What Are You Looking At?
When it comes to focus, there are two typical types I commonly see. You're focusing on your activity or on what you're trying to avoid. When your attention is on your activity, you're in "do it" mode to the exclusion of everything else. All that matters is getting the task at hand completed so you can move on to the next. Making what you want to avoid the center of your universe seems like a good idea. You want to stay as far away from the negative consequences of what keeps you up at night. Both of these should be avoided at all costs because neither will help you achieve all that you can and want to have.
What you want to focus on instead is the desired outcome you want for yourself, your business, and ultimately your life. You need to be crystal clear on where you're going. Once you know where you're going, you'll be able to determine the best way to get there. Activity on its own doesn't equal achievement. You need to know your destination and then you'll be able to come up with an action plan that will get you there efficiently and quicker. Focus creates the filter you need to differentiate between the urgent and the important.
The reason you're not where you want to be is that you haven't gotten clear on where you want to go. The reason you haven't done this is that you're afraid of failure and that's causing you to live smaller than you should. That's why you feel like you're treading water many days. This is uncomfortable because you're not used to doing it. That's okay, do it anyway. Like anything else, you'll get stronger and better at this the more you do it. When you set your destination, don't think small. It's got to push and inspire you. It'll even scare you a bit. Michelangelo said, "The danger in setting goals isn't setting them too high and missing them. It's in setting them too low and hitting them." Make it big and achievable but a stretch. Believe in yourself and your ability to conquer your dream. When you do, find a new dream and then go after that. Do this and you'll show the world just how AMAZING you are!