Learn How To “Smocus”…The Art of Focusing on Small Goals

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We all have goals.  The dreams, desires, and wishes we want to achieve.  We do accomplish many of them.  We also let many of them fall by the wayside because we feel like they’re too big to conquer and achieve.  Many of us also feel like we can confidently navigate one or two areas of our lives really well, but we fall short on all the other areas.

There’s a reason that happens.  The goals that we achieve relatively easily are the things that are either:

  1. Most important to us in that moment.
  2. The easiest to accomplish because there’s little effort required to do the work.

What if you were able to break down ALL the goals you wanted to achieve in your life in a way that made it possible for you to achieve many, many more of them?  In order to do that, you need to learn the Art of “Smocus,” meaning you need to learn the art of breaking down your big goals into manageable bite size chunks.

The question then becomes, “What is it that I REALLY want?”  That’s where “Smocus” steps in.

Let me explain three ways to put this into practice so you can see how well it works.

Get Clear About What You Want

Before we can “smocus” we first need to know our desired outcomes. These are the “Big Picture” goals.

What do you want to accomplish in your life over the next year, five years, ten years, in your lifetime, etc.?

  • Do you want to retire?
  • Do you want to start a new career?
  • Do you want to write a book?
  • Do you want your body to look a certain way?
  • Do you want to fall in love and get married?
  • Do you want to have children?
  • Do you want to move somewhere warm?
  • Do you want to take a trip around the world?
  • Do you want to become financially free?

Spend some quality time thinking about what you really want.  When you do this, ask yourself this question:  WHAT WOULD I BE THE MOST UPSET ABOUT NOT ACCOMPLISHING IF MY LIFE WERE TO SUDDENLY END? 

Write out a complete list of everything.  Don’t skip anything.  Nothing is too small or too big.  Think about some of the things you thought you would have done already by this time in your life.  Add those to the list as well.  Make the list as comprehensive as you can.  This is an ongoing list and items will be crossed off and added to it constantly.

Take the List of Big Picture Goals and Put Them in Order of Priority

This is the first part of the “smocus” process.  Once you have a detailed list, the next step is to break it down into chunks.  When you break it down into smaller chunks, it will make the process of putting action steps into place much easier.

I often say that we can have it ALL, and we can!  But, that doesn’t mean that we want to have everything we’ve ever wanted all at once!  That’s why it is important to take the complete list of what you want in your life and break it down in order of importance and priority to you.  For instance, chronologically, it’s more pressing to put having children in front of retiring.  It’s more important to put down things that require your freedom and independence in front of things that may be effected by having other responsibilities in your life.  For example, if you want to backpack throughout Europe for a year, that needs to appear on the list prior to having children (or after they are grown and out of the house…that works, too!)  You get the idea.  Figure out to the best of your ability WHEN the best timing might be to get what you want.  What I want you to know is:  you are limited by nothing, you can have everything you want, and you deserve to have the most extraordinary life!  Don’t let your age or your past come into play with this exercise.  Enjoy the process of laying out your life!  It’s so much fun!

Calendar Everything and Work Backwards

You’re not going to be able to do everything you want to do all at the same time.  But, that doesn’t mean you can’t put it on the calendar.  For example, let’s say you’d like to retire in 10 years, put that on your calendar ten years from now!  One afternoon, for kicks, I browsed my Google Calendar to see how far out into the future the calendar would go.  I stopped browsing after I reached 200 years from now!  Wow!  It was in that moment that I started adding my goals, events and milestones to it.  I put my 100th Birthday on the calendar, and I spent time visualizing my fantastic party and celebration.  I could see myself sitting there, smiling, surrounded by so many loving, wonderful people.  I also have many other special milestones on the calendar as early as this year and all the way in between that 100 birthday mark.

Here are the reasons and benefits for doing this:

THIS TAKES THE VISION BOARD TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL!!!!!!!!  You can visualize what you want and put it on a vision board, write it in a journal, etc.  BUT, when you put it on your calendar, it makes it more REAL!

What would your calendar look like?  Put everything on the calendar!  Manifest all of it!  If it’s on the calendar in writing, it makes it more real.  FILL your calendar with everything you want to accomplish.  Don’t put any limits on yourself!  Imagine you’ll be living a LONG, HEALTHY, HAPPY, PROSPEROUS LIFE and you have TIME to do, be, and get everything you want to!  Doesn’t that sound like so much FUN?

The last part is to break it down even further.  Pick a handful of items you’d like to accomplish every year.  Once they are on your calendar, put daily reminders on the calendar and in your life so they are top of mind for you all the time.  Once one is accomplished, take down the reminder and focus on a new one.  This is “smocus” in action.  This is the art of manifestation.  This is keeping YOU, your wants, desires and goals top of mind every day.  This is another example of Intentional Living!

It allows you to feel more at peace because once you realize how much TIME you have, time that you are in CONTROL of, you can breathe easier knowing that you’ll accomplish whatever it is you desire to accomplish at the precise moment you should accomplish it in your life.  For all of us who are over achievers, that is peace of mind!

Sometimes, the goal should be nothing more than putting it on the calendar!  Then, let the universe go to work on bringing together all the components to make it happen for you with ease.  Trust that it WILL happen WHEN it’s supposed to happen.

Let me end here with a few key points I want you to take away:

The way you do one thing is the way you do everything.  Implementing this practice will change the way you look at your life FOREVER!

The key to getting anything you want in life is PROGRESS.  This is such a powerful technique in making progress in your life.

This isn’t an exact science.  Life events, free will, and a thousand other occurrences will come into play.  That’s the beauty in the uncertainty of life!  However, you are FAR more likely to do, to be, and to get everything you want to experience while you’re here on planet Earth if you do these processes.  It’s so worth it!

Smocus Focus!!!

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Quote:  “I don’t focus on what I’m up against.  I focus on my goals and I try and ignore the rest.”  – Venus Williams