I often notice, in my community and communities like mine, there's an overwhelming amount of emphasis placed on people having the "drive" to reach goals and overcome obstacles. There is also an abundance of said drive, as I look around and see that people do posses the desire for a happier family, a more comfortably sized home, or a larger bank account. What I don't see enough of, is focus. I don't believe the problem is people not being able to focus, I do believe the problem is a lack of understanding what it means to focus, and the importance of focus itself as a major key to success in the workplace and home life.
I don't believe the problem is people not being able to focus, I do believe the problem is a lack of understanding what it means to focus, and the importance of focus itself as a major key to success in the workplace and home life.
The two work together, but are not the same. Drive is more of a person's will to continue forward. Think of this in reference to a car, drive is like fuel. Having fuel is a huge deal. In fact, with no fuel the route doesn't matter, the maintenance of the vehicle doesn't matter, and the destination is totally irrelevant because you're unable to make a move forward without the fuel to start the car. You need drive when you wake up in the morning to want to get out of bed on time, take a hot shower, grab your breakfast, head over to work, and put your best foot forward. No matter the job, the pay, the location, the time... If you have no drive to get out of bed and go live your life to the fullest, the life you're living actually becomes irrelevant; you don't want it anyway. Drive is such a key factor in our day-to-day as it relates to reaching major and minor goals.
Focus, on the other hand, refers more to a person's attention to the task at hand. For example, imagine a person wakes up ready to take the world by storm; they have a day full of activities and tasks they truly want to complete, in order take another step closer to being where they want to be in life. This person gets dressed, eats a healthy breakfast, zooms to their office, and notices their security badge is not present. They're unable to enter the building to make it to their office and actually do any of the things they're truly driven to do. They had the drive necessary to carry out each task, but lacked the focus necessary to execute on the details, which would've literally opened the door for them. This is what we look like in life when we possess drive with no focus.
They had the drive necessary to carry out each task, but lacked the focus necessary to execute on the details, which would've literally opened the door for them.
These two characteristics are both necessary, but one without the other is a recipe for disappointment. While it is important to remain driven and keep ourselves in environments where our drive can flourish, we also need the focus to sit down and think before we act. Assessing what it'll take to get where you want to be, takes focus. Strategizing and creating a sound course of action prior to actually taking any action at all, takes focus. Doing the tasks we know we need to do but don't really want to do, takes focus. Consistency takes focus. It all takes drive, but it also takes focus.