There’s an old Russian proverb that says, “If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.”

What a great reminder of the importance of focus in our quest for success.

If you want to become truly great at anything, you need to be disciplined in your unrelenting pursuit of it.

You can’t go off chasing other things.

You can’t get too easily distracted.

You can’t give up too soon.

You need to clearly identify what you want and work persistently towards it for a long period of time.

I’ve tried chasing two rabbits in the past.

When Karen and I first started our resume writing business on a part-time basis four years ago, I was also working at another job that I thoroughly enjoyed.  As the business grew, I found that I was torn between the two.  Not that I didn’t have the time to dedicate to them both or that I did a diabolical job at either, but I often felt that I wasn’t able to perform at the level that I expected from myself.

I was OK, but not outstanding.

I wasn’t able to sustain the emotional focus required to generate and implement innovative ideas, to develop my skills fully or to take either position to the next level.

It was only when we took the plunge and committed to our business on a full-time basis that I felt as though I was able to set and achieve the ambitious goals that were necessary to maximise my skills and passion.

Do you feel frustrated by your inability to make progress towards your goals?

Perhaps you’re just distracted by conflicting goals, making it difficult to consistently and congruently focus on taking the necessary action to become successful.

Of course, there are those who seem to enjoy chasing two rabbits.  It gives them the excuse that they are at least doing something, even if they are unsuccessful at either.

Don’t let that be you.

Don’t confuse activity with achievement.

Stop chasing two rabbits and focus on the one thing that you were made to do.

Develop your skills in that one area and become the world-class exponent that we need you to be.

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