It takes an extraordinary person to work on multiple "top" priorities simultaneously. I've known some high-energy entrepreneurs who pursued a wide range of interests. Even though they could point to numerous achievements, I was aware of many fine initiatives that had been launched and then neglected.
As a West Point cadet, I studied the great battles. One of the fundamental principles of war I learned was called "mass." It involves the overwhelming concentration of forces on a single point - the enemy's weakness.
The smart money is to focus. Focus your time strictly on your most important priority. There is something brilliant about an all-out effort, day in and day out, in pursuit of one goal.
What some of the great minds have said about FOCUS...
"To be able to concentrate for a considerable time is essential to difficult achievement." - Bertrand Russell, British philosopher (1872-1970)
“To do two things at once is to do neither.” - Publilius Syrus, Roman author (Fl. B.C. 1st cent)
“One of the most important factors—not only in military matters but in life as a whole—is the power of execution, the ability to direct one’s whole energies toward the fulfillment of a particular task.” - Erwin Rommel, German general (1891-1944)
"When every physical and mental resource is focused - one's power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously." - Norman Vincent Peale, American author (1898-1993)
“My ability to concentrate and work toward that goal has been my greatest asset.” - Jack Nicklaus, American professional golfer (1940- )
“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” - Alexander Graham Bell, American inventor (1847-1922)
“Who begins too much accomplishes little.” - German Proverb
"Concentration is the secret of strengths in politics, war, in trade, in short in all management of human affairs." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, American philosopher (1803-1882)
"Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives." - Anthony Robbins, American author (1960- )
"The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus." - Bruce Lee, Chinese actor (1940-1973)
"Concentrate your energies, your thoughts and your capital....The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket." - Andrew Carnegie, American business leader (1835-1919)
"The perplexity of life arises from there being too many interesting things in it for us to be interested properly in any of them." - G. K. Chesterton, British novelist (1874-1936)
"Each man is capable of doing one thing well. If he attempts several, he will fail to achieve distinction in any." - Plato, Greek philosopher (B.C. 428-347)
Post by Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D., Copyright 2011. Building Personal Strength .