"Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem…" - Luke 9:51
For years now I have led and managed people. I have found that a key indicator of a person’s overall effectiveness is their ability to focus. Talent, unfortunately, does not translate into productiveness.
Have you ever heard of the fictional character Cyclops from the X-men?
Cyclops, in the Marvel narrative, has the ability to emit powerful beams of energy from his eyes. He cannot control the beams without the aid of special eyewear which he must wear at all times. To be quite honest, I think we all have an inner “Cyclops” inside of us. Inside of each and every one of us, we possess the unique power that allows us to plow through projects, move mountains, and make continual progress.
If you are going to be effective and help push the ball forward for yourself and others, focus will need to be a part of the mental arsenal you use daily. Here are 3 reasons why you need to FOCUS:
1. Purpose clarifies focus, and focus clarifies purpose. What do you need to get done today? What do you desire to complete this month? What are you wanting to achieve in this season of your life? In order to focus, you need a purpose. When you have a purpose, you can actually focus. Jesus was able to set his face towards Jerusalem with laser-focus because His purpose was to destroy the works of the devil through his death, burial, and resurrection. Begin your day with priorities. What can you do this week to help you make progress?
2. Focus serves as a reminder to follow up. Just because you initiated does not mean it is complete. Learn to follow up. If you are managing a project, delegate the tasks, and then follow up. Time and time again, I have seen people drop the ball simply because they “assumed” the other person was getting it done. Take time to send a text or an email, and simply check on the progress. Adapt and adjust. Find ways to help you monitor forward motion.
3. Execution is the result of focus. Desire to be known around the office as the person who gets things done. Execution is a by-product of someone staying the course. On the opposite end, distraction is the enemy of focus. If not guarded, distractions will rob you of precious time. The good news? You can start over and recalibrate! Focus, and watch your results.
What do you need to give your attention to?
-Abram Gomez is the Executive Pastor of Cross Church, formerly known as Valley International Christian Center, in San Benito, TX. He serves under the leadership of Bishop Jaime Loya and helps in leading the 2,500-member congregation. Abram is a graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Ministries. He recently earned his Master’s Degree in Human Services Counseling with a specialization in Executive Leadership from Liberty University. Abram is the founder and director of NextGenRGV, a movement designed to mentor Next Generation Church Leaders. Through NextGenRGV, Abram has established an online presence providing resources for young leaders with blogs, videos, and podcasts. Additionally, he has founded the Tribe, an intensive coaching program for leaders between the ages of 18-40. Abram recently received approval as a team member and representative for Nation 2 Nation University, a video-based ministerial school offering two and four year degrees. His teaching is a part of the curriculum including Youth Ministry, Church Administration and Church Growth. Nation 2 Nation University has partnered with churches around the world to establish ministry training centers equipping pastors and leaders. Occasionally, Abram writes for Valley Christian Magazine, a regional periodical that covers the entire valley. He and his wife, Rebecca, reside in Harlingen along with their precious daughter Isabella.