As a wise man once said, we all might as well face our problems, we can’t run fast or far enough to get away from them all. In this period of time, we face a perplexing array of international and national problems – – the Middle East situation, energy needs, natural disasters, and so on.
At the same time, we can be often overloaded with personal problems – – family, finances, health, etc. Sometimes it seems that the best thing to do is to leave town, to ditch everything and get a new identity. However, this is a time when the focus becomes essential. Take one problem at a time and concentrate on that problem only.
If you try to consider all your problems at once, you will end up confused. By taking problems, one at a time, you gain the perspective needed to decide whether to face the problem, shelve it, or avoid it entirely.
The thing to be concerned with is your focus. Where in the big picture of things are you putting your attention? Even if you are focused on your goal, you will have any number of positive and negative thoughts along the way, but as you keep moving forward towards your journey’s end, you are doing fine. It’s when you stop moving or are not moving towards your journey’s end, then a course correction is in order.
Focusing is an indispensable part of goal setting. Breaking a problem(or goal) down into smaller, doable activities brings it into increasingly sharper focus whereby you can deal effectively with it.
Suppose, for example, that you have a marital problem. If you will view the marital problem as the category of love, it can be broken down as follows: marital difficulties– finances, children, love; sex and affection– open discussion, recognizing differing emotional needs, gifts, and physically showing affection.
Dealing with marital problems can be very difficult, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary to began to show affection through words and gestures, to bring a gift unexpectedly, and to remember an anniversary.
Not only in solving marital problems but focusing, itself, is the key to fulfillment and to finding meaning and purpose in any area of your life. When you focus on any undertaking that is of vital interest to you, when you clearly define it, and when you experience progress and fulfillment in accomplishing it, then you are on your way to success.
There is time enough for everything in the course of the day, if you do but one thing at a time; but there is not enough time in the year if you do two things at a time.
Again, the principle of success in any endeavor is focus and concentration, that is, to bend all of your energies to one point and to go directly to that point and not allow yourself to be pulled either right or left. After you have dispensed with that point then go to the next.