Michael Daly

Author, Speaker, Mentor

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Self-leadership and true success.

This month, it’s all about focus, Self-leadership and true success as I promote my book after its launch last month.

The word ‘focus’ has two main meanings. It can refer either to the ability to sort through many issues and recognise which are most important to you: so, being able to focus deeply means being able to process things thoroughly. ‘Focus’ can also mean the ability to bring constant weight to bear on the issues needing attention once they have been identified. This is the decisive-like quality of focus. So, when I use the word ‘focus’, here I’m incorporating both of these meanings.

People often need to sharpen both aspects of their focus. They have to process things thoroughly, allowing them to be decisive and thereby enabling them to manage, lead and perform with extreme accuracy and impact.

Staying focused is really about making sure you don’t get pulled in every direction, only in the direction that matters most to you. This very much comes down to what you focus on. If you focus on what’s good about your day, you will have a good day; when you focus on what’s bad, there’s a greater chance you will have a bad day. Similarly, if you focus on a problem, the problem increases; if you are prepared to focus on a solution, the solution becomes more important.

The focus is not right if we always react to and attend to what is urgent and ignore the most important things. Like I write about in the book, it is important to have a pension plan but often not urgent. You might not need it now but if you keep putting it off, then one day it will become urgent or it will be too late. When we are reacting to and getting done what is urgent, it is often in response to what others have identified as urgent. Staying focused will allow you to see what is important and must be responded to in order to get that done in a timely fashion. Meanwhile, allegedly urgent matters, if always reacted to immediately, have a greater chance of stopping you getting more important things done.

One of the simple truths of life is that people who try to do everything often achieve nothing. They often achieve nothing because they are so busy trying to do too much. By staying focused, you will put in motion a course of action that will allow you to create your unique vision and the life you truly want to be living. Having done this, focus will allow you to work out the best way to see this life become a reality. When you do this, you have a far greater chance of achieving what is most important to you.

So, again for me it’s all about focusing on getting my book out there this month and letting individuals, groups and organisations know about the work I do. Knowing that with this focus, I will have greater clarity and direction, allowing me to be completely positive, resourceful and resilient. All the qualities that will be needed to be called upon if I want to live a life of Self-leadership. Knowing that this focus, this willingness to apply disproportionate pressure in pursuit of a few selected goals in my life and work at this time, won’t leave me weak and limited, or even shallow, as some might claim. Counter-intuitively, this kind of unequal focus will actually increase my capacity and fuel my strength at this time.

So, remember,

The man who chases two rabbits catches neither.
~ Confucius ~

Mansion House, Michael Collins, Self-leadership, true success.

This month, it’s all about The Mansion House, Self-leadership and true success as I finally get to launch my book on Self-leadership there.

As you have no doubt experienced, there is a chasm between saying and doing, a chasm that takes focus, self-discipline and not a little faith to cross if you are to go on and live the life you need for it to be one of true and real success. As you start moving in the direction of the life you want, you start to move from wishful thinking to having belief in yourself, and finally knowing what you want and how to achieve it. So, truly am grateful to now be able to launch my book at the Mansion House – a place of history for so many great leaders like Michael Collins. The only thing is, that while there may be no Michael Collins around, the place will be full of Self-leaders for the book launch of The Six Traits of Self-leadership. A lot of Self-leaders that while not often written about or widely known are all people that I truly admire. People striving to live the six traits and what it is to live a life of Self-leadership on a daily basis.

They have accepted and live with the fact that, at times, you must embrace loss, endure pain or temporarily lose freedoms, yet know there is the need to have faith and belief in your own ability to succeed in being happy and successful in life.
To not forgot that the path out of gloom and despair begins with you doing your best to be steadfast in taking the small actions needed to stop you giving up or surrendering to defeat. To understand that it is one thing to suffer a shocking and stunning defeat and entirely another to give up on the life you so wish to live. Self-leadership is not only about envisioning a better future, it is also about believing in every fibre of your being and being truly convinced that you are the one to make this future come true. It is about the belief that you are the one to assume the responsibility for transforming the present into the life you truly want to be living.

There was a very famous actor who would go missing every afternoon for two to three hours, regardless of where they were in the shooting of the film. This caused untold hassle and expense for all involved, except for the actor himself, of course. He was so famous that the director would not even dare to ask what was going on, let alone challenge him. When filming had finished, and the atmosphere was more relaxed, the director finally did ask where the actor had been going during this time. The actor explained that his father had loved fishing and promised him that the two of them would go fishing when he retired. His father had died at fifty-four years of age, he didn’t get to retire, and they had never had the chance to go fishing. The actor was taking no risks and went fishing every day, regardless of what was going on.

The lesson the actor had learned was:

Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

So, again truly grateful to be finally launching my book at the Mansion House and not having put it off till another day.

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