What do thought-leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Florence Scovel Shinn, and Napoleon Hill all have in common? They have all talked about the critical importance of focus.
Studying the great achievers of the world, I learned that to reach my greatest potential, and to achieve TRUE Wealth would require me to establish and focus on my personal definite major purposes (DMP). I came to accept this as an overriding success framework that I must commit to in order to achieve any long-term goal.
To demonstrate, let’s consider the work of Napoleon Hill. He is widely known as one of the pioneers in the field of personal development, and his famous book called “Think & Grow Rich” emphasizes the importance of applying laser focus to any goal you wish to achieve. Countless thought-leaders and multimillion-dollar entrepreneurs swear by the strategies explained in Hill’s book. These people all talk about how they benefitted from what Hill called “Definiteness of Purpose,” which is “the habit of focusing your actions and thoughts on one high and desirable goal in life.”
Other thought leaders agree. People like Malcolm Gladwell, whose best-selling book “Outliers” highlights this point. In the book, Gladwell argues that in order to do breakthrough work, you must be willing to dedicate 10,000 hours of dedicated practice and tune out distractions to be successful. It’s the only way.
Also, your DMP must be big enough, and exciting enough that it will maintain your passion, drive, and perseverance. This has to be the case especially when things are going wrong, and you are making lots of mistakes. The payoff of reaching your DMP has to be enticing enough to motivate you to hang in there when others quit.
It’s okay if your DMP changes and is refined over time. I can tell you first hand how my personal DMP has evolved. In 1996, my DMP was to earn $100,000 per year in a corporate job and become a county manager within five years. I blew past both those goals in less than two years. In 2003, while working as a senior executive at the First American Corporation, my DMP became closing the gap in homeownership rates for underserved communities in the US. Thanks to the support of our CEO and an amazing team, our bold initiative made a huge impact in the housing industry. Later, in 2008, my DMP evolved into the attempted launch of a new TV network with “positive” images and role models that would change the way people’s beliefs were shaped by what they saw in the media. While I was not successful in launching the TV network, I learned valuable lessons that are helping me succeed with my current DMP. I discovered that even my temporary defeats had a seed of equivalent benefit.
Today, my DMP is to help one million people around the world to conquer the “7 Deadly Shackles” in their lives and subsequently achieve TRUE Wealth. I focus on my DMP tirelessly each day. I love the work itself, and the personal fulfillment that comes from being a catalyst for others on a quest to become their greatest “SELF” is simply indescribable.
So, now I turn to you. What’s your DMP? If you’re unsure, or don’t have one, here are a few questions to ask yourself to help establish your DMP:
These questions should give you enough to think about as you develop and fine-tune your DMP. It might also help to write down your thoughts, and share it with close friends to see if they can give you trustworthy and loving feedback.
As you process this information, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Email me or connect with me via LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter. Let’s talk about it. And let’s continue on this journey side by side until your focus leads you to your personal mountaintop.