How do you empower focus?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Goals expert Gary Ryan Blair discusses how empowering focus starts with eliminating the things that don’t work.

    Gary Ryan Blair

    Gary is the President of The GoalsGuy Learning Systems, a highly focused training organization whose mission is to help their clients build and sustain superior performance. They accomplish this objective by helping their clients increase their sense of direction, confidence, and capability in all areas of their personal and professional life.

    Gary believes passionately in the enormous, untapped potential that resides within each person and is committed to providing individuals and corporations with tools of knowledge and skill they can use to unlock this potential. He has developed an entire library of world-class training programs, books and learning resources like the Personal Strategic Plan that are designed to make the heart sing, the mind expand and the spirit soar!

    To support his belief in the importance of goal setting and focus, Gary has established and sponsored two nationally recognized events: Youth Goals Education Week, a unique opportunity for kids and teens to learn about goal setting and its influence on their future, and New Year's Resolutions Week, an insightful series of activities designed to encourage people to set goals for their lives.

    Gary believes that life will not go according to plan, if you do not have a plan. He shares this belief and his unique strategies with school systems and companies around the world such as IBM, NASA, General Electric, Federal Express, Ford and many others.

    In addition to The GoalsGuy, Gary has created the wildly successful got goals?® campaign. It's mission is to inspire people to Be More, Do More and to ultimately Have More from life.

    His personal philosophy can be summarized into two words: Everything Counts!™ He believes in sweating the small stuff, and teaches that every action, word and thought either moves you toward or away from your goals, mission and ultimate legacy; that every moment offers an opportunity for advancement or retreat.

    When Gary speaks and writes, he does so from the heart, with warmth and humor. His unique gift is to speak to an audience and communicate with the heart of each person as if they were alone having an important, intimate conversation. A polished storyteller, he has a way of making the seemingly complex, easy to understand.

    Gary, his wife Erika, son Ryan, and daughter Libby live in Tampa, Florida with their two wonder-dogs Beefcake and Pork chop.

    Host: How do you empower focus?

    Gary Ryan Blair: So, how do you empower focus? Well first thing you do is you identify truly what the definition of empowerment is. Most have it incorrect, most of us think that empowerment is what you do for yourself, what you do for a team or do for a company or family and it's really not the case. Empowerment is just the opposite, it's what you take away. Example, years ago if you were to go into a K Mart, Walmart one of those stores and if a mistake was made to be cash registered by a young woman or man behind the register, everyone on line would have to wait and suffer until a manager came out of the back room with a some private password and a key chain and they would unlock the computer and then we could finish off the transaction.

    Well, the way that you empower that entire process is you get rid of the manager with a key chain and the code you give it to that young person, you remove that manager from the equation. The same thing goes with just about anything in life, is that we have to do is focus on creating it to don't list. What are all the things in your life that you don't need to do. The key to it is to understanding what are my high pay-off activities, what are my core competencies. Anything else that gets in the way, you need to remove and get rid of, so you empower focus by concentrating on less on more fruitful activities and eliminating or removing the things that bog you down.