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Getting to Simple: How Experts Figure What to Focus On
Peak performance experts say things like, "You should focus. You need to eliminate the distractions. Commit to one thing and become great at that thing." This is good advice. The more I study successful people from all walks of life-artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, scientists-the more I believe focus is a core factor of success.

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What To Focus On

To focus you need to eliminate the distractions, commit to one thing and become great at it.

To know what to focus on, try different things for some time until something comes easily a...

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Deciding On What To Focus

To know what's coming easily to you, what you’re performing well on, pay attention and measure the indicators of success in the chosen activity.

At some point, you won't need more i...

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Volume Of Work And Simplification

Once you have experimented enough and overcome the need for extra information and fear of committing, it's time to put in a consistent volume of work and persist through the grind.

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SIMILAR ARTICLES & IDEAS:

The basics to succeed in the gym:

  1. Commit to the long-term process.
  2. Don't treat exercise as something to do when it's convenient. 
  3. Great results come from great focus, not a great variety.

Don't focus on the short-term results

  • The goal is not to lose 40 pounds in the next 12 weeks, but to regain your health for the rest of your life.
  • The goal is not to bench press 300 pounds, but to be the guy who never misses a workout.
  • The goal is not to sacrifice everything to get your fastest time in next month's race, but to be faster next year than you are today.

Focus on the best exercises

People often waste time in the gym bouncing around without any real goal, doing a little bit of this machine and a little bit of that machine

The simple rule that will always guide you toward the best exercises: the more an exercise makes you move, the bigger the benefits it will deliver. 

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Productivity is simplicity

True productivity is putting the right things on your to-do list, exclusively answering emails that matter, and only taking meetings that will propel you forwards. 

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Helping others

Givers, those who are other-focused, paying more attention to what people need from them, dominate the top of the success ladder.

Productivity shouldn’t only be the pursuit of self-improvement, but also a mission to improve the lives and the work of people we encounter.

Prioritize the work that excites you

Minimize the things you dread and meetings you don't want to attend as much as possible: say “no”, delegate, and automate.

This leaves you to make room on your calendar for discussions that exhilarate you.

When what you spend your time on is congruent with your interests and values, progress feels conveniently close.

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The Time Domain

Time measurement seems so crucial that athletes forget what to do without any measurement of time.

Running an interval without any clock makes you keep in touch with your internal feelings an...

Disrupted

Disruption and a skewing of your personal space is a way to challenge your comfort zone and grow towards becoming a seasoned athlete who can perform in unfamiliar territory.

To Each His Own

Every race is a search for your individual limits. In an interval workout, the coach tells you exactly how many repetitions to do, and then you stop. The limit is imposed externally. 

For athletes to run to their maximum potential in races, they are the ones that should decide how many repetitions they needed to do in order to reach exhaustion.

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