ONE Thing to Help Narrow Your Focus

August 18, 2010 - Mac Lake - Leadership, Personal Growth

There is no shortage of opportunities for each of us to do good things.  And not just good things but significant things that will have eternal impact.  While this can be exciting for a leader it can also be debilitating.  The leader who naively says “yes” to every opportunity will soon find himself frustrated and ineffective. Choosing to narrow the focus of our lives is a difficult discipline, but essential to maximizing the impact of our giftedness.

If you feel your a little scattered lately here are a few questions that might help you narrow your focus:

  • What’s the ONE problem in this world that God wants to use me to do something about?
  • What’s the ONE thing I’m doing today that will make an impact in that area of need?
  • What’s the ONE gift or strength God has given me to make a difference in that area of need?
  • What’s ONE thing I need to stop doing to make me more effective in my mission?
  • Who is ONE person that can regularly check on my progress and hold me accountable for staying focused?

Take ONE hour today to process these questions.

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Mac Lake


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4 responses to ONE Thing to Help Narrow Your Focus

  1. excellent challenge Mac, I know that I have a long way to go but am definitely much more effective when I am intentionally narrowing my focus, thanks!

  2. Awesome, post!

  3. Here are my answers (or I might not ever do this):

    1. Make disciples like Jesus did (not mass-produced)

    2. Lay out my plan to do just this personally, through my family and through my church family.

    3. Encouragement & exhorting.

    4. Administration.

    5. Russ Miller

    This didn’t take me long. I’ve been wrestling with this for months. This post helped me get it down though. Laying out the plan…that will take time. That’s how you can pray for me.

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