Doing nothing will surely get you to where you’re going, if, of course, where you’re going is nowhere. Having a long list of ideas is both useless and pointless, if you never take action to bring anything into fruition. Perhaps, though, you’re like so many who believe that they have the next best idea, but fail to take the first step because you begin by overanalyzing the possible outcomes. You then decide to opt out due to an overwhelming fear of ‘fill in the blank’. The tragedy is that these ideas might actually be good, so the world would be missing out on something wonderful! Narrowing your focus towards solutions, rather than problems, will help you to change your mindset.

There’s a well-known principle referred to as trial-and-error; you may have heard of it. The idea is that you try something several different ways and observe the various outcomes. If whatever you’re doing results in the desired outcome, then fantastic, but if it doesn’t, then you simply make adjustments, however major and/or minor, and try again until the desired results are achieved. The beauty of trial and error is that eventually it will work, and you will know why and how. Trial and error provides great insight into solutions for our problems and obstacles. There’s also a hidden gem within the process of trial and error that is often forgotten as well; it allows for us to better understand what our likes, and dislikes, are. This is because as we attempt several different things, we make opinions about how we feel towards the task(s) at hand. This gives us a much clearer picture as to where our passions lie. Therefore, it’s a great tool for helping us to find our way through life.

I’ll admit, sometimes it will be frustrating, tedious, and difficult, but the knowledge acquired from trying and failing anything several times is priceless. You hear it all the time from self-help gurus: “Fail forward!” If you haven’t figured out what this means by now I highly recommend prioritizing the concept because it’s a powerful, time-saving skill to have. Looking at failures and harvesting the lessons they hold is crucial for your success in life. Better yet, if you can extract the lessons from other people’s mistakes, you will avoid making a few that have already been made by somebody else. When we make mistakes we have two options: feel badly and walk away, or analyze the misstep, gain knowledge regarding what was wrong about the approach, and adjust course, still set on accomplishing our goal. The later moves mountains.

Eventually trial and error helps us to narrow our focus, plus, it gives us a better idea of what matters to us, and what we are passionate about. Paying attention to, and noticing, these patterns will inevitably lead us to our wildest dreams. Trying, and trying again, eventually aids in manifesting our ambitions, when we look at all of what we do as somehow useful, win or lose, the universe seems to push us towards our successes, making them a bit more effortless and allowing us to dream even bigger. The focus we achieve by habitually pursuing an outcome, despite failures, will not only ensure that we ultimately achieve that outcome, but it will also give us the focus necessary to achieve greater things.

Lastly, it’s my opinion that we can’t discuss the topic of ‘focus’ without also mentioning something about imagination. I strongly believe that there is great power in our imaginations, and that the more we focus on creativity, the more good we can do in this world. Mark Twain said, “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” I couldn’t agree more. We must take care to exercise our imaginations, it’s one of our greatest gifts, and the biggest reason why I started MyIdeaPark in the first place! If our imagination is out of focus, it’s like driving in the dark with no headlights. Figuring out what to do (having a powerful ‘why’) is much more important than figuring out how to do it, so while trial and error is an amazingly useful tool, it’s worthless if you’re not focused on the right things. We have to use our imagination like a compass to guide us towards our natural interests. That’s when trial and error practice, and intense, narrowed focus benefit us the most.

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”

-Mark Twain

Of course, you don’t have to take my word for it. Choose a manageable goal and really push yourself to achieve it by utilizing your imagination, trial and error, and an increased, narrowed sense of focus. I guarantee you that within due time the goal in question will be realized.