Learn to master the art of delegation
Would you like to learn how to stay focused on the activities that are most essential to your success? I think you'll agree that sometimes it can be tough to focus on anything. And
it can be even tougher to focus on your core genius, which is an essential ingredient in the recipe to success.
Fortunately, there are a few quick and easy ways to do so! You see, I believe you have inside of you a core genius. One thing that you love to do, and do so well, that you hardly
feel like doing anything else. It's effortless for you and a whole lot of fun. And if you could make money doing it, you'd make it your
What is Your Core Genius?
In most cases, your Core Genius is directly tied to your passions and life purpose. Successful people believe this, too. That's why they put their core genius first. They focus on it
and delegate everything else to other people on their team. For me, my core genius lies in the area of teaching, training, coaching and motivating. Another core
genius is writing and compiling books. Over my 35 year career, I have written, co-authored, compiled and edited more than 150 books, and I
love to do it! I do it well, and people report that they get great value from it. Compare that to the other people in the world who go through
life doing everything, even those tasks they're bad at or that could be done more cheaply, better, and faster by someone else. They simply
can't find the time to focus on their core genius because they fail to delegate even the most menial of tasks.
How to Stay Focused on Your Core Genius
Delegate tasks that aren't directly related to your core genius. Delegate completely, which simply means that you delegate a task once and completely - rather than
delegating it each time it needs to be done.
When you delegate the grunt work-the things you hate doing or those tasks that are so painful, you end up putting them off-you get to concentrate on what you
love to do. You free up your time so that you can be more productive.
And the best part is you get to enjoy life more.
Surprisingly, most people are afraid of looking wasteful or being judged as being above everyone else. They are afraid to give up control or reluctant to
spend the money to pay for help. Deep down, most people simply don't want to let go.
How You Can Actually Save Money By Delegating
Others (potentially you) have simply fallen into the habit of doing everything themselves. "It's too time-consuming to explain it to someone," you say. "I
can do it more quickly and better myself anyway." But can you?
If you're a professional earning $75 per hour and you pay a neighborhood kid $10 an hour to cut the grass, you save the effort
of doing it yourself on the weekend and gain one extra hour when you could profit by $65. Of course, while one hour doesn't seem like much,
multiply that by 52 weekends a year and you discover you've gained 52 hours a year at $65 per hour or an extra $3,380 in potential
Always Stay Focused on Your Core Genius
Unfortunately, most entrepreneurs spend less than 30% of their time focusing on their core genius and unique abilities.
In fact, by the time they've launched a business, it often seems entrepreneurs are doing everything but the one thing they
went into business for in the first place.
Don't let this be your fate!
Identify your core genius, then delegate completely to free up more time to focus on
what you love to do. Keeping this idea of delegating tasks so you can stay focused on your core genius in mind, I want to leave you
with a bit of homework to complete.
Write down 5 tasks that you can delegate and get off your plate today. Then list the people or person that you can delegate those
tasks to so that you can focus on your Core Genius. To hold yourself accountable, leave a comment below with the 3 tasks you plan to
delegate. I'll follow up with you guys to make sure you're staying on track!
To hold yourself accountable, leave a comment below with the 3 tasks you plan to delegate. I'll follow up with you guys to make sure you're
staying on track!
Stay Focused With This Success Planner
Always remember that successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their
past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps that they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment
of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.
How to Stay Focused in the Face of Negativity
The Law of Attraction states that whatever you focus on is what you will attract into your life. This is why it's essential to stay focused on your goals.
Unfortunately, many people find it difficult to maintain focus in today's world, where we're bombarded by negative messages from the media, co-workers,
friends, relatives and even clients.
The good news is that you can take action to shield yourself from motivation-sapping, fear-instilling negativity.
Here are 5 easy ways to stay focused in the face of negativity.
Tip #1: Accept 100% Responsibility
The most critical principle to master if you want to create greater success is to accept 100 percent responsibility for your
life - including the type and amount of negativity to which you allow yourself to be exposed.
Your job is to take care of yourself. This includes creating environments that are conducive to success. Take note of how negativity
manifests in your life, and then consider ways that you can reduce your exposure.
For instance, do you watch or read the news every day? Try abstaining, and trust that if anything major happens, such as a natural
disaster, someone will tell you. At that point, you can choose to read an article or two to bring yourself up to date.
Do you have well-meaning relatives who urge you not to follow your dreams because they fear the consequences of the
risks you'll take to achieve your goals? You may want to limit the time you spend with these individuals.
Alternatively, recognize their advice for what it is: an expression of their love and concern for you. The simple
truth is that many people are blind to their limiting beliefs and how it colors their view of the world. Simply thank these
well-meaning individuals for caring enough about you to share their thoughts, then turn your attention back to your goals.
Tip #2: Release Negative Feelings
To attract what you want in life, you must live in a state of love, joy and gratitude. Negative environments stir up feelings
of fear, anxiety and doubt, which must be released so that you can return to a higher state of feeling and vibration.
The Sedona Method, created by Hale Dwoskin, offers a fast and effective solution to the need to release negative feelings.
Start by tuning in to the feeling that is disturbing you. Really feel the emotion - welcome it and let it flood your body.
Then ask yourself, "Could I let it [the feeling] go?" Both "yes" and "no" are acceptable answers.
Next, ask, "Would I let it go?" If your answer is "no," ask whether you would rather have this feeling or would you rather be free.
Finally, ask, "When?" This is an invitation to let the feeling go now. You can make the decision to release a feeling anytime you want.
Repeat the entire process as often as needed until you feel free of that particular feeling.
Most people either wallow in their negative emotions or they try to resist experiencing negative feelings. Neither approach works. Use
the Sedona Method to allow your emotions to flow through you, so that you can return to a positive state.
Tip #3: The Evening Review
Whatever you read, see, listen to, talk about and experience during the last 45 minutes of your evening has a huge influence on your
sleep and your next day. During the night, your unconscious mind replays and processes this late-night input up to six times more often
than anything else you experienced during the day. Use the following process to focus your unconscious mind.
Sit with your eyes closed, breathing deeply. Ask your mind to show you where you could have been more effective, more conscious,
more loving, more assertive, or more of any other characteristic you want to focus on. (Note: review only one characteristic at a time).
You'll see that a number of events from the day will come to mind. Observe them without any self-criticism. Then take each incident
and replay in it in your mind the way you would have preferred to have done it. This will help you form the desired behavior the next
time you face the same situation.
Tip #4: The Daily Success Focus Journal
Another way to stay focused on your goals and on the positive is to create a Daily Success Focus Journal. Each evening, identify 5
accomplishments you made throughout the day. Next, identify why each accomplishment is important to you. Then, identify how you can
make further progress in the same area. Finally, write down a specific action step that will lead to this progress and enter the to-do
item into your schedule.
Tip #5: Create Your Ideal Day
Before you leave work or go to bed, take a few minutes to plan your schedule for the following day. Doing so sets you up for success,
as you'll be able to get right to work as soon as you begin your day.
After planning your schedule, take a few additional minutes to visualize your day going exactly as you want it. See yourself performing
at your best in every situation you will encounter. This gives your subconscious all night to work on creating ways to make it all happen
just as you visualized it.
Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what else is happening. They choose to concentrate on their success, rather
than their failures, and on the next action steps, they need to take. Use the tips outlined in this article to stay positive and proactive
as you create your ideal life.
This article was written on Jack Canefield's Blog