What you focus on, you will follow.
I did gymnastics when I was a child, parkour when I was in high school and cheerleading in college and in each discipline, the technique for doing a backflip was the same. You were taught that where your head goes, your body will follow. If you tilt your head and look back, your body will naturally go backwards. Mid-flip, as you spot your landing, your feet will follow through and land where you are looking.
In life, like in a backflip, where your head is, your body will follow. Or to put it another way, where your focus is, you will go.
You may have experienced this first hand if you’ve ever agonized over a bad habit or an addiction and found that the more you tried to break it, the more it refused to be broken. Ironically, only once you became consumed with something else did you finally look up and realize that it was no longer a part of your life.
If you pour your focus into something, you mind, body and soul is consumed with it and every decision, no matter how minor, seems to push you toward that one thing.
The same is true of a lack of focus. If you’re not focusing on anything, you’ll find yourself moving toward nothing in particular, spreading what little momentum you can muster across many areas of focus.
As a Christian, my one focus should be Christ but it’s far to easy for me to get wrapped up in thinking that if I want to succeed at something, I must focus on that one thing first and foremost. However, over the past two months I’ve been learning in practice what I’ve known to be true in my heart: if you focus on Christ first, everything else will fall into place. Christ is the head and where the head is, the body will go.
Make no mistake, focusing on Him does not mean replacing action with prayer but rather, preceding action with prayer. If our priorities are aligned, He will guide our steps.