52 Days of Focus: Beware of the Yellow Flowers!

This is an encore of the blog I posted last year at this time with the exception of changed date.   Enjoy your next 52 Days of Focus!

It was early Spring last year and the pasture was sprinkled with these precious little yellow flowers.  They looked so beautiful, a field of yellow, and I made that comment to the Farmer.  The Farmer explained to me that this dangerous little yellow flower had no value whatsoever for this pasture and if left unchecked, it could actually kill the growth of the nutritious clover and grass needed to sustain his herd of cattle.

 

 

It occurred to me that many times when I have dreams of where I want to take my life and business or deepen my walk of faith, and then I formulate a plan which would make that dream come true,  the “little yellow flowers” spring up.  They look so pretty and harmless – but they are LETHAL to our dreams because they distract and take the focus off the goal.  Distractions can take many forms – idle phone conversations, internet surfing, mindless television, too much sleep, or……. little yellow flowers.  The Scripture tells us it is the “….little foxes that spoil the vine….”

For more than a year,  I have used a plan I have labeled  “52 Days of Focus” for implementing changes into my life and business.  The calendar year can be divided into seven equal 52 days periods – with one day left over  (two days this year).  At the beginning of each time period, I set the goals I want to achieve during the 52 days and the action steps it will take to achieve that goal.

At the beginning of this 52 day period , I decide on the areas of my life which need improvement –  faith, family, finances, friends, fun, fitness or  field of expertise.   The challenge during this time is to stay FOCUSED on the goals which I have set.   Focus requires that I set boundaries and priorities for my time.  It is not IF but WHEN distractions will come!  The “little yellow flowers” will spring up in the most unexpected places.

The Farmer was very proactive with his ruthless extermination of the  little yellow flowers.  He was on a mission to destroy and annihilate  these seemingly harmless plants which could potentially hinder the health and well-being of his herd.

So we must be with protecting our dreams and goals.  We set our priorities and formulate our action plans – and then we must build the fences  of protection around those areas of importance.   What is it we really want to achieve with our business?  How deep do we want our relationship with God to be?  How close do we want to be with our families?

This past Saturday (July 27) started the next 52 days of focus for me (the 1st day of the 4th  section of 52 days).  Just like the Farmer – I have to be ruthless with the distractions which will invariably come into my life.     They may seem innocent – but they are not!  52 days of focus can change your life – but beware of the yellow flowers!

Do you have a plan for the next 52 days of the year?  If not, why not!

 

 

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  • Michael Castrogovannie

    The way you inspire is amazing. You are a gift I am thankful for.

    Personally, I always stuck in the mindset of “tomorrow” or “next week” but this could be a start for me.

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      Michael – I appreciate you so much. And the 52 day plan has been such a help for an ADD person like me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.gardner.3979 Brian Gardner

    I am going to have to try this for sure.

  • Amanda Martinez

    Started my 52 days of Focus today! I can’t wait for results!

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      YEAH! I’m telling you – it works!

      • Kelli

        Yes it does

    • Kelli

      Hope it included lots of loans!

  • Mike Giddens

    After realding this, I’m reminded of the saying….”How do you eat an elephant?……One bite at a time.”………when I look at goal planning on a long term basis, 1, 3, or even 5 years, it feels like an eternity. However, when you simplify it, and actually break it down into 52 day intervals, it seems to be so much more managable. It’s all about taking those “one-bite at a time” steps! Thank you.

    • Mike Giddens

      Just had another thought……when you being working with a professional business coach, in the beginning most all of them will require you to track your time for several weeks……it’s amazing to see how much time we all actually was on the “little” things throughout the day. It may not be a bad idea for me to do this exercise again.

      • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

        I remember when I had to go through it – writing down what I did every 15 minutes. Amazing how much time we waste!

        • Kelli

          I did this and learned so much

      • Kelli

        Clock exercise…amazing what I caught myself doing!

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      MUCH more manageable in small bits, Mike

      • Kelli

        Sure is

    • Kelli

      Amen Mike

  • http://www.facebook.com/lauren.layman.902 Lauren Layman

    I like this 52 days of focus. All goals are achiveable when broken up into smaller chunks. You are full of insight and I appreciate you sharing. I will work on my plan this evening instead of watching the Olympics.

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      Let me know how your plan is going! Send me a copy!

    • Kelli

      Hope it went well for you! Olympics tonight though 😉

  • Amanda Martinez

    Those small distractions (the ones we “CAN’T” live without: text, surfing internet, TV)are so common in our everyday life. They do take away from our FOCUS and in turn we lose sight of our GOALS! Time for a refresh and reevaluation.

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      Right!

    • Kelli

      Yes they do!

  • http://caroldublin.com/ Carol Dublin

    You are so right about the seemingly harmless distractions that can ruin your dreams. I’m reading Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art, and he talks about Resistance being deadly to our art and dreams. I think Resistance is those little yellow flowers – have to be on the look out for them! Thanks for the great post.

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      Carol – I LOVE that book! It is one of my all time favorites. I have read it several times!

      • Kelli

        I am going to see if can get tonight on nook!

    • Kelli

      I am going to order book-you and Louise say its great!

  • Kelli

    I can’t wait to implement my plan for the next 52 days! Get rid of the “poison” and distractions that seem ok at time but then destroy our success. I’m ready to shine!

    • Amanda Martinez

      We can do it!!

      • Kelli

        Of course!

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      I would love to see your plan for the next 52 days!

      • Kelli

        It involves everything from weight control, keeping my cool, reading books I normally wouldn’t read, large goals, receiving a raise…lol (just threw that one in to see if you were paying attention!)

        • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

          LOL! And I WAS paying attention!

      • Kelli

        It’s a doozy

  • Kelli

    I love this blog. There are so many distractions that hinder our success that do seem so harmless at the time. They end up being the poison that keeps us from our dreams. Being that we are on Team Thaxton – our dreams are huge. I plan on spending today setting my plan of focus and improvement for all areas of life. Bring on the next chapter….I am ready!

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      Focus is hard for those of us with a little attention deficit disorder – not that you have it or anything….!

      • Kelli

        very funny Louise! Of course not. ….ha!