Storytelling with Photos:It's All about of Focus

I learn so much from your comments left here. 
They give me a sense of connection. 
They motivate & inspire me. 
They cause to me go deeper and think about things from a different angle.
Donna had a phrase in her comment on my 2012 Prep post that struck a chord with me, 
"...as I narrow down the focus ..."

This has stimulated me. 
It's pulled together some separate thoughts that have been free floating in my head.

Having a big picture is important...knowing where I want to go and what I want to accomplish is key. 
Having a narrow focus on specific areas or items within that big picture is critical. 

Yesterday I read an article on telling a story with photography. 
A story has a beginning, a middle and an end. 
We know that. 
Interesting photos can have that as well. 
Life is that way.
Life style changes and growth all have a beginning, a middle and an end. 
It's the theme of living, I think.

So back to focus...
First, I need a mental or visual snapshot of what I want to accomplish.
Next, I need to "narrow down my focus" and look at the individual items within that snapshot. 
Each item, just like the big snapshot, has a beginning, a middle and an end. 

I'm big on vision boards that I keep in my notebook or using my Pinterest account. Making the visual "snapshot" helps me and gives me a refreshing reminder when I got off track.

What works for you? 
How do you keep your focus? or narrow down your focus?
How do you compose the beginning, the middle and the end of your goals?