One of the biggest keys to success is knowing where to place your focus. Good leaders know when to say no and how to set boundaries. These skills enable leaders to minimize distractions and aim their attention at what God has called them to do. In this blog and episode of The WealthBuilders Podcast, you will learn how to maintain the focus, boundaries, and discipline necessary to lead well.
Focus, Rhythm, Momentum
There’s a reason why “in-between” seasons or waiting periods are sometimes frustrating and disempowering. It can be challenging to stay focused when you are caught between the past and the future. Visionary leaders may feel particularly stuck. Long ago, a leader in my life shared a concept that gave me language for this phenomenon: focus, rhythm, momentum. This means that if you break your focus, you break your rhythm, and you lose momentum. In other words, knowing what to focus on in each season is essential for consistency and forward motion. Focus, Rhythm, Momentum can apply to every area of your life, from family to finances.
How to Stay Focused as an Entrepreneur
If you lead a business, staying focused on your revenue streams is essential. It’s important to provide excellent products and services, but it’s equally important to understand the customer segments that will purchase those products and services.
Entrepreneurs and organizational leaders must understand how to position themselves inside their organizations. For example, one of our major revenue streams at WealthBuilders is our Real Estate Coaching Program. As I write this, we have 42 full-time real estate coaching clients. Mostly, I delegate that coaching to qualified, trusted people. I don’t focus on the coaching; I focus on ensuring the revenue stream is intact and efficient.
Many entrepreneurs get into the game because they are doers. They love to make pies, build tables, write, etc.…but as long as they continue to provide the product or service directly, they won’t build a business. Entrepreneurs must learn to shift their focus in the right season and position themselves as managers and leaders.
How to Stay Focused in Organizational Leadership
You must have sound systems and processes to stay focused and maintain a strong organizational culture. These will become even more critical as the organization grows. For example, I am the CEO of Andrew Wommack Ministries and Charis Bible College, and we have over 1200 employees globally. Systems and processes are critical! Even though legal and financial matters differ internationally, systems and processes allow us to maintain consistent cultural values.
For example, we have a core dialogue schedule for each region of the ministry. We recruit people to the system, not the person of Andrew Wommack. Recruit people to the vision, the culture, and how things are done. That way, the organization’s brand can scale beyond a single person.
When you set a boundary around your life, you’re setting expectations. Another way of thinking about this is the funnel of resistance. Here’s how it works: before you give people extensive responsibilities, see if they can be faithful in small things. Look for people who are F.A.T: faithful, available, and teachable.
Let’s say you’re a pastor trying to recruit someone to staff or develop a strong volunteer base. You want to pull from a current member(s) who actively serve with excellence. As the first level on the funnel of resistance, you might have a class that all volunteers must take before being placed on the schedule. Well, out of the people you shake hands with on a Sunday morning, only about 20 percent of those people will go through the boundaries you’ve established to qualify themselves.
The first boundaries you establish should be organizational. However, once you get to 20 percent, you can set more personal boundaries. In this group, you are looking for people ready to go to the next level. These people have proven their faithfulness, availability, and teachability. With the 20 percent, you can become more transparent and, in some cases, vulnerable. For the next layer in the funnel of resistance, you might give people more leadership responsibility and evaluate how they respond.
Connection and rapport are vital because you want the core people in your organization to represent you and the culture accurately. Boundaries are critical, and most people don’t have healthy boundaries. One of the greatest characteristics of strong leaders is that they have healthy boundaries.
What has helped you stay focused and set boundaries? Let us know in the comments!