These focus quotes remind us of how important concentration and attention are in pursuing goals or doing anything that is important. Multi-tasking is gaining in popularity, yet there are many things that we do that require our full attention and focus, particularly amidst the countless distractions we are faced with around us. I hope these focus quotes inspire and motivate you to consider how you interact with the people who are important to you as well as your approach to pursuing the goals that are important to you.
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Concentrate all your thoughts on the task as hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
(Alexander Graham Bell)
The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything.
To me, the definition of focus is knowing exactly where you want to be today, next week, next month, next year, then never deviating from your plan. Once you can see, touch and feel your objective, all you have to do is pull back and put all your strength behind it, and you'll hit your target every time.
A laser is a weak source of energy. A laser takes [only] a few watts of energy and focuses them in a coherent stream of light. But with a laser, you can drill a hole in a diamond or wipe out cancer.
(Al Ries from “Focus - The Future of Your Company Depends On It”)
One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.
Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.
You don't concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done.
Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right thing.
I’ve tried to provide proper attribution to the original sources of these quotations. Please let me know if there are any that may be in error, or if you know some of the sources I have identified as “unknown”. Thanks!
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