5 Ways to Stop Focusing on Things Not Connected to Your Goals…

Kassandra Vaughn
5 min readApr 1

Your ability to achieve a big goal will be based as much on the things you DON’T do as the things you will do.

And while many posts will give you a list of tips, tools and strategies to focus on the ‘right’ things, this post is going to focus on 5 things you can do to stop focusing on the ‘wrong’ things… Wrong, in this sense, means anything not DIRECTLY tied to achieving your #1 goal.

It’s very tempting to focus on doing things that feel connected to your top goal- conferences you attend, blogs you read, YouTube videos you watch and podcast episodes you spend hours listening to. Even reading a book can become a “This is for my goals” action item when, in fact, it isn’t.

Pareto’s principle dives into this concept by putting it this way:

“A minority of causes, inputs, or effort usually lead to a majority of the results, outputs, or rewards.”

In other words, most of your results are achieved by a small percentage of the actions you’re taking.

So it goes without saying that much of what we do on a daily basis isn’t contributing to the results we’re achieving… which means that, if we can get to the small group of actions that actually achieve our results and double down on them, we’ll get to our results faster.

So let’s try to shave down the 80% of actions we’re taking that aren’t contributing to goal achievement so we spend more time devoted to the 20% that will get us to goal success.

Here are 5 ways to stop focusing on things NOT connected to your goals:

1. Plan your weekly actions AND schedule in the time required to complete them.

It’s one thing to decide what you want to accomplish in a week. It’s quite another to figure out how many hours you need and where you’ll actually schedule in the time to complete those deliverables.

Do this one thing and you’ll quickly discover that what we think we can achieve in a week and what we can actually do in a week are vastly different ideas… which is why you’ve got to schedule what you plan AS you are planning it. Doing this will…

Kassandra Vaughn

* Mindset Coach | Author | Soon-to-be Therapist * On a mission to help women 30 and above rebuild their self-worth & reclaim their power.