Today, we interviewed a young lady named Awilda Rivera for a podcast (that’s not the royal we; Kelvin does the show with me).
If you look at her website, you’ll see that she is a spiritual adviser, success coach, yoga instructor, reiki practitioner and certification-awarder, and she performs weddings, too.
That might sound like a lot — it did to us, too — but to her it all comes down to focusing on exactly how she wants to help people, and she can explain it in right around five seconds.
We were astonished. We’re taught that in order to really succeed, we should focus on one thing.
But, we were also reminded of this week’s lesson from Haanel (17-11):
Concentration does not mean mere thinking of thoughts, but the transmutation of these thoughts into practical values[.]
I decided to dig a little deeper, so I pulled out my trusty dictionary. Concentration means
exclusive attention to one object; close mental application.
Focus, on the other hand, means
a central point, as of attraction, attention, or activity.
So Awilda has a focus. All the things she does lead her to that one central place. And when she’s doing work toward that focus, it’s concentrated work.
That’s like our DMPs, right? We want lots of things, but when it call comes down to it, we get a one-sentence shot at our focus. Here’s mine:
I make a better world by helping people become happier, healthier, kinder and more productive.
I could probably take the productive bit out, since that follows from healthier and contributes to happier, but I like the ring of it.
All of that encompasses a whole bunch of things. Diet, exercise, sleep, volunteerism, research, lifelong learning, meditation, making lists…ellipses…But it all does have a narrow focus, something I can concentrate on, as our exercise this week tells us:
33. For your exercise this week concentrate as nearly as possible in accordance with the method outlined in this lesson. [Snip]
34. If you wish to eliminate fear, then concentrate on courage.
35. If you wish to eliminate lack, then concentrate on abundance.
36. If you wish to eliminate disease, then concentrate on health.
37. Always concentrate on the ideal as an already existing fact.[Snip]
Be what you will to be!