Bringing Life Into Focus

Have you ever looked through a pair of binoculars and every thing you saw was blurry?  You found yourself looking way out there, but everything you looked at was blurry.  In fact whether you were trying to see something that was close or something far away there was a blur that was inhibiting your ability to see clearly.  The blurriness won’t go away until you adjust the wheel between the lenses in order to bring things into focus.

Often times life is like looking through a pair of binoculars – everything is a blur.  No matter if we are looking close or far away everything is just a blur.  It is not until we stop, and make conscientious adjustments that will cause things in our life to come into focus. Have you ever stopped and asked yourself why things in your life are so blurry?

Assume You Know

Simon Sinek in his book “Start With Why” makes the following case:  “On a cold January day, a forty-three-year-old man was sworn in as the chief executive of his country. By his side stood his predecessor, a famous general who, fifteen years earlier, had commanded his nation’s armed forces in a war that resulted in the defeat of Germany. The young leader was raised in the Roman Catholic faith. He spent the next five hours watching parades in his honor and stayed up celebrating until three o’clock in the morning.

You know who I’m describing, right?

It’s January 30, 1933, and I’m describing Adolf Hitler and not, as most people would assume, John F. Kennedy.

The point is, we make assumptions. We make assumptions about the world around us based on sometimes incomplete or false information. In this case, the information I offered was incomplete. Many of you were convinced that I was describing John F. Kennedy until I added one minor little detail: the date.”

This is important because our behavior is affected by our assumptions or our perceived truths.  We make decisions based on what we think we know.

Do we really know why some organizations, churches, and people succeed and why others don’t, or do we just assume?  You have to be careful what you think you know.  Assumptions, even when based on sound research, can lead us astray.


Change Your Behaviors

If your current behaviors are not bringing your life into clear focus, then you must change your behavior.  If you keep doing what you have been doing you will keep getting the same results you have been getting.  When we change our behaviors for the good our outlook will change.  Consider Psalm 34 for a moment.  The heading of that Psalm states that it is “A Psalm of David, when he changed his behavior toward Amimelach, who drove him away, and he departed”.  This Psalm shows how David’s outlook changed when he changed his behavior.  Look at negative behaviors in your life, and change them.  Nobody can change your behaviors, but you.  Don’t blame others, don’t blame the system, don’t blame your family, don’t blame your friends, you have to take personal responsibility to change your behaviors.


Know Your Why

If you have not read Simon Sineks book “Start With Why” you need to go get a copy and read it today.  In this book he unpacks what it means to “know your why”.  Very few people, and companies for that matter know their WHY.  Why do you do what you do?  Why do you get out of bed every morning?  Why does your company exists?  You see, Why is simply a purpose, cause, or belief.  Quite possibly your life is out of focus because your WHY is not clear.  When your WHY becomes clear, you will then have taken the first step in bringing focus into your life.

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