How Do You Choose What To Focus On

Are you struggling to focus on the right things in your life?

Knowing what you should be investing your time and energy into can be difficult in the fast-paced and distracting world we live in.

Maybe you want to improve your health or grow your business… 

Maybe you want to start your own business but just can’t decide where to start… 

While it can be hard to choose where to start and what to focus on, there are some simple things you can do to make sure you are investing your time in the places in your life that will best serve you personally and professionally.

We often get caught up in feeling like a simple method couldn’t possibly work because it’s “too simple”, but we often find that when we get back to the basics and simplify the process we can start to see real progress. 


In this video, I am going to cover:

  • The “Focus List” and how this simple formula can clear your path to prioritized focus
  • How to prioritize your focus and make the most of it
  • And…show you how using this method makes struggling to focus a thing of the past

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How do you choose what to focus on? That’s what we’re going to be covering in today’s video. This is part one of a two-part video where I’m going to be not only teaching you what to focus on but in the next video, how to stay motivated to achieve those goals. Also, don’t forget to subscribe. If you like videos on business and mindset as I release them each and every week,

Hey everybody, Dan Henry, here I am a Wall Street Journal, bestselling author, international speaker, and the founder of I’m going to show you how to make a focus list today because a lot of people say, “Well, what do I choose to focus on?” It’s hard to focus when you don’t know what you should be focusing on. It’s almost like this two-part layer to focus. You know, if you don’t know what to focus on, then how can you commit to the focus? So let’s go ahead and make this list. So this is what I call a focus list and grab a piece of paper, grab a chart pen, write on a wall, whatever you want. This is your focus list. All right. So what you want to do here is there’s a line that you want to draw down the middle and on the left side and the right side, we have two different parts to this list. So what we’re going to do is on the right, we’re going to make a list of all the bad things happening in our life, in our business, all the negative consequences. So we’ll just write bad thing one, bad thing two, so for instance maybe you’re overweight, right? So we might say overweight, okay. Not enough money, you don’t have enough money. Okay.

Not enough money. A bad relationship with your father, we can just keep going, but we make a list of all the bad things in your life. Then we want, on the other side, we want to write the thing that you would need to do to fix it. So I’ll just put “thing”, right? “Thing” you need to do. So overweight, you need to diet and exercise, right? The not enough money maybe you are waiting to start a business, maybe you’ve yet to ask for a raise, whatever it is. So we’ll just say start business. Okay.

A bad relationship with your father. So maybe you’ve been waiting for years and years and years to make a phone call to your father. And, you know deep down that if you actually pick up the phone, make that phone call, apologize, or say that you forgive whatever it is, right? You know if that phone call, as hard as that phone call is to make, if you just do it, that’ll set the path to fixing that relationship. You’re just putting it off and putting it off. So I’ll put a phone call, okay. And we can keep going. There can be this whole list. So what we have to do here is we have to look at this focus list. Okay. We look at this list and we say, in what order do I put these negative things? So now we start moving the order around and we reorder this list, because for instance, maybe you do have a bad relationship with your father.

Maybe you’re not making enough money, but maybe just, maybe you just went to the doctor and you’re really overweight. The doctor says, listen, if you don’t lose weight in the next few months, you’re going to have a heart attack. So obviously at that point as bad as it is to not have enough money, as bad as it is to have a bad relationship with your father, as bad as these things are, this becomes the number one priority. So what you have to do is you have to work this list so that you have a priority list. When you do that, what happens here? The focus side moves too. Now you have one, two, three, four, however, it goes. So now, you know to put more focus on things at the top and a little bit less focus on things at the bottom. I know this may sound simple, and I know this may sound a little bit, you know, like non-techie, non-nerdy, not technical. But, that’s the thing the most impactful things that we can do in life to change our trajectory are not complicated.

They are simple. What’s hard is making a commitment to such a simple thing. ‘Cause, it almost sounds too simple. It almost sounds like it wouldn’t work, but it will. So here’s what I want you to do. Make a list of all the bad things you have going on in your life, write down the things you would have to do to fix those things, order the list in terms of their priority and how important they are to you, which then of course reorders this list. Now you have a list of things to focus on. So that right there, ladies and gentlemen are the focus list.

In the next video, I’m going to keep this list up on the board and I’m gonna talk about how to stay motivated when it comes to actually execute this list. Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel. So you get a notification when that video comes out, I’ll see you in the next one.

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