How to Stay Focused

03/02/2015 03:37 pm ET | Updated May 01, 2015

Our focus drives everything in our lives. It almost single-handedly determines whether or not we'll experience a high quality of life and accomplish things that are meaningful to us.

Here are three counter-intuitive ways to stay focused:

1. Make fewer decisions. The more decisions we make, the more fatigued our brain becomes and the less effective we are over the long-term. So, first, stop browsing so much! Mindlessly browsing consumes incredible amounts of brainpower. Every new link and every new piece of information to pay attention to eats up your mental energy and reserves. It costs you not only your focus, but your willpower and future focal power as well. If you're looking for something, search for one thing, find it... and then stop. Limit your browsing and get back your brain.

2. Define your mission. Most people show up without any intention and, as a result, they end up doing too many things that aren't important. Ask yourself, "What do I desire in life? What should I be doing with my time at this moment to further my life and mission?" Figure out the steps ahead, take focused action, and be ruthless in minimizing time spent on anything else.

3. Say NO to everything immediately, as a first response, from now on. Don't immediately commit to projects anymore. Check them against your mission and passions. Ask, "Should I focus on this right now in my life? Yes or no? Is this good for me or bad for me? Is this the right time or wrong time?" Learn to say no to anything that doesn't fire your heart with full commitment and enthusiasm.

Staying focused is one of the most important skills in life. It's time to commit to getting back to a simple approach to life, to focusing on only one-to-three major things at a time. Day by day, moment by moment, move your life toward only those things that truly engage and energize you. Soon, you will start to experience what we call The Charged Life!

Brendon Burchard is one of the most followed personal development trainers of our time, and a Global Top 100 Most Followed Public Figure on Facebook. He is a #1 New York Times bestselling author whose books include The Motivation Manifesto, The Charge, The Millionaire Messenger, and Life's Golden Ticket. Brendon is also the star and executive producer of the #1 self-help show on both YouTube and iTunes, and his social media posts reach over 10,000,000 people per week worldwide. A popular seminar trainer and speaker, he was recently named by SUCCESS Magazine as one of the world's Top 25 Most Influential Leaders in Personal Growth and Achievement, along with Oprah, Deepak Chopra, Joel Osteen, Arianna Huffington, Dave Ramsey, Dr. Oz, and Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg. Entrepreneur Magazine rates his marketing seminar for thought leaders, called Experts Academy, as one of the Top 5 Must-Attend seminars for entrepreneurs. Larry King calls him "one of the top motivation and marketing trainers in the world." Recognized as a thought leader in human motivation and business marketing, Brendon is the recipient of the Maharishi Award and he sits on the Innovation Board at Xprize Foundation. Visit his website or blog for more information.