This is the last and final article on the Power of Focus:
It’s time to wrap it up.
Have you ever met a person who is focused as opposed to a person, who, for the lack of a better word “all over the place?”
A person who is all over the place, who constantly shifts from one thing to another in his life is likely not able to achieve anything. It’s like planting seeds and digging them up to move them to another place, planting them, and re-digging them and replanting them in another place, again and again – what happens?
Eventually, nothing happens. The seeds likely will die, being watered but unable to grow roots to form plants that will eventually form fruits, plants or vegetables.
You have to uncover the power of focus in your life to bring progress, growth and success in your life.
Have you ever used a magnifying glass to burn stuff? I remember using magnifying glass to burn dead leaves, matchsticks, dead insects (gosh), and even try it on my own skin, but it never burnt on me. And it’s such memories such as these that now, looking back, I did harness the power of a magnifying glass to focus sunlight into a force enough to burn small stuff safely.
DIFFUSED SUNLIGHT VERSUS FOCUSED BEAMS
Everyday we live with sunlight, and the sun, as we know, is one of the largest source of power and energy – it powers and brings much life and light to the world. Every day that is of sunlight, the sun will shine a lot of watts of power and energy to the world, which many people harness in solar energy, tap on for agriculture and food production etc.
The sun is super hot, thousands of Celcius in temperature will melt anything it comes to contact with…yet, on earth, you can safely sunbathe to get a suntan with some healthy dollops on sunblock (always sunblock ya).
On the converse, have you seen and heard of how focused laser beams are used to cut super hard stuff such as diamonds and steel? Focused laser beams can be tweaked to be cold laser, used in medical, or hot industrial laser to cut really hard stuff – as hot or even hotter than the surface of the sun.
That’s the difference of power between diffused light versus focused light. Still light, but different spectrums.
Focus will bring power and energy to all that you do.
Focus can bring energy and power to whatever you do. Churches with focus have greater impact in a city than unfocused churches. The future of your business or career depends on the focus you put into it. Remember the old adage: If you are a Jack of all trades, you become a master of none!
THE GREAT COLA WAR
One of the greatest illustrations of the power of focus is the “Great Cola War” between Pepsi Cola and Coca Cola. In the mid-1980s, the market shares of Pepsi Cola and Coca Cola were about even.Pepsi then started buying Frito-Lay—the maker of ”
Lay’s Potato Chips”—the world’s largest snack food company. Pepsi then bought Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and KFC, which were the world’s largest pizza, Mexican and chicken fast food chains respectively. In addition to that, Pepsi also owns Hot n’ Now, Chevys, Californian Pizza Kitchen, DÌAngelo Sandwich Shop, and East Side Mario’s. Altogether Pepsi owns 24,000 restaurants, making it the largest restaurant owner in the world. In comparison, McDonald’s has only 14,000 restaurants.
In the drink’s department, Pepsi owns Pepsi Cola, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi Max, Pepsi XL, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Slice, All Sport, and even Lipton Tea. And just for kicks, Pepsi also sells Russian vodka in the US.When you look at the parent company PepsiCo, it is very impressive. It has a much bigger spread than Coca-Cola. After all, Coca-Cola is only a beverage company, period. But while PepsiCo is worth US$44 billion, Coca-Cola is worth twice as much at US$93 billion. Per dollar of sales, Coca-Cola is worth almost four times as much as PepsiCo!Pepsi’s philosophy is to be all over the world as quickly as possible. Coca-Cola has a simpler, more focused mission: To be number one in America. First, America, and only then, the whole world. That is the power of focus.Let us look at another comparison. While Pepsi owns 24,000 restaurants, McDonald’s only owns 14,000 restaurants. But Pepsi’s restaurants make only US$400 million in annual profit, whereas McDonald’s restaurants make US$1.1 billion in annual profit. The 24,000 restaurants that Pepsi owns have an estimated combined value of US$10 billion. In comparison, the 14,000 restaurants that McDonald’s owns are worth US$31 billion. The smaller, more focused company is worth three times as much as the larger, less focused company.
SUCCESS IS NOT HOCUS POCUS
Success is all about focus. Your vision is what you focus on; vision is what you see. Focus a camera on a flower and shoot. The emerging picture will not be a tree. Your vision must be a picture of what you choose to focus on. You will not experience success in life if you focus on anything other than the source of Life—Jesus Christ. No wonder the great apostle Paul says,
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 3:13-14)
Paul took all the energy he could muster to focus on the purpose God had put in front of him.
When you read about our Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospels, you will find that He was the most focused person in the world. He was always focusing on His Father’s work. There was never a day that went by where Jesus was idling or getting distracted. Even at the tender age of 12, Jesus was already about His “Father’s business” (Luke 2:49). Jesus never did or said anything that wasn’t first initiated by His Father.In Luke 9:51-53, we read that Jesus was so focused in what He needed to do—going to Jerusalem, going to Calvary, going to the cross—that He could not be distracted. Three times in that passage, the Scripture describes that Jesus was so resolute, the intensity of His focus was evident all over “His face” and posture. He was 100 percent single-minded to be the Savior of the world.
Jesus ran His entire life according to God’s purpose for Him. He fully concentrated on His life assignment. While He healed all who came to Him, He didn’t heal every sick person in the places He visited. While He delivered the oppressed who came to Him, He didn’t cast out every demon in every town.When He was at the pool of Bethesda, there was a great multitude of sick, blind, lame and paralyzed. Jesus only healed one man who had an infirmity for 38 years. Only one! Why didn’t He heal the rest at the pool? Because it was not His heavenly Father’s assignment for Him that day.
Countless times when Jesus went up to the Jerusalem temple to pray, He would have passed by a lame man by the Gate Beautiful. But not once did He stop to heal him. Why not? Because again, it was not God’s assignment for Him. It was a task meant later on for Peter and John after the Day of Pentecost. As far as Jesus was concerned, He had to stay completely focused on His purpose.
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