, child prodigy Christian Fredrich Heinecken, was purported to have read the first 5 books of the Bible (the Pentateuch). At Age 2, Olympic Skating Champion, Bonnie Blair began skating, while 9 year old Daisy Ashford wrote her bestselling novel, The Young Visiters which sold over 200,000 copies (quite a feat for any author at any age).

Apparently age does not have the market on success. These few examples are of people on the edges of the age life scale (very young to very old), but there are countless examples of other people in between who have achieved resounding success with their lives.

Mental Health Doesn’t Determine Success

Mental health is another factor which does not predict success. Take for instance actors Catherine Zeta-Jones (Bipolar II disorder), Ashley Judd (depression and an eating disorder) and Jim Cary (Bipolar disorder) who have all achieved remarkable success in spite of their difficulties.

Likewise President Abraham Lincoln (ADHD) and Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Depression) overcame similar difficulties. Buzz Aldrin the astronaut who walked on moon struggled with depression and alcohol addiction while Isaac Newton a world renowned scientist had an anxiety disorder.

Talent Doesn’t Decide Your Success

Some people may cite lack of talent as their reason for lack of personal success. However Henry Ford may object. Most people would have thought of Henry Ford as a big failure who lacked talent for anything great. The reason was that his first few businesses failed miserably and left him broke 5 times before he founded the Ford Motor Company. He became one of the richest men on earth, and employed thousands of people to build his motor cars.

Likewise, Walt Disney was not an immediate success. In the early days of his working life he was fired from his job at a newspaper by the editor who said, “He lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Following that, his first few businesses also ended in abject failure. Today his movies and theme parks brighten up the lives of millions.

Elbert Einstein didn’t speak until he was 4, and did not read until he was 7. His parents and teachers thought he was mentally handicapped, slow and antisocial. He eventually won a Nobel Prize and changed the face of modern physics.

Thomas Edison also struggled at school in his early years. Teachers said he was, “too stupid to learn anything.” He was fired from his first two jobs for not being productive enough. He went on to invent the light bulb, and lit up the world.

Winston Churchill, struggled at school and failed 6th grade. He faced many years of political failure but finally became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at the age of 65. He went on to win a Nobel Prize.

Oprah Winfrey went through a rough and abusive childhood. In her early career she struggled and was fired from her job as a reporter for being, “unfit for TV.” Today she is a billionaire and global TV personality.

During his first screen test, Actor Fred Astaire was told by the director, “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.” He went on to become an incredible singer, dancer and actor.

Painter Vincent Van Gogh, completed over 800 works in his lifetime, but only ever sold 1 to a friend and for not much money. He struggled for years, plugging away tirelessly, often starving himself. Today his work is worth hundreds of millions.

Stephen King had his first book “Carrie” rejected by 30 publishers, which caused him to give it up and throw it in the trash. His wife took it out and encouraged him to try once more. It got published and today he is one of the most successful writers of our time.

Michael Phelps likewise overcame personal difficulties and became a renowned success. As a child Michael Phelps was diagnosed with ADHD. His kindergarten teacher told his mom, “His not gifted. Your son will never be able to focus on anything.” His coach from 11 years of age, Bob Bowman, said that Michael spent a lot of time over by the life guard stand for disruptive behaviour.

At times some of this disruptive behaviour has cropped up from time to time in his adult life. Yet, Phelps had set dozens of world records. In 2004 at the Athens Olympic Games he won 6 gold and 2 bronze medals, surpassing the legend Mark Spitz. Phelps currently holds the all-time record for Olympic gold medals at 18 with a total of 22 all up. One website claims that “If Michael Phelps were a country, he’d rank No. 35 on the all-time Olympic gold medal list, ahead of 97 nations”.

From the age of 14 through to the Beijing games, Phelps trained 7 days per week, 365 days per year. He figured that if he trained Sundays too, he would get a 52 day advantage over the competition. He would spend up to 6 hours per day in the pool. He focussed all his energy into a one single discipline. Phelps became a person of selected discipline and by so doing demonstrated the practical outcome of doing what Inventor Alexander Bell said, “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”

One thing you might notice about all the examples cited above is that they all had a single focus. They all chose a speciality to put their time, energy and resources into. They all faced hardships and failure, but in the end they all made significant achievements.

Finding for your focus

To find your focus might take some doing though. For many people it does not simply fall into their laps. Most of us will have to go out and look for it. Even experiment with several professions before deciding which one fits us best.

Personally I believe that most people yearn to find their focus or purpose, they hunger for some insight into what their role is, why they were put here on earth and what they are meant to be doing with their lives. This is a continuously recurring theme and one which has attracted much attention by authors, speakers, preachers, movie makes and musicians.

Recently, I had a quick look at how many web pages were indexed by Google on the various search terms related to purpose, focus and meaning. The results showed that an astonishing 1 billion pages referenced the word “purpose”, 123 million pages, “Meaning of Life”, 1.2 Billion pages “Focus” and “What is my focus in life” found 405 Million pages.

Furthermore, a search on Amazon’s data base for books on the subject of “Purpose of Life” returned 234,134 results and “Meaning of life” – 196,828 results. There is no doubt in my mind that finding focus, purpose and meaning in life is one of the most important question people seek to answer.

To start the process of discovering your focus, it pays to know what you are passionate about. If you know what you love doing, what you enjoy spending your time on, what gives you the most enjoyment in life, you will be better able to find your focus.

“If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it.” Wanda Skyes.

The word passion means to have an intense desire or enthusiasm for something. Passion also refers to love, fervor, preoccupation and eagerness. Taken together, when you have a passion for something it means you have a love for it. It gets you up in the morning rearing to go. Does this describe your approach to the new day?

Many of the people St. John interviewed for his book The 8 traits successful people have in common said they loved what they did. Steve Jobs for instance said, “I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parent’s garage when I was 20.” Golf superstar, Tiger Woods said “I absolutely love it. I love hitting the golf ball” and J.K Rowling author of Harry Potter books said, “I love writing these books. I don’t think anyone could enjoy reading them more than I enjoy writing them.”

Having a love for what you do is one of the key ingredients to achieving great success. Successful people are passionate about their goals. They know that to achieve great success will only happen when they truly love what they do.

According to St. John there are two types of people: strivers and seekers. Strivers know what they want from an early age and go after it straight away. Most people, however, are seekers and need to spend time searching for their passion first. One way to determine if you have found your passion is to ask yourself “Would I do it for free?” If you answer “yes” then congratulations, you have found your passion(2). If your answer is “no” then don’t give up, keep on looking.

People like filmmaker James Cameron (Titanic), Paul McCartney (Beatles), homemaking celebrity Martha Stewart and evangelist Billy Graham were seekers, but when they eventually found their passion they excelled in their chosen field. So if you haven’t found your passion yet, don’t worry, keep looking, because you still have time to make your mark on life.

How to find your passion

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” Albert Einstein

Your passion won’t simply drop into your lap or one day show up on your doorstep. Most of us have to go in search of it. Ken Mattingly, a veteran astronaut and Apollo 13 hero said, “The more experiences and the faster you get ‘em the better. They always pay off.” He suggests that you need to experience life to uncover what it is you love. Do as much as you can and take your opportunities to try new things. You may have to walk down many paths before you find the one you love.

Many successful individuals had to do the same. Albert Einstein was one of them. He worked as a patent clerk while he wrote 4 of his most important papers in his spare time. He didn’t know from the offset what his passion was.

Furthermore, when seeking out your passion it is important to follow your heart and not your wallet. Bill Gates (Microsoft) now the richest man in the world (2016) said, “Paul and I, we never thought we would make much money out of the thing. We just loved writing software.” Similarly Michael Jordan said, “I play the game because I love it. I just happen to get paid.” These people didn’t go after the money, they went after their passion. The money came later.

Jerry White a professor of entrepreneurial studies at the University of Toronto said, “People whose only objective is making money, usually don’t.” He went on to say that you should find a product or service you can passionately believe in because without this you will not succeed(4). If you don’t love the product or service you are trying to sell then find something you can love.

Napoleon Hill author of the best seller “Think and Grow Rich”, says that you don’t have to be a fortune teller to predict someone’s future. You simply have to ask him one simple question: “What is your one definite purpose for your life – and what plans have you made to attract it?”

According to Hill, almost 98 out of 100 people will say something like, “I would like to earn a good living and be as successful as I can.” On the surface of it, this seems like a reasonable answer, but dig a little deeper and you will find a drifter who will not go on to achieve anything of significance in life, other than the odd left over from truly successful people – who do actually have a definite purpose and a plan to attain it (5).

If you want good things to be attracted into your life you need to have a definite purpose (a single focus), and a plan to achieve it. How can anything be attracted to you if you do not know what it is yourself? How can anyone offer you their help if you don’t know what you are trying to achieve yourself?

Exercise 1

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This Short eBook forms part of a much bigger Goal Attainment program.

The Goal Achievers Program is a complete goal attainment program designed to take you from the very beginning of the process of setting and planning to the point of achieving them.

Here are some of the programs core focusses:

[1] Unlock The Power Of Goals. You will learn why it is so important to set goals for your life. Why goal setting separates the successful from the mediocre.

[2] Define The Life You Want. Discover what you want in life. What do you want to be, do and own. Learn how to gain clarity and crystal clear direction.

[3] Formulate Goals That Get Results. Learn how to formulate SMART goals which get results rather than sit on the shelf gaining dust. Smart people set SMART goals.

[4] Plan Your Goals For Success. A goal without a plan is just a dream. Move your goals into real actionable plans and watch how your dreams become a reality.

[5] Use The Awesome Power of Your Mind. You have at your disposal one of the greatest creations in the universe – your mind. Learn how to use it to achieve your greatest dreams and loftiest goals.

[6] The Power of Persistence. Persistence is the single most important trait that predicts success. Learn to use the phenomenal power of persistence to achieve your grandest goals.

[7] Self-Discipline. Learn why self-discipline is an essential cog in your engine to achieve greatness. Develop new ways to gain more self-discipline and watch your dreams turn into reality.

[8] Overcome Procrastination. If you don’t get started your dreams will remain unfulfilled. Learn tactics and strategies to overcome procrastination.

[9] Program the Subconscious. Utilise the power of the 90 Day Goal Achievers Journal to program your subconscious with your most important dreams, desires and goals.

[10] Bonus Module. Apply the whole process to a goal of making $1,000,000 in 12 months.



Become a Goal Achiever Today

Please Visit My Site http://www.davidbartontraining.com/goal-achievers-program/ for more information on a program which can take your future to the next level.


1. A. Schroeder, The snowball: Warren Buffett and the business of life. (A&C Black, 2009).

2. R. St John, The 8 Traits Successful People Have in Common. (Embassy Books 2011).

3. D. Waitley, Psychology of winning. (Berkley, 1985).

4. J. Kehoe, Money, Success and You. (Zoetic, 1990).

5. N. Hill, Napoleon Hill’s Unlimited Success: 52 Steps to Personal & Financial Reward. (Piatkus, 1994).

The Power of Focus: Discover the Enormous Power Focus has on Goal Setting

Hi, my name is Dr David Barton. I am the author of the Goal Achievers Program. In this short eBook I will share with you why I consider focus to be so essential to achieving your grandest and loftiest of goals. The topics covered here include 1. Anyone can achieve success at their goals 2. Age Doesn’t Determine Success 3. Mental Health Doesn’t Determine Success 4. Talent Doesn’t Decide Your Success 5. Finding for your focus 6. How to find your passion I hope that by the end of this eBook you will agree with me that focus is extremely essential to goal achievement. I also hope you will agree that practically anyone can achieve amazing success with their lives, and that success is not a matter of birth, but more a factor of what you chose to focus your time and energy on. Thank you for purchasing this eBook, and I hope you will benefit greatly from reading it. To your success Dr David Barton

  • ISBN: 9781370775170
  • Author: David Barton
  • Published: 2016-08-05 08:20:11
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The Power of Focus: Discover the Enormous Power Focus has on Goal Setting The Power of Focus: Discover the Enormous Power Focus has on Goal Setting