How many times have you reviewed the past couple of weeks, months even years and then realized you're no further forward than you were when you started.
The goals you set yourself are still sitting on the shelf gathering dust. Of course that's if you even wrote them down in your diary or journal in the first place. Because if you don't write them down somewhere, how on earth are you ever going to be able to check your progress.
The internet is a wonderful tool if used correctly, but it can also swallow up both your time and money if you don't take control.
How many times have you looked at a business model offered by one of the thousands of gurus out there and thought, Eureka! That's just what I've been looking for. The magic bullet that will cure all my financial woes.
You hand over your hard earned cash for an e-book or pile of CDs or DVDs and then do nothing until the next big wave of opportunity crashes onto the beach.
This is why it's so important to write down those goals, it might be just to earn a couple of hundred dollars, pounds, euro or yen a week, It might be just to get a blog started or to sell just one product on Ebay.
At this stage it doesn't really matter. What is important is that you have to grab the project, take control and focus on that project until its been completed.
Working as I do in the media, you live in a three minute world, on-air interviews are usually around three minutes, packaged reports are about three minutes ( half that if you work in television) But what we must have is focus and I'm not talking about the cameras either.
Reading a radio news bulletin means you have to focus on the clock every half hour, you tune out everything else that's going on around you. The clock rules your life.
A lot of people can't cope in that environment but staying focused is vital if you want to succeed.
The most successful dieters are those that focus on their weight loss goal.
The most successful military leaders are the ones who can focus on the final outcome of the battle and take the tough decisions to achieve that.
The most successful people on line are those that can focus on a monthly target, work out how they can get there, breaking down a 1000 a month to a weekly target and then down to a daily target.
They are also the ones who focus on their business by zoning out the emails offering the latest "can't live without" products until they have completed their first set of goals.
If you want to see real focus in action watch how a big cat attacks its prey.
It first of all takes up a position close to a herd of deer or zebra for example.
It focuses in on just one animal. One animal among possibly hundreds.
When its ready to pounce, it goes with one objective in mind.
The big cat has written down its goal. Dinner.
It's written down its goal of how it's going to get it. Bring down that young zebra second from the left.
It's time now to take action on those goals.
He races into the herd.
Zebra are scattering all directions.
The big cat disregards all of them, even although they are passing within striking distance.
He is totally focused on his goals. Dinner and the young zebra that was second from the left.
The end is usually inevitable.
For the big cat, goal setting and staying focused means the difference between life and death for its self and young family.
For many business ventures staying focused on the goals you've set can be every bit as important if you want to keep food on the table and a roof over your family.