2020: Time To Refocus

“Remember, nothing will change until you do.”

It’s a new year, filled with new goals, new beginnings and a drive to be and do better than last year. It happens every New Year, and a lot of times that fuel runs out quickly.

How can you make 2020 different? What challenges are you currently facing and how can you refocus and make better choices that you can stick to this time?

A while back, I read The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Les Hewitt. I’d like to share with you some of the ways that the book can help you refocus, reflect and rethink. The Power of Focus is about helping you hit your targets in work and in life. This is the perfect time to learn from this book, while you’re still excited about the new beginnings and starting afresh because the book can help you start building a stronger foundation for a different and more promising future.

This is not a quick-fix formula or a promise for instant change. It’s all a work-in-progress and will work if you do the work. It simply points out where people go wrong with a lack of focus and how that can be fixed, the steps to take, the commitment and consistently making choices that help you stay focused.

Without giving away too much from the book (it will help to get a copy), I will give you a summary of how it can help you with your 2020 Refocus Plan. Each chapter has a section for writing out your action plans. Some of the chapters are:

Focusing On Your Habits – This chapter focuses on identifying bad habits, finding out how they don’t serve you and developing better habits that will contribute to hitting your targets.

It’s All About Focus -Here you’re advised to focus on your natural talents and using your gifts to the fullest. I liked this chapter because it’s so easy to get caught up in what other people are doing that we can lose sight of our own brilliance.

Taking Decisive Action – You’ll learn how to break the habit of putting things off and about active decision making.

Overcoming Setbacks – the focus here is on forming a champion mindset. There’s a step-by-step guide to help you get the outcome you want.

Ask for What You Want – you will understand why you sometimes struggle when you have an opportunity to ask for what you want, and how to overcome that.

Other chapters focus on building great relationships, confidence, purpose and more. The Power of Focus is a good guide for facing and accepting challenges and taking up opportunities. I found it quite easy to read, straightforward and the strategies are easy to implement. I’d recommend it for anyone who is stuck, lacking focus, trying to follow their goals but not able to actually get there. When you go through the book, it would be wise to keep a notebook with you, because even though it has space for writing you’ll need more pages. (Also, I believe writing in books should be frowned upon.)

Here’s to building a healthier, happier and meaningful life.


Rhonda Byrne lets us in on a little Secret.

Title: The Secret

Author: Rhonda Byrne

You’ve probably heard people like Oprah talk about it, people like Denzel Washington, Steve Harvey, Jim Carrey, Paulo Coelho and many other famous successful people that we can learn a thing or two from. The whole concept of like attracting like, being able to see it in order to be or have it and how we can manifest, or are constantly manifesting things into existence.

The Secret!

This book features twenty-four teachers who talk about the law of attraction, personal experiences and those of other people they’ve met and how we can use this law to benefit us. Some of them are, Lisa Nichols, Bob Proctor, Dr Denis Waitley, Jack Canfield and many other. Now, some people look at this book and say things like, “I don’t believe in this hippie stuff of just visualizing something and it will come into existence,” and quickly dismiss it. I guess it depends on how you read it and what you understand.

What The Secret essentially says is that our thoughts become things, we create what we are and have with what we’re constantly thinking about – both positive and negative. Your predominant thoughts are the magnet that attract things to you. So it advises that if you want positive things like wealth, healthy relationships and good health you have to make sure that the thoughts you keep and your actions are aligned with that which you desire. Some of the teachers stress that you cannot want wealth when you keep contradicting thoughts of poverty. Like attracts like, so you need to be what you seek.

Some people call it a revelation of how to attract miracles into their lives while some call it bullshit. Again, it depends on how you read and understand it. It’s very easy not to figure out the ‘action’ part. In the process of aligning yourself with what you desire, you work towards, you act as though you already have it, behaving in a way you would if you already had it. That’s a crucial part some people miss and therefore take the whole book as ‘close your eyes, imagine something and it will magically appear.’

I’ve read The Secret three times and have found it quite useful in making changes in my personal life. You don’t have to be a sage-smudging, tree-hugging, om-humming and mantra-chanting hippie to understand this book. You only need an open mind because it talks about things that can easily contradict many things that you’ve been taught to believe. I don’t agree with every single thing it says but that’s what happens when you read, you’re allowed to take what you take and leave other things outside. That’s how I enjoyed and used The Secret. I also got to put it to use by not using it as some miracle creating text but rather as a form of guidance.

It will be enjoyed by people who’ve read books like The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.