Monday, April 25, 2011

The Power of Focus by Barbara Baggerly-Hinojosa

One of the ways a leader can get consistent results is with the power of focus.  We all can focus on what we choose to focus on so why not use that power to make real change in our lives? 

As Kohlreiser wrote, “one of the secrets of high performers is their ability to tune out unnecessary clutter so that they can stay focused on what they need to do to maintain a positive state” (pg. 29).  The power of both success and failure begins inside our minds.  

Through the choice of our focus, we all have the power to create a winning or a losing cycle in our lives and the lives of others.  How many people do you know who continue to exist in a state of unhappiness and seem to do nothing about it? 

Our goal should be to understand the power of focus in order to create the future we want.  In our example, others will learn to change their situations as well. 

Visualization is a method practiced by many successful leaders and athletes. The goal of visualizing is to “see” in our mind’s eye, what we want to accomplish and picture achieving our goals in every possible detail.  Having a vision helps people stay focused on the goal and allows the capacity to communicate and share the vision with others.  Effective leaders understand the importance of effectively sharing a vision and persuading others to become eager partners in reaching the established goals.

Every aspect of our lives has both a negative and a positive element.  Using our ability to focus, we are able to make a choice to either focus on the negative or the positive.  It is a choice!  We can choose, by way of focus, to be positive, negative, and happy.  

Those who chose to focus on the negative put themselves in a losing cycle that can replicate itself with others.  Today, let’s choose to focus on the positive.  We owe it to our world.  When we find meaning and purpose by focusing on the positive, we are likely to find the greatest personal power to achieve our goals. 

The following are some tips that may help you focus on the positive this week:
·        Place visual pictures and reminders where they can be constantly seen.
·        Visualize all the details of achieving your goals.
·        Imagine the feeling of success.

*Photo Credits: Google Images*
Barbara Baggerly-Hinojosa is a mother, educator, and wife living in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.  She is a PhD student with Our Lady of the Lake University in Leadership Studies.  Mrs. Baggerly-Hinojosa is the President of the Leadership Empowerment Group, LLC and is currently researching the relationship between the leadership of the high school principal and the high school drop out rate.  Mrs. Baggerly-Hinojosa is the author of Are You A Ten?  The Ten Characteristics of a Servant Leader.   For ordering information, please contact Mrs. Baggerly-Hinojosa at or visit and Barnes and

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