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Focal Point: A Proven System to Simplify Your Life, Double Your Productivity, and Achieve All Your Goals

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  • Posted May 14, 2009

    Focal Point

    Many people struggle in day to day life with managing their time, and making the most of their free time. Brian Tracy's Focal Point helps to provide and guideline on ways to maximize the time that you have in your life. He provides simple ways for you to make the most of your time. Using his simple guideline you will be able to increase your income, improve relationships and enjoy more time off.
    Brian Tracy implements the 80/20 rule early in his book. He believes that 80% of your income is generated by 20% of your time and that only 20% of your income is generated by 80% of your time. He believes that if you cut out the 80% of your time that only generates 20% of your income it will leave you more time to generate more income, and more free time off.

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  • Posted February 20, 2009

    On Point Indeed !

    In the first two pages of Focal Point, Brian Tracy tells an anecdote so powerful and real, readers could stop right there and still receive tremendous value. He walks the walk by making the focal point of his book crystal clear. But it's fortunate he wrote the following 222 pages, as he provides so many ways to translate the core concept into everyday practices.

    He applies the "Focal Point Process" to financial, spiritual, community, and personal objectives. Chapters include "Improve Your Family and Personal Life", "Enjoy Superb Health and Fitness", "Make a Difference in Your Community" and Spiritual Development and Inner Peace".

    The ideas may not all be novel, but the combination provides robust and viable touchstones for shifting to a more positive and effective mindset. For example, the "1,000 Percent Formula" offers the approach of achieving great change incrementally. The "Law of Increasing Returns" states that the more you focus time on activities that bring the most value, the better and more efficient you get at doing them, so your returns on effort and energy increase. "Zero-based thinking" means asking yourself, " 'Is there anything I am doing right now that, knowing what I now know, I wouldn't get into again if I were starting over today.. If your answer is 'yes', then your next question is, 'How do I get out of this situation, and how fast?' "

    Focal Point consolidates time management and prioritization guidelines useful in life and business. Collectively, the perspectives and questions both challenge current thought patterns which may not be productive and suggest new ones which are. Throughout, Focal Point encourages readers to concentrate on the activities through which they provide the greatest value, and accordingly, absorbing this underlying theme may be greatest value readers gain from the book.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

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    Foundational Reading for a Personal Development Journey

    I found "Focal Point" by Brian Tracy very down to earth in its presentation of ideas, technology for improvement, goal setting, life's planning, Vision and Purpose development. Well worth the read and time invested. Use a good hi-lighter and take notes.

    This is a fast read of 201 pages consisting of 12 well designed chapters, a very well developed Appendix and Index in the back. I will admit much of the information is pretty basic as compared to the advancements in personal development and self-improvement technologies since the initial publication of this book in 2002.

    I did appreciate his methods for self discovery, simplification methods to life's challenges, and probing, thought provoking self-examination questions. Gives one a new perspective on their current, past, and future situations. Again, the primary point of this book is we each have the ultimate power to determine the success and failure in our lives. The only way outside forces change our circumstance is if we give them permission to have such power over us.

    For one on a continuous journey of personal development, I recommend this book for your personal libraries as it adds value to your foundation and frame of reference.

    Craig Mattice

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