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Finding Focus Throughout the Seasons

After an incredible trip away, I have returned with a newfound love for Central and Northern Australia. Uluru has truly captured my heart, and I am so grateful to have experienced such a magical holiday.

Arriving back in Melbourne from the heat of Darwin, with its blue skies and temperatures over 30 degrees each day, was a stark reminder that winter is here. And, to be honest, it’s not my favourite season at all.

I thrive on blue skies and sunshine, and my mood can be heavily influenced by the weather. So, as my husband reminded me, it’s time to channel the mindset that is my superpower to get through the next three months. Okay, it’s not really bleak—I’m being dramatic—but stick with me.

Now that we are into June and halfway through the year, it’s a perfect time to reassess where your focus lies.

What you focus on is what you get.

This is true in life and in leadership. Where is your focus right now? Is it where it should be?

The Importance of Focus in Leadership

In leadership, your focus is your compass. It guides your decisions, shapes your actions, and determines your outcomes. According to a study by McKinsey & Company, leaders who maintain a clear focus on their goals and priorities are 40% more likely to achieve their desired results.

“The key is not to prioritise what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” Stephen Covey

Reassessing and Realigning Your Focus

As we move through the middle of the year, take a moment to reassess your goals and priorities.

Are you focusing on what truly matters?

Are you dedicating your time and energy to the activities that will drive the most significant impact?

Here are a few steps to help you realign your focus:

  1. Reflect on Your Goals: Revisit the goals you set at the beginning of the year. Are they still relevant? Do they need to be adjusted based on new insights or circumstances?
  2. Identify Key Priorities: Determine the most critical tasks and projects that will move you closer to your goals. Focus on these high-impact activities.
  3. Eliminate Distractions: Identify and eliminate distractions that pull you away from your key priorities. This might involve delegating tasks, saying no to non-essential commitments, or creating a more structured schedule.
  4. Listen to Your Intuition: Your intuition can be a powerful guide in making decisions and staying on track. Allow space for reflection and have the presence of mind to hear it. Often we know we need to make a hard choice, but choose to ignore it.
  5. Stay Flexible and Adaptable: While having a clear focus is crucial, it’s equally important to remain flexible. The business landscape can change rapidly, and being able to adapt your plans and priorities in response to new information or circumstances is a hallmark of effective leadership​.

Thriving Through the Seasons

To thrive in leadership, you need to be present and focused. This requires managing your mindset, especially when external conditions, like winter weather, are not ideal. As we navigate the next half of the year, remember to focus on what truly matters, make empowered choices, and lead with purpose and resilience. By doing so, we can create positive outcomes for ourselves and those we lead.