When we consider what it takes to be successful, most experts will suggest that you find one particular area of focus and narrow in on it as tight as possible. But I’ve tried that strategy and found it less than inspiring. To be honest, I believe it’s brought me more struggle than success.

From the start of my writing journey, I fell into the trap of hyper-focus. It was hard not to as this seems to be the strategy everyone preaches. Of course, there were plenty of things about a narrower view that made sense to me: my clarity and understanding should have been deeper in a tightly-defined niche, it would be easier to brand myself so that people could understand more easily what I was all about, and it seemed certain that I would have the capability to go farther.

But what I’ve learned over my approximately five-year journey of finding my own area of impact is that it is perfectly acceptable to hold a looser grip, to be more expansive in my view, and to allow myself to explore a topic from multiple angles.

Go Wide or Go Home

The first benefit to a wider view is that by not narrowing in on a tight focus, our experience can be more fun and enjoyable. I could literally feel the constriction of the narrow way but by loosening my grip I became much more like the 7-year-old boy I remember myself to be: curious, full of fun, and in love with life. To not be constrained is to find freedom and in that, we can retain the best of what it means to be alive and in pursuit of those things that are most important to us.

Interestingly, I feel as though I have been going farther in my work faster than I ever did before. When you imagine driving a car in a very tight alley you can see how your intense attention could sap your energy and that your ability to drive would be marked by a tendency for over-correction. Rather than simply driving with ease and speed, you would be limited to focusing on your path and not hitting the side walls. Get out on the open road, however, and you would again be able to drive freely toward your destination.

I have also discovered that I have many more opportunities to grow when my horizons widen. When we are more open to life, more is drawn to us. It is the difference between a closed fist and an open one. And personally, we are free to grow in ways we never would have known otherwise. Rather than being root-bound to a small pot, when we are planted within a larger landscape we can grow unimpeded.

“Your greatness is measured by your horizons.” – Michelangelo

As we open to more, something else directs a greater growth in us as well. Evolutionary scientists tell us that a key component for a quantum leap from one level to a higher one is the presence of a minimal degree of complexity. This is not to necessarily imply a state of chaos but rather the bringing together of many things into a more sophisticated whole.

This state is also known as synergy, the synthesis of many different elements into something that is greater than the sum of its individual parts. But to be effective, synergy requires exactly that, many different parts. I’ve found that with a higher level of complexity comes an ability to evolve to greater heights. With the one-track focus, we grow but don’t truly evolve.

A Case Study: Elon Musk

As we discuss this idea of going wide rather than narrowing in our focus, it seems proper to substantiate it as a strategy that actually brings success in its implementation. Toward that end, I cannot think of a more perfect example than Elon Musk. Elon is arguably one of the most successful individuals of our time. And he also has a reputation for anything but a narrow focus.

Elon is currently the CEO or involved at a high level with numerous companies, institutes, and foundations, all of which are distinctly different in focus. But when one looks closer, there seems to be a fit and all his interests somehow work with or benefit from each other.

By the measure of the specific-focus strategy, he should be an utter failure—a branding nightmare and productivity backfire. But he is completely the opposite. His efforts seem to be extremely successful and people easily perceive a personal brand for him—the wizard intellect and bold individual who is taking humanity forward despite all naysayers and all bureaucracy.

“De-focus, for there lies another perspective.”

Widening Your Own View

My suggestion is rather than blindly believing that a highly-focused strategy is the only way to succeed, try loosening the reigns and go a little wider than narrower. This is backwards advice to most you’ve heard and there are plenty of brand and productivity specialists who will counter the argument.

But I’m not advocating for focusing on completely unrelated interests. The point is to just not be too specific. You can always go a little wider in your particular field. Things will still relate in some way—let it all find its own inherent balance. As you do I believe that you will find greater ease and enjoyment toward a higher level of success. Undoubtedly your growth will flourish in ways the hyper-focused strategy never would have allowed.

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This year is going to be the best year of your life. You are about to turn the biggest corner of your life. Do you know why? All of your life has been leading you up to this point in time. You were born for such a time as this. Imagine yourself casting a spiritual vision for this year that is miraculous in nature.

What is a spiritual vision? It is something you manifest by faith and it may seem just outside the realm of possibility to you naturally. It is outside of your access within your own abilities. 

How can you cast the freshest vision possible for your life? This year you can create something new under the sun, never done before. Your vision can be something not limited by the constraints of the past nor those imposed upon the present moment. Step outside the box and create the largest vision you have ever written for your life.

Jack London who was one of the first writers that ever earned a large fortune from writing along with worldwide celebrity status wrote the following. “I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in a magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live and not just exist.”

Do not let anything stop you just because it has never been done before. You could be the only one in your family, in your neighborhood, or in your generation to ever accomplish it. Anything is possible. 

“Spiritual vision requires that what we see with our eyes of our hearts will be more real to us than what we see with our natural eyes. We must see what is invisible to others.” – Rick Joyner

Ask yourself 3 questions about your vision

What is my perfect 20/20 vision for my life? How can I see with greater clarity the highest vision possible for my passion, my purpose and my destiny? How can I position myself to manifest greatness?

You were born to be a leader in your industry and take the world by storm. You were born to be a champion surrounded by others who have a unique thumbprint and will make a divine imprint on the world.

Step One: Cast Your Vision

A spiritual vision is laid out with a huge dream that you may not know how to complete. You begin it in faith that the end will manifest. It is a dream that accomplishes a purpose driven way greater than yourself. 

It may even seem impossible to fulfill. The energy behind such a vision will invite others in alongside you to help you manifest what you do not know how to do on your own. It is the largest vision possible that gives back to others in the greatest way.

The more defined and clear your vision is the more you can run with it. An example is Blake Mycoskie who wrote the book “Start Something that Matters.” He decided to start a business with a give back principle. He started TOMS Shoes and for every pair of shoes you buy, he gives away a pair to a child in a third world country. People were telling him that it should not be done as a business principle. You can’t give it all away. But, he did!

Step Two: Write the Vision Down

Write the dream out in vivid detail. Vision boards, pictures, words and vision statements. How will you know what it looks like if you cannot see it clearly? Begin with the end in mind. One of my favorite exercises I do at the beginning of a New Year is to write myself a letter for the end of that year as if my vision has already been accomplished.

So write a letter and date it for December 31st of that same year. Write yourself a letter thanking yourself for all it took you to overcome that year to see your vision fulfilled. Write it in the present tense as you are sitting at the end of the year seeing it complete.

You are practicing being in the mindset of completion. The letter goes in your goal journal, calendar or on your vision board to remind you throughout the year you have an end goal in mind. Imagine the joy you experience at the end of the year as you meet the person you have become along the way.

“Your thoughts shape your vision. You see what you choose to see.” 

Step Three: Position Yourself for Your Vision and Release it

Where are you seated right now? You can change your position anytime in life, and step into a new space. How do you position yourself for the highest manifestation of your dreams? I believe it has a lot to do with whom you sit under. Do you have a powerful mentor that challenges you and calls you out on ways you limit yourself?

You need to share your vision with someone in your inner circle to hold you accountable. The inner circle in life defines us. It is our core just like the mitochondria of a cell that gives its very life force to draw strength from. Ask those in your inner circle to invest in your vision by cheering you on during the year to make your end goal on time.

The largest of visions have to be declared aloud in front of others to hold them accountable. Release what is in your hand and let it come out of you this year. There is nothing stopping you! Ask yourself this question: Why did God put me on this Earth and isn’t it about time, I committed to manifest it?

What do you want to accomplish in 2020? Share it with us below so we can keep you accountable!

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