If you lose focus, what can you do to remember?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Goals expert Gary Ryan Blair explains how to regain focus, including repetition, reinforcement, and renewal.

    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: If you lose focus, what can you do to remember?

    Gary Ryan Blair: So, if you lose focus, if you lose focus rather easily, what can you do to remember it? What are the tools, the strategies or instruments? Very simple, in school you learn the process of the hours reading, writing, arithmetic. When it comes to focus, it all comes down to repetition, reinforcement, renewal. So, let's just go to repetition first. Repetition is the mother of learning. In order for you to learn any skill, whether it is from learning how to write, to ride a bicycle, to learn a phone number, to do anything you learn through the process of repetition.

    Repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition, eventually it becomes muscle memory, it becomes second nature, you got it. So what happens to a lot of people in organizations is they identify a goal, something they want to go after, they focus their energies for a given period of time and in sometimes they stick the mission statement in a drawer, sometimes they just go take a nap and they loose focus and they get -- diffusion takes over, a lot of different opportunities and they get side tracked.

    Well, unless you continue to repeat to yourself, what you are doing and why and I do believe, this should be a daily occurrence that you should review your goals and your market focus and what it is you are going after on a daily basis because if you don't, the number of daily interruptions and opportunities that come your way are significant, so that's point number one. Number two, reinforcement, at every given opportunity what you have to do is you got to reinforce what it is that's important to you.

    As an example, I focus in on strategy, on focusing issues on finding ways to help businesses and individuals be more productive, to achieve there goals. Every once in a while I get a phone call, someone ask me to do a team building workshop or something related to its customer service. I won't that personally nor will anybody from my staff. We just don't do that. I do have a number of different outside trainers that I will form to workout to because that is their core competency. What I have to do is continue to reinforce to myself through my words, through my actions and through my behavior that I demonstrate to my own employees that this is course of action, this is the market niche that we have decided we're going after and we're not going to be deviated left or right.

    Renewal, some people go on an annual basis, some do it every five or ten years and they never knew their wedding vows. What they do is they go back and they remind themselves why they fell in love and they renew their commitment. The same principle applies when it comes to focus, you need to go back from time to time, maybe it's twice a year, I like to do it every quarter and sit down and review your goals, look at your performance and ask yourself is this still the right focus because focus changes, markets change, opportunities change, technology presents new situations and we need to shift and be flexible and so forth. So you need to continually review and renew when appropriate.

    So the principal of repetition, reinforcement, renewal really are the keys, those are your three Rs to remaining focused.